Global Initiative at Hiroshima University


The Thunderbird School of Global Management-Arizona State University-Hiroshima University Global Initiative offers an undergraduate degree program on the campus of Hiroshima University, a leading national comprehensive research university in Japan.

At Thunderbird/ASU-HU Global Initiative, students study towards a bachelor’s degree in global management or international trade. Upon successful completion of all the requirements, a Thunderbird bachelor’s degree is conferred by Arizona State University, whose main campus is located at the heart of the City of Tempe in the State of Arizona.

An intensive pre-admission English as a second language program prepares non-native English speaking students to study in English, and through the rigorous four-year Thunderbird curriculum, students will be equipped with specialized skills, knowledge, and global perspectives to play a leading role in global and complex environments.

Thunderbird Tokyo Office will provide support for applicants, so please contact us here

Start Date August
Program 4-year Bachelor’s degree program
Bachelor of Global Management (BGM) or
Bachelor of Science in International Trade (BSIT)
* All four years of academic instruction in Global Initiative is provided in English.
Unique Points
  • Undergraduate program offered by the top-ranked international management schools with over 75 years of history
  • Study at 2 campuses: the 1st & 2nd years in Hiroshima, Japan and the 3rd & 4th years in Arizona, USA
  • All four years of academic instruction is provided in English.
  • American Bachelor’s degree program
  • Officically accredited and recognized as a “Location in Japan of a Foreign University” by MEXT*
    *Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • 3 years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) is granted to students who have completed Bachelor of Science in International Trade (BSIT).
  • A vast and engaged alumni network called “T-birds”
Degree Bachelor’s degree (by Arizona State University)
Location 2 years at Hiroshima University campus (Japan) + 2 years at ASU campus (USA)


Bachelor of Global Management (BGM)
For those who want to take an active role and demonstrate leadership in multinational corporations and government organizations

BGM draws on Thunderbird’s expertise in global management practices and intercultural communication training to provide students with a highly specialized global business education.

Thunderbird’s highly specialized global business education

  • Intercultural communication training
  • Global management practices
  • An internship and a capstone project, and more

Bachelor of Science in International Trade (BSIT)
For those who want to be active in the global commerce (international trade) market

By learning the skills needed for a career in international trade and applying those skills through a local, national or international internship, students will further deepen their understanding of the political, cultural and economic aspects of business and pave the way for global career development.

Learning skills needed for a career in international trade

  • Supply chain management, systematic assessment of risk
  • Exports and imports of goods and services
  • Effective strategy planning for international trade using economic agreements, and more


Arizona is the hottest market in the country right now, and Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is one of the hottest cities. It is a largest city in Arizona with a population of 1.6 million, and ranked 5th in the nation after New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
In recent years, high-tech industries such as semiconductors have relocated from Silicon Valley in California to Arizona, which has vast expanses of inexpensive land. This is why it has been called the “Silicon Desert,” and it is one of the fastest-growing and most rapidly developing areas in the United States. With many companies headquartered in Phoenix, there are plenty of internship opportunities.


Thunderbird graduates, after experiencing internships at a variety of global companies including Ford and Intel, work for global companies and non-profit organizations such as the United Nations, organizations for international cooperation and NGO.

Through “T-bird Connect”, a unique platform created exclusively for Thunderbird alumni, students continue to connect with more than 45,000 alumni in approximately 145 countries around the world after graduation, enabling them to explore new opportunities and business chances.


The career support office helps students find employment opportunities in various countries and companies. Based on a database of many companies for which graduates are working, we provide useful information for job searches, such as job information, guidance, and mock interviews.


Documents screening only

Required documents

School transcripts: GPA 3.0 or above*1 English test scores: TOEFL iBT 61 or IELTS 6.0 or Duolingo 95 or above*2

  • * No entrance exam or interview required, based on our principle of “equal educational opportunities for all aspiring students”
  • *1 Our school will calculate your GPA based on your transcript.
  • *2 If you do not have or do not meet the English proficiency test scores listed above, you can meet the requirements by taking and completing ASU’s online intensive program (ASU Global Launch: English for Undergraduate Admission and Achievement) with certain grades.

English proficiency and conditional admission

English for Undergraduate Admission and Achievement 8-week online intensive program provided by ASU. Students will be exempt from English admission requirement by completing this program with a certain level of grades.
Who Those who have not taken TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo
Those who do not meet the English proficiency for our admission requirement
Those who feel unsure about classes conducted in English
Period 8 weeks: annually in January, March, May, August and October
Cost $475
  • * This program requires an online screening test.


Period Per Year
Bachelor of Global Management (BGM) 4 years $32,000
Bachelor of Science in International Trade (BSIT) 4 years $32,000
  • *Tuition will be paid in US dollars.
  • *An application fee of $85 will be charged.
  • *A deposit of $500 is required at the time of admission. The deposit will be deducted from the tuition.
  • *Please note that the application fee and deposit will not be refunded regardless of enrollment.
  • *We have a scholarship system for all students. We will inform successful applicants of scholarship procedure.
  • *Textbook fee is not included.


This program offers a scholarship for all students. (no repayment required)
Students eligible for scholarships can receive a scholarship every year for four years while they are in school.

  • * You can apply for other scholarships available to international students along with the Thunderbird scholarship.


Pre-applicaion form
can be completed though email and online

Fill out the Thunderbird pre-application form and send to below email address.

Counseling session scheduled
within 7 days from the reception of application

Global Initiative Office will inform you of the date and time for a counseling session – either in person or online – via email.

either in person or online

At the counseling, we will advise you on your major, how to prepare for application, and the flow of the application procedure.

ASU application & Required documents
see required documents above

Applications will be submitted online to ASU and all required documents must be mailed.
*Global Initiative Office will assist you with the application process.
*An application fee of $85 is required when applying online or on My ASU.

with which you can log into your personal portal site

An ID, with which you can log into your personal portal site “My ASU” to check your application result
and further steps towards admission, will be issued after completing an online application.

ASU Admissions

*Global Initiative Office will guide you through the process.

will be posted in sequence

Log into the ASU portal site with MyASU ID to check your application result.

student dormitory and other accommodations available

Proceed with the admission procedure according to the guidance, which will be sent to successful applicants through My ASU or email.


Pre-applicaion form

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Please send a pre-application form to


ASU/Thunderbird Global Initiative Office
Phone: 03-6634-9500