International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)


Program Title Pitzer/ISEP Exchange with University of Debrecen
Location Debrecen, Hungary
Host Website ISEP: University of Debrecen
Eligibility Students must be in good standing at Pitzer and have a minimum 2.75 GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but qualified sophomores are eligible if space is available. No previous language study is required.
Preparation At least one Eastern European area studies course is required before departure. Some examples of other possible 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: Early September to January (early exams can be arranged)
Spring semester: Late January to June
Full year: Early September to June
Required Courses Pitzer students are expected to take one course while abroad that includes content on Central European history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer Sakai course Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing.
Intensive Language Pitzer students are required to take an intensive Hungarian language course.
Independent Study See a Study Abroad Adviser.
Course Options Some courses in central European language and culture are taught in English. The Institute of English and American Studies offers all courses in English for international and Hungarian students alike. Courses are available in British cultural studies, U.S. culture and civilization, Australian and Canadian studies, English-language literatures and English linguistics (including applied linguistics and methodology). Tutorials in English in other fields may be possible. Visit the ISEP website shown above, select ‘Academics’ and follow the Hints for Researching Courses.
Credit Possible Students must take 30 ECTS while abroad in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. Depending on credits 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 are housed in student residences and receive a stipend from ISEP to cover meals in the campus cafeteria. Homestays may be possible.
Advising Notes The chance of placement for qualified students is excellent.