Quick Info

  • Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Anthropology, Asian Studies, Business, East Asian Languages and Literature, Economics, Engineering, History of Art and Architecture, Philosophy, Political Science
  • : 1 April 2018 - 10 August 2018
  • : Regular Pitt tuition and fees + living expenses + airfare
  • : Spring: Friday, 6 October 2017; Academic Year: Friday, 23 March 2018. Additional information must also be submitted to this institution directly.
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus


The University of Kitakyushu offers a large number of course within the following faculties:

  • Under the Faculty of Foreign Studies, students may choose courses focused on English, Chinese, and International Relations.
  • Under the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration students may choose courses from the Department of Economics and from the Department of Business Administration.
  • Under the Faculty of Humanities, students may choose courses from the Department of Comparative Culture and Department of Human Relations.
  • Under the Faculty of Law students may choose courses from the Department of Law and the Department of Policy Studies.
  • Under the Faculty of Environmental Engineering students may choose courses from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, the Department of Information and Media Engineering, the Department of Architecture, and the Department of Life and Environmental Engineering.

Student Life

The University has established a Student Plaza with the objective of ensuring that students enjoy a fulfilling student life and enhanced career education. In fact, many students use the Plaza's employment information service and comprehensive consulting service for daily issues. In addition, the Center for International Education and Exchange serves as a hub of support for over 200 international students studying at the University. 

The International Student Association at the University of Kitakyushu organizes many events, allowing exchange students to meet and interact with other students and faculty members. 


There are no student dormitories at the university, but the university aids you in renting a private apartment located within walking or bicycling distance of the campus. Monthly rent is about JPY 25,000. Light, heating and water utility costs are approximately JPY10,000 per month. There is a cafeteria on campus, and there are inexpensive restaurants and takeout shops around the campus.

Food expenses are approximately JPY 1,000 a day. You can purchase a meal card from which you can spend a maximum of JPY 1,000 a day (JPY 150,000 per year). We lend home appliances such as TV, refrigerator, microwave, bedding, and bicycles etc. during your stay.

For more information regarding costs, please consult Kitakyushu's Guide for International Exchange Students.  

Pricing And Dates

Arrive in Kitakyushu Depart Kitakyushu
1 April 2018 10 August 2018

Arrive in Kitakyushu Depart Kitakyushu
Late September 2018 Early February 2019


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your exchange university.

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad. 

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000)
  • Room and board
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits)

Personal expenses vary with individual students. Wondering about the cost of living? You can review the Kitakyushu website for more information. 

Special Information

Insurance: All students are obligated to be a member of the National Health Insurance. Annual insurance fee is about JPY17,000, and about 90% of that is covered by the supporter’s association for International students. When you receive a medical treatment, you pay only 30% of medical expense by presenting the insurance card.

Visa: All exchange students need to obtain a student visa in order to stay in Japan, regardless of nationality or duration of stay. After the enrolment procedure, UKK applies for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) on your behalf. After being issued the COE, you apply for the Student Visa at a Japanese embassy or consulate general in your country. For details, visit Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Language Requirements: Non-native Japanese speakers are expected to have an advanced level of Japanese language proficiency in order to take courses at UKK.  Those without advanced proficiency are expected to have a N4 level or higher to take Japanese language courses.  

Scholarships: Exchange students will be considered for the JASSO scholarship, if available. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Jessica Sun

Walk-In Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 2 - 4 p.m.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, I am the exchange program manager at the Study Abroad Office at Pitt.  I am so excited to be a part of your exchange experience, be it here at Pitt or over at another institution overseas.  I studied abroad in Tuscany, Italy, while I was in school and absolutely loved all the experiences that came with exploring fresh pasta, Renaissance art and new experiences.  I certainly hope that you will love your exchange experience just as much wherever you choose.  Outside of the office, I am all about cities, food, art history and tea.  Good eating and traveling!  Let me know if you should have any questions at jessicasun@pitt.edu or at +1 412-383-7165.