International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer Exchange with Kwansei Gakuin University
Location Nishinomiya, Japan (Between Osaka and Kobe)
Host Website
Eligibility Students must complete Japanese 1A prior to participation. Students must be in good academic standing at Pitzer College. Preference will be given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one area studies course on Japan or Asia in history, politics, literature, religious studies, or international relations is required. Additional recommended preparation: Language, Culture and Society; Intercultural Communications; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Students must submit both the Pitzer application and the Kwansei Gakuin forms
Program Dates Fall program: Not available
Spring program: Early April to late July
Full year: Late September to late July with a Winter Intensive Program between semesters.
Required Courses Students choose an intensive Japanese language track or a language and culture track, and take the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Students may choose the intensive language track.
Independent Study Possible for full year students during the Winter Intensive Program
Course Options Courses for international students are available in English covering Japanese and Korean culture. Regular university courses are available to students with sufficient Japanese language skills. The college offers some courses in the environmental studies department in English at the Sando campus (one hour commute) for interested students
Credit Possible Students must take a full course load of 15 to 16 KGU credits in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. Credit amounts vary for each class so students may be enrolled in 4 to 6 classes. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students live with host families and eat breakfast and dinner at home. A lunch stipend is provided to eat lunch at the campus cafeteria.