Kwansei Gakuin University – Summer Program

TBD for Summer 2023 (the study abroad office should have an update by winter 2023)


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

Program Title: Kwansei Gakuin University – summer 

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. 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
Summer 2023: dates to be determined

Short-term program brochure for course descriptions:  2020 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.

Advising Notes:
KGU will accept a maximum of two (2) students for the summer program.