How to Apply for Pitzer Students

Study Abroad Application Period

There are two due dates for approved study abroad programs and exchanges. There is one due date for non-approved programs. Applications should be brought to the Office of Study Abroad no later than 5 p.m. on the application due date. The due date is merely the last day of the application period. We accept applications throughout the application period.

Due Dates

  • Fall 2015 and full year applications for approved programs and exchanges are due 5 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014.
  • Spring 2016 applications for approved programs and exchanges are due 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
  • All applications for Fall 2015 AND Spring 2016 non-approved programs are due 5 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014.

Step 1: Attend a Study Abroad information session.

Students planning to study abroad are required to attend a Study Abroad information session before they apply. Students are encouraged to attend a fall information session to provide the greatest flexibility in study abroad choices. Students must be present for the full session. Make plans now for the session that fits your schedule. (Please note that the information session is different from the First-Year Seminar presentation.)


Thursday, September 4, West Hall P103, 4:15 to 5:30 PM
Wednesday, September 10, West Hall P103, 4:15 to 5:30 PM
Friday, September 19, West Hall P103, 2:00 to 3:15 PM
Tuesday, September 23, West Hall P103, 4:00 to 5:15 PM
Thursday, October 2, Avery 201, 9:00 to 10:15 PM - evening session
Monday, October 6, West Hall P103, 4:00 to 5:15 PM
Thursday, October 30, West Hall P103, 4:00 to 5:15 PM

Step 2: Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser.

After the information session, make an appointment with an adviser in the Office of Study Abroad to discuss your academic goals and identify the programs that might best work for your educational plan. You will receive the Pitzer College Study Abroad application instructions at this advising appointment. Advising times are available throughout the week. We are unable to make appointments via email. Please stop by our office during office hours to schedule an appointment.

Step 3: Research Program Options.

It is important for you to take these steps to learn about the various programs available so that you can make an informed decision for your semester abroad:

  • Research the approved program options to learn more about the programs that were identified in your advising session. Note: There is no cross-registration for study abroad or off-campus study programs at the other Claremont Colleges.  Study abroad programs through Claremont Mckenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College, and Pomona College are considered non-approved programs. Off-campus domestic programs sponsored by the other 5-Cs, including the CMC Washington Semester Program and the CMC Silicon Valley Program are also considered non-approved programs.  Pitzer students may apply for these programs as non-approved programs.
  • Consider the information on the courses available, program dates, pre-requisites, and housing arrangements. You will need this information to complete the corresponding questions on the Pitzer College Study Abroad application.
  • Once you have narrowed your choices to two or three options, interview past participants and talk to them about their experiences. Your study abroad adviser may provide emails for past participants.
  • Email questions to or make another appointment with a Study Abroad adviser if you have questions that cannot be answered by the website or by past participants.

Step 4: Discuss Plans with Your Faculty Adviser.

Students in any major can include a semester of study abroad in their educational plan. Some majors require early planning to fit in a semester abroad. You will need to make a preliminary choice of the courses you would like to take while abroad, and your faculty adviser must approve the courses you propose by signing the Adviser Approval form. To view the classes available, visit the program’s web page or inquire with the Office of Study Abroad.

Step 5: Meet Applications Deadlines

The Pitzer College Study Abroad Application, including an interview with a past participant, a faculty recommendation, faculty adviser approval form, essays, and a language evaluation (if required) must be submitted by the due dates listed above. You should distribute the faculty recommendation and language evaluation forms as early as possible to allow sufficient time for faculty to complete them. Keep a copy of your completed application (except the confidential recommendation) for your records.

Students are not normally eligible to study abroad during their first-year at Pitzer.

ISEP Exchanges Applicants
Students applying for approved ISEP programs must submit the Pitzer College Study Abroad application AND the ISEP program application by the Pitzer application due date.

Non-approved Programs Applicants
Students applying for one of the non-approved program spaces should submit two Pitzer College Study Abroad applications; one for their non-approved program choice and one for their alternate program choice. The alternate program must be one of the approved program options. Due to the limit on non-approved program spaces, applications are evaluated to determine which students demonstrate the most compelling academic reasons to attend the non-approved program. It is possible that students who apply for academically rigorous programs may be turned down due to lack of available space. Students applying to participate as a sophomore are NOT eligible to apply for a non-approved program.

Step 6. Acceptance

We will send an email to your Pitzer email account notifying you of your Pitzer College acceptance to study abroad six to eight weeks after the due date for your semester of participation. Your acceptance letter will include a list of acceptance documents that must be returned by the due date listed in the letter in order to maintain your eligibility for study abroad. Do not complete program specific applications for exchange programs (except ISEP exchanges) or non-approved programs until you receive your acceptance letter from the Pitzer College Office of Study Abroad.