International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with American University in Bulgaria
Location Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Host Website ISEP: American University in Bulgaria
Eligibility American University requires a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation At least one Eastern European area studies course is required before departure. Other general preparation options include: Comparative Politics, Intercultural Communications, Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
Application Pitzer College Study Abroad Application, ISEP Application and forms required by the university
Program Dates Fall semester: Late August to mid December
Spring semester: Mid January to mid May
Fuil year: Late August to mid May
Required Courses Participants are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on Eastern European history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Students are required to take a Bulgarian language course.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Other Course Options The most appropriate fields of study for exchange participants include European studies, journalism, and political science/ international relations. Other options include economics, history and mathematics.

Visit the ISEP website shown above, select ‘Academics’ and follow the Hints for Researching Courses
Credit Possible Students must take 15-16 semester units to equal four course credits at Pitzer. Depending on the unit amount per class, students may need to take 4 to 6 classes. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credit for the Sakai course. See above under Required Courses.
Housing Options Students will live in student residence halls and receive a stipend from ISEP to eat in the campus dining hall.
Advising Notes The chance of placement for qualified students is excellent.