Costs of Study Abroad for Pitzer Students

Pitzer College employs a one-price policy for study abroad, which affords all Pitzer students the opportunity to have international/intercultural experiences as part of their Pitzer education. Study abroad students are billed the full comprehensive fee, meaning Pitzer tuition, fees, double room and full board as well as a $550 travel contribution. The comprehensive fee and travel contribution cover program tuition, non-refundable program fees, housing, meals, a round-trip airline ticket based on travel from Los Angeles International Airport to the major international airport nearest to the program site, and an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides supplemental travel insurance. In addition to program related costs, the comprehensive fee supports the cost of promoting and administering study abroad programs as a whole as well as the College’s general infrastructure (from information technology to financial aid) that is available to study abroad students before, during and after their time abroad.

Note: Students who usually live off campus, including New Resources students, should be aware of the additional cost for room and board. Students on domestic exchange programs are not charged the travel contribution since neither airfare nor the ISIC are provided.

 The items below are NOT COVERED in the comprehensive fees plus travel contribution and should be considered in your budget planning.

   • Passport and student visa fees

  • Photos required for applications & visa
  • Cost of required immunizations
  • Cost of the medical exam required prior to participation
  • Medical insurance coverage (required)
  • Additional costs incurred for airfare if departure is not from Los Angeles or if arriving before or extending after the program dates, or if participating on a domestic exchange.
  • Cost of housing and meals before or after the program or during school breaks (e.g. breaks between terms or semesters, spring break)
  • Housing or damage deposits (the deposit will be refunded to you if you do not cause any damage)
  • Expenses for items or services that are not typically provided on the program but to which students may be accustomed (e.g. telephones in rooms, email or internet access, access to computer labs, gymnasium and sports facilities, etc.)
  • Expenses for any items that are not provided for in fees paid to Pitzer (e.g. personal entertainment, toiletries, independent travel during school breaks, field trips that are not a required part of a course, long distance phone charges and sometimes charges for local calls, laundry charges, etc.)
  • Lab fees and supplies for science or art classes
  • Textbooks
  • Expenses resulting from a difference in the cost of living. Expenses in your study abroad location may be the same, higher or lower than in the US. The exchange rate should be considered when planning your budget.
  • Overload course fees for more than 9 Pitzer course credits in an academic year

Airfare Policy

All Pitzer students participating on one international semester abroad program will pay the $550 travel contribution and are REQUIRED to work directly with the travel agent designated by Pitzer College to finalize their tickets by the date indicated in their acceptance letters. Tickets purchased through other travel agencies will NOT be reimbursed or credited to your student account. Frequent flier miles may NOT be used to book flights.

The maximum airfare Pitzer College will pay is based upon the cost of a round trip ticket from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to and from an international airport near the program site for the exact dates of the program. The travel agent will bill Pitzer for the approved ticket. No refund or credit is given if the ticket costs less than the maximum. Students will pay the travel agent directly for the additional costs of an itinerary that is more expensive than the approved flight.

The following items may increase the cost of a ticket. Students will only be charged for actual overages.

  • Finalizing travel arrangements after the due date listed in the student’s acceptance letter
  • Travel dates that vary from the dates of the program, including going early or staying after the program ends
  • Special requests for routing or stopovers through specific cities or countries
  • Open return tickets - these are discouraged and may not be possible due to visa requirements
  • Extra luggage charges - airlines may change luggage restrictions without notice.
  • Changing the ticket after it is issued.
  • These costs include change fees and any increase in airfare.
  • Replacing lost tickets

If a student is unable to use an airline ticket, it must be cancelled with the airline prior to the departure of the first flight that will not be used otherwise the entire value of the ticket is lost. Students are responsible for this cost.

Students participating on a second international semester study abroad program are not charged a second travel contribution and are responsible for paying for and booking their own flights. If there is a disparity in the cost of airfare between the first and second study abroad program, please contact the Office of Study Abroad before booking your flights.

Summer Programs

The Costa Rica Summer Health was $11,635 for Pitzer students for summer 2014. Official fees, which typically include a price increase, are announced each May. The program fee covers: tuition, room and board, a round-trip ticket provided by the College's travel agent from LAX (or an equivalent priced airport) to San Jose, Costa Rica, required course-related trips, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), and a transcript.

The Summer Study in Japan program was $5,818 for the one course option and $11,635 for Pitzer students who took the two course option (core course and Independent Study) for summer 2014. Official fees, which typically include a price increase, are announced each May. The program fee covers: tuition, room and board, a round-trip ticket provided by the College's travel agent from LAX (or an equivalent priced airport) to Osaka, Japan, required course-related trips, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), and a transcript.

Financial Aid

Pitzer financial aid is granted only to Pitzer students approved for study abroad by the External Studies Committee. Since working abroad is not usually possible, students who would have been packaged with federal work study will receive an additional grant the semester they are away.

Pitzer students on financial aid participating in a Pitzer summer program worth at least two Pitzer course credits may be eligible for financial aid for the summer program. Students on financial aid who wish to receive financial aid for the Summer Study in Japan program are required to take the two course option. Financial aid used for a summer program may reduce the aid available for future semesters. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for clarification.

Student Accounts

The comprehensive fee and the travel contribution will appear on the student's account for the semester(s) they will be abroad. Program fees, charges and expenses, are paid in U.S. dollars to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Please contact Student Accounts for information on billing schedules and payment options.