Many people from the fashion industry around the world have visited Bunka since the opening of the 1953 fashion show to which designer Christian Dior was invited. There has since been active exchange with foreign schools, governments and industry. Bunka Gakuen International Communication Office was opened in July 2002 to arrange all international exchange activities within Bunka Gakuen. The International Communications Center develops a variety of activities, such as providing information for overseas exchange students, a consultation service for current students studying at Bunka Gakuen who want to study abroad, advising students from overseas who want to study at Bunka, and also the development of exchange activities with partner institutions. In November 2005, Bunka Women’s University hosted the conference of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) with the aim to develop exchange opportunities with overseas educational institutions. Bunka has already organized the annual IFFTI conference and international meetings on its campus. It is important for Bunka Gakuen to create a global educational environment and overseas exchange activities in order to nurture students in an internationalized society. For this reason the International Communication Center at Bunka Gakuen strives to create study abroad and exchange opportunities with its overseas partner institutions.
Since Bunka Fashion College became a partner institution of FIT（Fashion Institute of Technology）in 1969, Bunka Gakuen continues to increase the number of agreements with schools around the world. Bunka Gakuen currently has 33 school and academic exchange agreements and it is developing a variety of exchange programs with its partner institutions such as short and long-term study abroad programs, academic exchange, seminars, and joint research projects.
As of May 2011, there are 1,127 overseas students studying at Bunka Gakuen’s four schools (Bunka Women’s University, Bunka Fashion Graduate University, Bunka Fashion College and Bunka Institute of Language). This is more than 10 per cent of the entire student population at Bunka Gakuen. Overseas students come predominantly from Korea, China and other Asian countries, however over the past few years there has been an increase in the number of students from Europe, the United States and Africa. In total, there are foreign students from over 30 different countries.
The Overseas Student Center is attached to the International Communications Center for the purposes of assisting those students from abroad. There are a variety of newspapers and magazines in a variety of languages. There are also computers for students to use. The Centre also organizes Japanese cultural events such as sports contests and other inter-cultural events.