» Global Leaders Class

The Global Leaders Program at the Faculty of Economics selects approximately 15 outstanding students at the end of their first academic year to enroll in our Global Leaders Class (GLC). The selection process evaluates candidates’ GPA, English language skills and motivation, and also includes individual interviews. GLC students are recommended to start by participating actively in the Faculty’s small-group academic English and English communication skills courses and basic seminars taught by foreign faculty members, as well as basic seminars in economics offered in English by both Japanese and foreign faculty members as part of the Global Leaders Curriculum.


GLC members are also expected to take part in short-term overseas field studies, and will therefore be given priority over non-GLC students when registering for field trips abroad and their respective preparation courses. After completing his or her short-term overseas field studies, each student will select a foreign university from among our academic exchange partners and go on a study-abroad program for 6 months to one year, as a next important step towards gaining the kind of experience and international perspectives that are considered necessary for successful global leaders. Upon their return to Japan, our GLC students have further opportunities to improve their language skills by taking more advanced academic English classes.


GLC participants will ultimately be required to obtain 60% or more of their Faculty credits from courses taught in English. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will receive a special “Global Leaders Program Certificate” issued by our program.


We were delighted to receive numerous applications for the program in 2014 and 2015, eventually selecting 17 and 16 students for our respective 2014 and 2015 Global Leaders Classes.


Kickoff Meeting for the 2014 Global Leaders Class Held on April 2, 2014


In July 2016, we announced an additional call for applications for the 2014 Global Leaders Class. As a result, one student was approved to join the Class.



Welcome meeting for a newly selected member for the 2014 Global Leaders Class (August 8, 2016)



Kickoff Meeting for the 2015 Global Leaders Class Held on April 2, 2015



Kickoff Meeting for the 2016 Global Leaders Class Held on April 26, 2016



Kickoff Meeting for the 2017 Global Leaders Class Held on March 28, 2017



Kickoff Meeting for the 2018 Global Leaders Class Held on March 26, 2018



Kickoff Meeting for the 2019 Global Leaders Class Held on March 25, 2019