Quick Info

  • Kobe, Japan
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : East Asian Languages, Literature, and Studies
  • : June 3 - July 7, 2019
  • : TBD
  • : Sunday, 28 January 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, In Good Academic Standing, Open to Non-Pitt Students, Open to students from all campuses and departments


All students must enroll in 6 credits. In addition to the mandatory “Japanese Language and Culture” course, students choose either “Doing Business in Japan” OR a course focusing on Japanese culture or literature. Courses may count towards UCIS Asian Studies certificate. 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

The student experience will be guided and facilitated by faculty from Pitt’s East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. Support will be supplemented by faculty and staff at Konan University, a Pitt partner of long-standing.


Be open-minded and prepared to experience life like a local student. You will commute up to one hour on local trains (depending on where you live) from your dormitory to classes. A partial commuter subsidy is included in the program cost depending on place of residence. Housing is in clean, modern single-sex dormitories (private room) with shared baths, laundry, and partial use of a shared kitchen. An extensive meal plan (most meals provided) is included in the price of the program.

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Kobe Depart Kobe
June 3, 2019 July 7, 2019


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

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 6 credits
  • Housing in Kobe for five weeks
  • 2 meals a day for six days a week
  • Health Insurance
  • Orientation and Farewell parties
  • Commuter Subsidy (depending on location of residence hall)
  • Excursion to Nara

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Academic Materials (~$150)
  • Airfare ($1500-$2000)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($1000)
  • Local Cell Phone (varies depending on preference and usage)

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.

Special Information

  • Please note this year's program is 5 weeks long.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Leslie Ann Smedley

Walk-In Advising Hours: MW 1:00pm-4:00pm; TH 11:00am-2:00pm

Hello Students! I am Leslie Ann Smedley, Senior Advisor and look forward to helping Arts and Sciences students to identify, apply for, and thrive in the study abroad program that fits each students’ academic/linguistic/cultural needs. I have been in the field of International Education for many years, including the last 10 in the Study Abroad Office. I am a Pittsburgher who studied abroad in Strasbourg, France while an undergrad and haven’t stopped travelling since. In addition to being passionate about discovering new places, I love to cook, garden and read. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals!