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Project course: Bark Japan

Would you like to work abroad in an international setting? Get 10 study points and live like a local in Tokyo, Japan? 


We are seeking four students with a drive to do project and event management in the startup environment. The setting for the course is the new startup event Bark in Tokyo. Travel expenses and accommodation are covered by the university. 

The participating students will be on site in the destinations for approximately 5 weeks (starting in January), working in different fields with preparing and executing the events. Depending on your background and interests, you may work in the following areas:

  • marketing (communications, PR, social media)

  • media (photography, video, management)

  • speakers and programme management (MC:ing, planning and coordinating programme, speakers, events for speakers etc.)

  • HR management (recruitment of volunteers, managing community events)

  • investments (facilitation and matchmaking)

  • startups (organising startup days and pitching competitions,

        facilitating matchmaking with investors)

  • partnerships (contract management)

What and when?

Bark recently launched as a continuation and rebranding of Slush Tokyo in Japan with the same energetic team as earlier. Bark will follow a similar structure and scale as the previous events. The experience and tasks will be of the same kind as earlier students who have taken part in our Slush Project Courses. The only difference that you will take part in building something new!

Bark website:

Your project will last approximately from the 22rd of January - 26th of February.



Are you the one traveling to Tokyo in January? Willing to blog with your team about your experiences? Would you like to learn more about marketing, startups, event organization and work in an international setting? If yes, then it's time to apply. We encourage all Åbo Akademi students to apply, no matter the discipline.


We expect your CV, an overview of previous studies/completed courses, and a link to a 60 second video pitch (in English) why your are the one to be sent to Tokyo. Try to clearly tell what you can provide to the team in Tokyo and do not be afraid to show your personality. It's a pitch!

The chosen candidates will be informed by the end of November (w. 47-48) and a briefing event (practical details, travel dates, tasks in Tokyo, contact persons etc.)  about the course and the tasks will take place. 


Send your application to, your video can be a hidden Youtube link, Google Drive link etc.

For more information contact or 0407707251

How is it like? Get inspired by these blogs from previous Slush courses: 


The applicants will be chosen in cooperation with the Bark team in Tokyo.

Course details

Course: Slush Project Course
Level: Intermediate/advanced

ECTS (Credits): 10
Time: Approx. 22rd of January - 26th of February

Number of students: 4

Course description: During the course the student will deepen
knowledge, both theoretical and practical, in a chosen area (marketing, organization and management) through project and team work. Detailed content, including literature and theoretical approaches, will be agreed with each course participant individually. The course participants will form a team to support learning and advancement of project work. The learning outcomes are individual, but intended as increasing knowledge and understanding, as well as practical skills, in the areas of event organization and management, entrepreneurial business opportunity identification, and marketing communication. After
a completed course the student will have gained knowledge of project management in an international context and is able to take cultural aspects into account in of marketing management.

Examination: project work on site depending on area (marketing,
investments, startups, partnerships, programme management or team management), individual literature package according to agreement, reflection papers and blogging, project report

Briefing event: attendees will be informed during week 48.

Travel expenses and accommodation are covered by the university.

Contact details:
Johan Ekblom,

Phone/whatsapp: 0407707151