Costs of Study Abroad for Pitzer Students

Fees

First-time participants on a semester study abroad program approved by Pitzer College are charged Pitzer's comprehensive fee and a flat $550 travel contribution. The comprehensive semester fee, which is $29,708 for the 2013-2014 academic year, is calculated including the cost of the 16-meal plan and the charge for a double room in college housing. The travel contribution pays for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), offering supplemental travel insurance, and a portion of the airfare expense. New Resources students and students who do not usually live or eat on campus are charged the full comprehensive fee listed above.

The comprehensive fee and travel contribution for a student's first study abroad program covers: tuition, room, board, a round-trip airline ticket for travel from Los Angeles International Airport to the international airport nearest to the program site, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and the overall cost of administering study abroad at Pitzer College. Students on a second semester abroad program pay the full comprehensive fee, are responsible for paying the full cost of airfare for the least expensive destination (see the information on airfare below) but are not charged an additional $550 travel contribution.

Students participating in a domestic exchange program are not charged the travel contribution. The comprehensive fee for a domestic exchange program covers: tuition, room, board, and the overall cost of administering study abroad at Pitzer College. (The one exception to this is the CMC Washington Semester for which students are neither provided nor charged for room and board.) Students on domestic exchanges are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program site.

Additional Costs

Pitzer students may be responsible for additional travel expenses if they request special itineraries or make late arrangements. (See the information on Airfare below.) Students may be charged additional fees for some courses and/or field trips, lab fees, art fees, optional field trips, etc. In cases where the total costs paid by Pitzer, including the College's own overhead, exceed Pitzer's comprehensive fee, students may be asked to pay the difference.

Student Expenses

Some costs connected with overseas studies are NOT included in the fees paid to Pitzer and should be considered in the student's budget planning. Expenses that are the student's responsibility include the following:

  • • fees for a passport and student visa
  • • medical insurance coverage while abroad (required)
  • • the medical exam required prior to participation
  • • the dental exam recommended prior to participation
  • • immunizations recommended for participation
  • • photographs
  • • additional airfare costs incurred for special itineraries
  • • travel expenses to and from the airport (bus, taxi, train, etc.) either in the US or in the host country
  • • cost of housing and meals before or after the program or during school break periods or independent travel textbooks
  • • housing or damage deposits (these will be refunded to you at the end of the program if you do not cause any damage)
  • • expenses for items or services that are not typically provided on the program but to which Pitzer students may be accustomed (e.g. telephones in rooms, email/internet access, access to computer labs, gymnasium and sports facilities, etc.)
  • • field trips that are not a required part of a course
  • • expenses for items that are not covered in fees paid to Pitzer (e.g. books, personal entertainment, toiletries, long distance phone charges, laundry charges, independent travel during school breaks, etc.).
  • • Fees for travelers checks, ATM fees, or conversion fees charged by credit card companies

Regardless of what type of insurance students have, they will almost always have to pay cash upfront at clinics and hospitals abroad. Students should collect the receipts for all expenses and submit them to their insurance company for reimbursement. Students are advised to be attentive to a difference in the cost of living and the exchange rate and the impact that it will have on their budget.

Airfare

Pitzer College will provide each Pitzer study abroad participant with a round-trip airline ticket for one semester abroad experience. Pitzer students on their first semester study abroad program pay a travel contribution of $550. Pitzer then provides a round-trip airline ticket for travel from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (or equivalent priced airport) to the international airport nearest to the program site for the exact dates of the program. Students on their first semester study abroad program are REQUIRED to book their flights with the travel agent designated by Pitzer College. Tickets purchased with frequent flier miles, through other travel agencies, on-line, or directly from the airline CANNOT be reimbursed or credited to student accounts.

Students doing more than one semester study abroad program will pay for their own airfare for the less expensive of the two destinations and will not be charged the airfare contribution for the second semester. Please contact the Office of Study Abroad for details.

Pitzer students will work directly with Pitzer's designated travel agent to finalize their tickets by the date indicated in their acceptance letters. It is not necessary to depart from or return to LAX, but the cost of such a ticket is the maximum amount the College will pay for airfare. The travel agency will bill Pitzer for the approved ticket. Students will pay the travel agency directly for the additional costs of an itinerary that is more expensive than the approved flight. (Note: This is in addition to the $550 travel contribution paid to PItzer.)

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

  • • Late travel arrangements – If a student misses the date indicated in his/her acceptance letter, any additional cost for the delay will be the student's responsibility.
  • • Travel dates that vary from the dates of the program, including going early or staying after the program ends
  • • Indirect routing or stopovers through other cities or countries of interest
  • • Departure from or return to airports other than Los Angeles or equivalent priced airport.
  • • Open return tickets
  • • Extra luggage charges - Luggage restrictions can be changed by the airlines without notice.
  • • Transfer charges to and from airports • Replacement of lost tickets • Charges for changing the ticket after it is issued
  • • Use of the travel agency after hours emergency service number - $25 per call.

Summer Programs

The Costa Rica Summer Health was $11,188 for Pitzer students for summer 2013. 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 $5,594 for the one course option and $11,188 for Pitzer students who took the two course option (core course and Independent Study) for summer 2013. 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 always 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.