Exchange (UPEP)

The University Partner Exchange Program (UPEP) of Kalamazoo College was created to provide an academic and cultural exchange for visiting international students selected in cooperation with the College’s worldwide university partners. This one-year exchange program is designed to encourage and facilitate an intensive immersion into all aspects of residential campus life at a small U.S. college of the liberal arts and sciences. The Center for International Programs (CIP) coordinates the UPEP, serves as the primary campus resource for its participants, and coordinates activities and excursions to encourage an immersive experience.

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Kalamazoo College has a small, close-knit campus community with opportunities to develop mentoring relationships with faculty. You also have the option to explore a wide variety of courses in numerous disciplines.

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Popular Classes for Visiting International Students

LANG 121 Speak & Listen: 5 Minutes in America
LANG 131 Lost in Translation
LANG 210 Foreign Lang Teaching Methods I
LANG 211 Foreign Lang Teaching Methods Il

Teaching Assistant

Visiting International students (VIs) who are fluent in the following languages — French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish — are eligible to become Teaching Assistants at Kalamazoo College. Some Fellowships require Teaching Assistant (TA) duties and enrollment in Foreign Languages Teaching Methods course. As a TA you will gain experience while leading language labs, receiving training and support from professors.

Study Areas

Shape your own path in the liberal arts and sciences with K’s innovative and integrated approach to academics. Students can customize their experiences for a personalized approach to their college education. There’s no need to follow a prescribed list of general education requirements with our open curriculum.

Humanities and Art

  • Art and Art History
  • Music
  • Theatre Arts
  • English
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Language and Literature

  • Chinese
  • Classics
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • German Studies
  • Japanese
  • Spanish Language and Literature

Visit for 30+ more study areas at Kalamazoo College. All courses are conducted in English (except language courses) and are available to exchange students provided they meet the prerequisites – except for first-year seminars, sophomore seminars, and senior seminars.


  • Woman, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Film and Media Studies
  • African Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Community and Global Health
  • Critical Ethics Studies

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Economics and Business
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
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Chisato Matsuoka

My year at Kalamazoo College was such a unique experience. I loved the closely knit community at K because it really helped me form valuable relationships with students and professors from so many different places in the world. Al my professors called me by my name and always answered questions I had after class. Overall, my time at K was wonderful!

Chisato Matsuoka, Waseda University

Student Life

The Kalamazoo College Office of Student Activities (OSA) creates an enjoyable campus experience for students. There are countless events and activities throughout the year. In the Fall, we have activities like K Fest where you can explore the 70+ student organizations on campus. Despite the cold, during the Winter Quarter, we have several highlights such as World Night and our student favorite, Monte Carlo. For the Spring, we have so many more outdoor activities to celebrate the good weather!

Usaid Bin Shafqat

My first year at Kalamazoo College has been phenomenal. I have been able to take part in many different student organizations that have allowed me to interact closely with the student body coming from diverse backgrounds. Specifically groups like the International Student Organization. We are always happy to have Visiting International students.

Usaid Bin Shafqat, International Student Organization member

70+ Student organizations to explore

Join groups like…

  • International Student Organization
  • Chess Club
  • Ecology & Conservation
  • Latin Student Organization
  • Asian Pacific Islanders
  • Cirque du K (circus arts)
  • Black Student Organization
  • Athletic Leadership Council
  • K-Rock
  • Kalamazoo Dance Team
  • Fencing Club
  • Red Cross Club
  • Acapella
  • Religious and Spiritual Life Young Men of Color
  • K Philosophy Club
  • K Cheer
  • Arab Student Organization

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Campus and Surroundings

Nothing beats a small city for combing location, educational opportunities and a sense of a close-knit home. The Kalamazoo-Portage metropolitan area offers exactly that.

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Kalamazoo is only a few hours away from major cities like Chicago and Detroit. the local airport and Amtrak train station make traveling even easier for you. the CIP often hosts organized trips for international students to these cities and local areas as well.

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Along with the many student activities hosted by the college, you will have the opportunity to participate in other local activities and festivals ranging from professional sports to museum and art exhibitions. There is so much the city has to offer.


Explore culture, nature or even big cities. Our location offers all three to the fullest.

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Accommodation & support

The Center for International Programs coordinates activities and excursions throughout the year to encourage an immersive experience. Support is provided in different forms depending on your needs and the CIP works hard to ensure you have the best year possible at Kalamazoo College.


  • Airport pickup upon arrival
  • Meet other incoming students
  • Attend information sessions regarding health and safety, culture, academics, visa regulations and more
  • Trip to Lake Michigan beach

Sponsored Activities

  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Host family program
  • Trip to Chicago
  • Activities throughout the Kalamazoo area
  • Movie and game nights


You are guaranteed on-campus housing. Visiting international students are often paired with a domestic student in a double room for housing. Join the closely-knit community and make life long friends with this experience.

Campus Facilities

  • Three dining options
  • Library
  • Student health and fitness center
  • Indoor swimming pool

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At no ivy institution are the students so deeply engaged, so broadly prepared, or so heavily invested in a sense of community as at Kalamazoo College. In short, no ivy school is likely to have as much impact on a youth’s development.

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