Information for International & Exchange Students

Pitzer College aims to provide the most helpful, up-to-date information for our international students and others coming to campus from outside of the US. Please review these pages and visit our Frequently Asked Questions for students arriving from international locations. Pitzer’s international arrivals are welcome to contact Director of International Programs Todd Sasaki at Todd_Sasaki@pitzer.edu with any questions or concerns. 


International Students & Students Arriving from International Locations

We highly encourage international students and other students coming to campus from international locations to explore flexible travel arrangements as there are many regional factors that may impact your arrival plans. Please follow updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) for additional guidance.

Review all the information carefully and determine your Campus Arrival Date. If you are not vaccinated and need to arrive early, please apply for Early Arrival on your Residence Student Housing Portal.

Please keep in mind that all of this guidance is subject to change and will depend on what’s going on in your country of origin as well as in Claremont. For example, if you are coming from an area identified as a “hot spot” this August, you may need to quarantine upon arrival, even if you are fully vaccinated.

In addition to the information below, you can also visit our page of Frequently Asked Questions for students arriving from international locations.


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If you plan to come to Pitzer from an international location this August, please review the following information in detail.

Required Student COVID-19 Vaccination Clarifications

  • Pitzer has received more specific guidance on what international vaccinations will be accepted to be considered “fully vaccinated” this fall. Currently, the CDC states that people who received international vaccines that don’t have a ‘Finalized’ status on the World Health Organization (WHO) authorized list would not be considered “fully vaccinated” for public health guidance purposes. The WHO list does get updated periodically as the organization continues to evaluate vaccine data submitted to them. So, a vaccine without WHO authorization in July could receive authorization by August, but it’s difficult to predict which may and which may not be approved.
    • If you have received, or plan to receive, an international vaccine that does not have a ‘Finalized’ status per WHO, still upload your proof of vaccination on Healthy Pitzer, and we will reach out to discuss next steps. 
    • The J&J (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen) vaccine is a single-shot vaccine, and it takes only two weeks after vaccination to reach full immunity. The chart in the Arrival Date Determination section below is based on use of the J&J vaccine. If, for some reason, we are unable to procure J&J, or an individual student chooses a different vaccine, then the timeline for that student to move out of quarantine housing and to their assigned bed space could be at least 5-6 weeks instead of two weeks. 
  • As a reminder, students who are not fully vaccinated yet (two weeks past their last inoculation) will need to continue to adhere to public health measures and participate in regular COVID-19 testing on campus. 
  • Students who may have been vaccinated in another country should upload their proof of vaccination via the Healthy Pitzer website.
  • Pitzer will work closely with Student Health Services (SHS) to secure and coordinate a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with SHS for international students who are unable to access a COVID-19 vaccine before departure.
  • Students are highly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible and not delay until after they have arrived on campus.

Proof of Vaccination Process

This summer, ALL students should have done one of the following by July 1:

  • Upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Healthy Pitzer. If your vaccination card is in another language, please have it translated prior to uploading.
    OR
  • Email Gabriella_Tempestoso@pitzer.edu to request a medical/religious exemption from the vaccination OR
  • Complete the “Early Arrival Application – Fall 2021” on your Residence Student Housing Portal to officially request an early arrival AND to request a vaccination in Claremont this fall after arrival. 

Current Travel Guidelines

You are highly encouraged to reach out to Todd Sasaki, director of international programs, for informed advice on your arrival date and support. Your arrival date will depend on a variety of factors, including campus orientation schedules, visa considerations, international travel considerations, vaccination status, and potential 7-10 day self-quarantine upon arrival.

  • As a reminder, we highly encourage you to explore flexible travel arrangements since there are many factors that could affect your arrival plans, such as an increase in COVID-19 cases in your home country or other local areas that lead to changes in CDC/LACDPH travel guidance.
  • Once you have your early arrival date, you will be assigned an Early Arrival Application on your Residence Student Housing Portal to formally request your early arrival dates with Residence Life.
  • Even if you believe you’ll be arriving to campus later than our recommended move-in dates, please still complete the Early Arrival Application to let us know.

If you need to undergo a self-quarantine period upon arrival:

  • Housing – Housing (Main Campus or CCA) will be provided according to fall housing assignments. Temporary spaces will be provided if Fall 2021 rooms are not available upon arrival. If you are not residing in campus housing in the fall semester, then we will not be able to assist with your self-quarantine.
  • Meals – Meal packs will be provided each day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Dietary considerations are to be noted on your Housing Application in the Meal Plan section. These considerations will be provided to the dining hall staff.
  • Costs – Students arriving early due to approved international travel considerations will not be charged for housing and meal costs during the quarantine/early arrival period. Students arriving after move-in will not be reimbursed for their housing/meal costs.

CDC International Travel Recommendations Quick Reference

Winter Break Housing

If you already know that you will be in need of winter break housing this year due to travel considerations, please request that on your application.

For example, if self-quarantine requirements and/or travel restrictions are still in place in your home country and in the US, international students may choose to stay in the US for the break to avoid multiple, lengthy quarantine periods.

Winter break housing is provided on a case-by-case basis and is located at the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA). As a reminder, food services are closed during the winter break, and CCA apartments have full kitchens.

International students who know they need winter break housing are highly encouraged to consider choosing to live at CCA this academic year via the housing selection process.

Arrival Date Determination

Fully Vaccinated International Students

PopulationEarly Arrival Date (5 days before)Cannot participate in activities dateCOVID-19 Testing (Day 3)Receive J&J COVID-19 VaccinationCan Begin Participation (after negative test)Start Date of Campus ActivitiesMove Out of Quarantine Housing
First-Year / Sophomore StudentsSun, Aug 15Aug 15-19Wed, Aug 18N/AThu, Aug 19Fri, Aug 20 (New international student orientation)N/A
Returning Students (JR/SR)Sat, Aug 21Aug 21-28Tue, Aug 24Thu, Aug 26Sat, Aug 28Sat, Aug 28Thu, Sep 9
Exchange StudentsFri, Aug 20Aug 20-27Mon, Aug 23Wed, Aug 25Fri, Aug 27N/A Wed, Sep 8

NOT Fully Vaccinated International Students

PopulationEarly Arrival Date (7 days before)Self-Quarantine DatesCOVID-19 Testing (Day 3)Receive J&J COVID-19 Vaccination (after negative test)Done with QuarantineStart Date of Campus ActivitiesMove Out of Quarantine Housing
First-Year / Sophomore StudentsWed, Aug 11Aug 11-18Sat, Aug 14Mon, Aug 16Wed, Aug 18Fri, Aug 20 (New international student orientation)Mon, Aug 30
Returning Students (JR/SR)Sat, Aug 21Aug 21-28Tue, Aug 24Thu, Aug 26Sat, Aug 28Sat, Aug 28Thu, Sep 9
Exchange StudentsFri, Aug 20Aug 20-27Mon, Aug 23Wed, Aug 25Fri, Aug 27N/A Wed, Sep 8

*NOTE: These tables are projections of how the process MIGHT look as of June 30, 2021. These timelines and processes are subject to change on an overall and individual basis.

International Students Living Locally Off-Campus in Fall 2021

Throughout the past few months, Pitzer Residence Life and International programs have been updating students regarding international travel guidelines and the start of the fall semester. This information is for those that have been approved to live off-campus for Fall 2021. Please note that those approved for off-campus housing should have completed an Early Arrival application to coordinate their campus (non-move-in) arrival.

You were asked to submit an Early Arrival application to assist us in coordinating mandatory COVID-19 testing through SHS and (if needed) COVID-19 vaccination access, in accordance with the CDC international travel guidelines.

Questions about housing can be sent to housing@pitzer.edu

Additionally, if you have already received the COVID-19 vaccination, or plan to get fully vaccinated prior to arrival, please upload your vaccination card/proof to Healthy Pitzer as soon as possible at www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer


Exchange Students

On behalf of the Offices of Student Affairs and International Programs, welcome to the Pitzer community!

Below you will find detailed information about the timeline, housing application information, and orientation process for Exchange Students.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

There is a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all students for Fall 2021. Please review the COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Students. We are working closely with Student Health Services (SHS) to secure and coordinate a COVID-19 vaccination appointment with SHS for exchange students who were unable to access a COVID-19 vaccine before departure. Please refer to your acceptance letter.

Residence Life and Housing Information

Residence Life and housing information for new students can be found on our New Student Housing website. Exchange students are typically housed in double occupancy rooms in Mead Hall and the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA).

  • Housing applications were due on July 1. All exchange students should have completed one of the following:
    • The General Housing Application
    • Room Accommodations due to a Disability Application (RADA) for students who may need a room accommodation, like a single room, due to a documented disability
  • Residence Life will review your application details and place you with other returning Pitzer students in campus housing. We will hold a bed space for all Exchange students in campus housing.
  • Exchange students are typically placed into rooms by the Residence Life staff. Exchange students that would like to room with a current student can contact housing@pitzer.edu for coordination.
    • Full-year exchange students will be placed at the Claremont Collegiate Apartments for continuous housing throughout the December – January Winter Break.
    • Fall-only semester exchange students will be placed throughout campus housing.
  • Room Assignments will be posted to your Residence Student Housing Portal and sent via Pitzer email on Friday, July 23.
    • After receiving your room assignment, Residence Life will help connect you with your roommate/suitemates to discuss expectations and plans for living together.

Food and Dining Services and Meal Plans

Pitzer’s McConnell Dining Hall, the Pit-Stop Café, and the Shakedown Café will be open for service or grab-and-go food, with options to meet specific dietary needs. Please see the fall 2021 food and dining services webpage for more information.

International Travel Guidelines

  • There are also some countries with travel restrictions to the US currently. If travel into the US is restricted from your country, please review the guidelines for your safe arrival to the US.
    • Students with an F-1 visa coming from countries with current travel restrictions to the US will be able to enter the US directly with a National Interest Exemption. You will not have to spend the 14 days in a different country prior to entry to the US.

As a reminder, we highly encourage you to explore flexible travel arrangements since there are many factors that could affect your arrival plans, such as an increase in COVID-19 cases in other countries or other local areas leading to changes in governmental travel guidance.

CDC International Travel Recommendations Quick Reference

Coordinating Your Arrival Date

Fully Vaccinated Upon Arrival
If you will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 upon your arrival, then please plan to arrive on August 24, 2021.

Not Fully Vaccinated Upon Arrival

If you will not be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 upon your arrival, please plan to arrive on August 20, 2021.

  • You will need to undergo a 7-day self-quarantine period on-campus upon arrival:
    • Housing – Housing (Main Campus or CCA) will be provided according to fall housing assignments. Temporary spaces will be provided if Fall 2021 rooms are not available upon arrival.
    • Meals – Meal packs will be provided each day containing Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and snacks. Dietary considerations are to be noted on your Housing Application in the Meal Plan section. These considerations will be provided to the dining hall staff.
    • Costs – Students arriving early due to self-quarantine will not be charged for housing and meal costs during the quarantine/early arrival period. Students arriving after move-in will not be reimbursed for their housing/meal costs.

Winter Break Housing (for Year-long Exchange Students)

If you are a year-long Exchange Student, and know that you need winter break housing during the winter break holiday, you should have requested that on the Early Arrival application. Winter break housing is provided on a case-by-case basis and is located at the Claremont Collegiate Apartments (CCA).

As a reminder, food services are closed during the winter break and CCA apartments have full kitchens.

Important Dates

Thursday, July 1Deadline to complete most forms
Friday, July 23Housing assignments released
August 14 – August 16Academic orientation & class registration for all exchange students will take place between August 14 and 16 before you arrive on campus. The Zoom links will be provided in early August.
August 20 – 24Move-In Dates, Aug. 20 for unvaccinated students and Aug. 24 for those who are fully vaccinated
August 25 – 27Exchange Student Campus Orientation
Monday, August 30First Day of Classes