Kwansei Gakuin University – Summer Program


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

Kwansei Gakuin University – Summer Program

Host Institution: Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan

Students must be in good academic standing at Pitzer College and have a 2.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. The deadline to apply for the summer 2024 program is February 1 2024. Interested students should email the study abroad office to receive an application. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then complete the Kwansei Gakuin application.

Courses (courses may very each summer)
Course Credits
Semester Units
Japanese Society OR
Japanese Culture will be offered.
Students choose one elective from Group A:

The Japanese Production System in Context  OR
Religions of the East

Students choose one elective from Group B:

International Relations of East Asia  OR
Contemporary Japanese and American Politics and Society  OR
Japan and East Asia in Motion


Program Dates
The summer program dates vary each year- the program typically runs from early June- mid-July

Short-term program brochure for course descriptions:  2023 KGU Summer School 

Study Trips
Students have short study trips which may include visits to Nara, Asuka and Yoshino, Nissin Cupnoodles Museum, Toyota (Nagoya) or Kyoto (Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kinkaku-ji).

Housing and Board Options
Students will live with host families or in international dormitories provided by KGU depending upon availability. Host families are located within a 60-minute commute to KGU. Host families provide breakfast and dinner on weekdays and three meals a day on weekends. The international dorms are self-catered.

Summer Program Costs
The program’s total cost is $12,000, which is approximately the cost of two summer courses at Pitzer. This amount will cover tuition, all program activities and study trips, full room and board, and round-trip flight. Financial aid for summer study abroad is available to help cover the program fee. Students should consult with the Office of Financial Aid for specifics.