Intercultural Understanding

The Pitzer community is committed to intercultural understanding both at home and overseas. Intercultural Understanding enables Pitzer students to comprehend issues and events from cultural lenses beyond their own.


  • Nearly 75% of Pitzer’s students will study abroad through one of 60+ programs. There are five Pitzer Direct-Run Programs that take students to Botswana, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy and Nepal. Pitzer also offers summer study-abroad options in Costa Rica and Japan. Home stays with one or more host families are central to the success of Pitzer programs. They help students understand the culture and issues important to the community and country they’re visiting. Pitzer programs also include extensive language study and the opportunity to conduct a directed independent study project.
  • Pitzer College students consistently win more Fulbright Scholarships per capita than any undergraduate college students in the nation. Twenty-two members of the Class of 2014 were awarded Fulbrights in Bulgaria, China, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Uganda, among other countries!!
  • Pitzer campus supports a diverse national and international community. The Class of 2019 includes students from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Rwanda, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 10% of Pitzer’s undergraduate student body is international, 30% of Pitzer’s full-time, professorial faculty were born outside of the US, and there are nearly 30 international exchange students on Pitzer’s campus each semester.
  • International Place is an active international multicultural center. It support the international community of The Claremont Colleges by sponsoring community events and field trips throughout the year.
  • The Critical Global Studies program (formerly International & Intercultural Studies) provides an interdisciplinary course of study to help students understand the multiple perspectives on power relations in the social, economic, political, scientific and cultural arenas. The CGS coursework balances in-depth learning in local cultures with general issues of relations between cultures and nations.
  • New Educational Objective effective Fall 2015: Intercultural Understanding: Students, working closely with their advisers, will select a set of courses and/or programs to demonstrate intercultural understanding from a global or international perspective, and from a domestic perspective.