International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

South Africa

Program Title Pitzer Exchange with the University of KwaZulu Natal
Location Durban, South Africa
Host Website
Eligibility Students in good standing at Pitzer College. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one African area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is required. Several such options are offered at Pomona College. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Pitzer College general application and any forms required by the university.
Program Dates Fall Semester: Mid July to late November
Spring Semester: Late January to Late June
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course that includes content on South African history, politics, literature or culture and are strongly encouraged to take a course in an indigenous language of South Africa, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho are taught as regular college courses.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options The University offers broad curricular offerings with particular strengths in the humanities, social sciences, history and politics. For course offerings, go to the University’s International Relations page From the menu to the left, hover over “International Students”, then hover over “Student Exchange Programme”, and select “Courses on Offer” (you can usually find the program handbook here, but it may not always be available due to updating.
Credit Possible Students must take a course load of 64 units at UKZN in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. In addition, students will earn 0.5 course credits for the Pitzer Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students are housed in dorms on Howard Campus. Rooms are singles with communal bathroom facilities and kitchens. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by the University.