International Exchanges – South Africa

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with the University of KwaZulu Natal

Location: Durban, South Africa

Host Website

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College and have 2.0 or higher GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.

At least one African area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is strongly recommended. 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

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the kwaZulu Natal application.

Program Dates
Fall Semester: Mid July to late November
Spring Semester: Late January to Late June

Required Courses
Students are required to take a full course load at the University including one course with content on South African history, politics, literature or culture and are strongly encourages to take a course in an indigenous language of South Africa, and the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

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. Please note: Pitzer students can only take courses offered at Howard College. For course offerings, go to the University’s Handbook at

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 writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students are housed in dorms on Howard College. Rooms are singles with communal bathroom facilities and kitchens. Students prepare their own meals with a stipend provided by the University.