International Students

Pitzer College welcomes applications from international students. The Class of 2021 includes students from Bolivia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong S.A.R., India, Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Additional Application Requirements

International students use the same application for admission as domestic studentsIn addition, international students may need to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting their results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Duolingo English Test (DET) .

Pitzer requires TOEFL or IELTS scores from students whose native language is not English. Students who have studied in an English-speaking curriculum for 4 or more years may apply for a testing waiver. Click here to find out how to request a TOEFL/IELTS/DET waiver. Only waiver requests from applicants will be reviewed.

A minimum score of 7 IELTS, 95 IBT, or 67 DET is required for regular admission. Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency, and who have achieved at least a 6.5 IELTS, 70 IBT, or 40 DET are eligible for the International Scholars Program.

International students admitted to Pitzer College are required to submit an International Certification of Finances. All enrolling international students whose native language is not English will have their skills evaluated upon arrival on campus. Based on that evaluation, a student may be placed in appropriate advanced English courses.


We understand that international applicants often have difficulty setting up Skype interviews with our staff, so Pitzer has partnered with an organization called InitialView. International students who have not interviewed with a Pitzer staff member can participate in an interview conducted by InitialView. This interview will be conducted by InitialView and evaluated by a Pitzer Admission staff member when the student applies to the College. You may learn more about InitialView by clicking here. 

Please arrange to have your interview completed as early as possible in the application cycle. The deadline for completing the interview is November 15 for Early Decision I, December 15 for Early Decision II, and December 15 for Regular Decision.

Please keep in mind that while we will accept InitialView interviews as if they are our own, the interviewers trained and provided by InitialView are not associated with Pitzer College. Do not expect your interviewer to be able to answer your questions about Pitzer.

NOTE: Do NOT sign up for an InitialView interview if you have already completed or plan to complete an on-campus interview, OR if you are an international student living and attending high school in the United States. Please check out our visit page for information regarding on-campus, phone, and Skype interviews.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and British A-Level Credit Information

No more than four AP and IB credits (combined) will be granted. Four credits may be granted for an IB diploma. Credit for exams may be awarded only for higher-level exams (with a score of at least five) at a ratio of 4 semester units per exam and for comparable scores on British A-Level exams. If certification diploma is not completed, individual courses or exams completed toward the certificate may be given credit. Credit will not be awarded for subsidiary exams. IB credits are applied toward the 32 course graduation requirement, but may not be used to satisfy the Educational Objective requirement.

In all cases when credit has been awarded for IB exams, that credit will be rescinded if courses are taken which duplicate or significantly overlap the IB courses.

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Financial Aid for International Students

The goal of the admission program is to enroll a diverse student body that exemplifies the core values of Pitzer, and when brought together in Claremont, our students will inspire and challenge one another, and begin the work of changing the world. Embedded in this goal is educating our students to work and live in a global community, and enrolling students from all over the world enhances and enriches the curriculum.  Pitzer College is pleased to offer financial aid to our international applicants who require financial assistance in order to attend.

Because limited financial resources are available to international students, Pitzer will only be able to offer financial aid to a small number of international students. It is important to know that Pitzer takes financial need into consideration for international applicants during the admission process and it is a highly selective process. However, if admitted, the financial aid award will meet the full demonstrated need in the form of scholarship assistance and work study.

Applying for Financial Aid

All new entering International students who are seeking financial aid will be required to complete the CSS Profile.

If you are admitted to Pitzer, you will be required to submit a translated copy of your foreign tax return to the Financial Aid Office based on your application status.

Merit Aid for International Students

International students who apply for admission will be considered for Pitzer’s merit-based Trustee Scholarship.  The Trustee Scholarship is a $5,000 annual scholarship that is renewed for up to four years as long as the student continues to meet satisfactory academic progress and is enrolled at least half-time.

International Student Employment

International students are not eligible to receive Federal Work Study funding. However, all non-federal work study job postings are available online through Handshake, which is administered by the Pitzer Office of Career Services. Students can also find non-federal work study jobs when they arrive on campus.

Student Loans for International Students

International students are not eligible for federal loans or institutional loans. However, international students may choose to consider private educational loans to help finance the cost of college. International students who wish to borrow a private loan will need to have a credit-worthy co-signer who is a US citizen or permanent resident.

Exchange Programs

For international students interested in an exchange program with Pitzer College, please contact our International Exchange Program at or visit their website.