How to Apply for Pitzer Students

 We appreciate interest in study abroad and look forward to working with students. A semester or a year abroad can be an enriching educational and cultural experience. Pitzer study abroad alums have used the knowledge and skills learned abroad as the basis for senior thesis, grant proposals, and careers.

Study Abroad Application Due Dates

There are two due dates for approved semester study abroad programs and exchanges. There is one due date for non-approved semester programs. Summer programs have their own due dates. We accept applications throughout the application period. Applications are reviewed after the due date.


  • Summer 2019 Costa Rica Summer Health
  • Summer 2019 Pitzer in Vietnam summer program
  • Fall 2019 participation in approved programs and exchanges
  • Full year 2019-2020 participation in approved programs and exchanges
  • Fall 2019 participation in non-approved programs
  • Spring 2020 participation in non-approved programs

JANUARY 2019 – date to be determined

  • Summer 2019 Pitzer in Brazil program – tentative


  • Spring 2020 participation in approved programs and exchanges
  • Step 1: Attend a Study Abroad Information Session

    We highly recommend that students planning to study abroad during a fall or spring semester attend a Study Abroad Information Session before they apply. Students interested in a summer program should attend one of the Pitzer in Brazil, Costa Rica Summer Health, or Pitzer in Vietnam program specific information sessions in the fall.

    Study Abroad Information Sessions

    Dates to be determined

  • Step 2: Meet with a Study Abroad Adviser

    Each student makes an appointment with an adviser in the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs to discuss their academic goals and identify the programs that might work best for their educational plan. Students receive the Pitzer College Study Abroad Application instructions at this advising appointment. (Applications for Pitzer students are not available on our website.) Advising times are available throughout the week. We are unable to make appointments via email or by telephone. We ask students to stop by our office to schedule an appointment.

  • Step 3: Research Program Options

    We encourage students to take the following steps to make their study abroad choice:

    • Research the approved program options available on our website.  Please note: Each of the Claremont Colleges has different study abroad programs and policies. Cross registration is not available for study abroad.
    • Consider the information on the courses available, program dates, prerequisites, and housing arrangements. This information is needed to complete the corresponding questions on the Pitzer College Study Abroad Application.
    • After students narrow their program choices, they interview past participants and talk to them about their experiences. The study abroad advisers can provide emails for past participants.
    • If there are additional questions not addressed on our website, applicants may email questions to, stop by our office to ask a question, or make another appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser.
  • 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. Students need to make a preliminary choice of the courses to take while abroad, discuss their choices with their faculty adviser, and have their faculty adviser sign their Adviser Approval form. To view the classes available, visit the program’s web page or inquire with the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs.

    Each field group, in conjunction with the Office of the Registrar, has discretion over whether or not a course will be awarded major or minor credit. Students may be asked for the course syllabus, the textbooks used, writing assignments, exams, etc. as documentation. The Office of the Registrar can provide guidance about general graduations requirements.

  • Step 5: Application Details


    In order to be selected and participate in a study abroad program, a student must satisfy the program’s requirements and be considered by the review committee as likely to benefit from and contribute to the program. Priority is given to qualified students who meet the deadlines, have not participated previously, and will have junior or first semester senior status at the time of participation. Approval for a particular program will be based on the applicant’s essays, suitability for the chosen program, academic record, preparation and the spaces available on each program. Students participating as a first-year or sophomore are NOT eligible to apply for a non-approved program.

    Pitzer students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be in good academic standing and to study abroad. GPA requirements for some programs may be higher.

    All Pitzer students submit the Pitzer College Study Abroad Application. Students receive the Pitzer College Study Abroad Application instructions at their advising appointment. The application includes student information, waiver and consent, academic information, an interview with a previous participant, essays, the name of the study abroad adviser, the date of the study abroad advising appointment, the faculty adviser’s approval, and an academic recommendation. Applicants, are asked to plan ahead to allow ample time to obtain the required signatures and to submit thoughtful essays. Students should distribute the faculty recommendation as early as possible to allow sufficient time for faculty to complete it. Students are expected to work closely with their Faculty Adviser and Study Abroad Adviser and research programs carefully prior to making their selection. Completing this process helps ensure applicants have chosen a program for which they are qualified, that is appropriate for their academic goals, and that the program dates fit with summer or winter break commitments and visa application requirements and time frames.

    Application essays should be long enough demonstrate students did their research and gave the topic some thought before answering the questions. Essays are limited to a maximum of 2000 characters and spaces combined.

    Participant interview responses should be entered into the electronic application in students’ own words to demonstrate their understanding of what they learned from interviewing a student.  Click here for a list of the Participant Interview Questions.

    ISEP Exchanges Applicants
    Students applying for approved ISEP exchange programs must submit the Pitzer College Study Abroad application AND the ISEP online application by the Pitzer application due date. Click here for ISEP Application Information.

    Non-approved Programs Applicants
    Students applying for one of the non-approved program spaces are encouraged to 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. When choosing a a program students should keep in mind that not all colleges and universities accept visiting students. Pitzer students participating as a first-year or sophomore are NOT eligible to apply for a non-approved program.

    Additional Considerations
    In addition to choosing a program that is suitable for students’ academic goals, interests and qualifications, it is important to consider the costs of study abroad and the logistics of booking flights and applying for passports. Students should read the Costs Information, Airfare Policy and Passport and Visa Information provided as part of the Pitzer College Study Abroad Application.

  • Step 6. Acceptance

    We will send an email to each student’s Pitzer email account notifying them of their Pitzer College acceptance to study abroad by the end of the semester in which the application is due. The acceptance letter will include a list of items and a link to most of the documents that must be returned by the due dates listed in the letter to maintain eligibility for study abroad. Students should not complete program specific applications for exchange programs (except ISEP exchanges) or non-approved programs until they receive their acceptance letter from the Pitzer College Office of Study Abroad and International Programs.

    After acceptance, students are asked to provide a Health Report signed by a physician for a physical conducted within a year of the application due date. Students planning to apply may have their physical over the summer or during break or at the Student Health Center during the semester.  Health Report

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the difference between an approved and a non-approved study abroad program?
    Pitzer College has approximately 50 approved offerings around the world. Our approved program list for Pitzer students includes direct-run, exchange and direct-enroll programs. It is our intent to provide as many quality offerings as possible. There are limits, ranging from educational quality to safety, which do not allow us to approve every program available. We recognize that not every student will be able to find an approved program that meets an essential educational need. In these cases, the College allocates a limited number of slots designated for non-approved programs. The application process for a non-approved program is competitive, so students should select an approved program as their alternate.

    Can students enroll in a study abroad program or a domestic off-campus study program at one of the other Claremont Colleges?
    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, Pomona College and Scripps College are considered non-approved programs. Off-campus domestic programs sponsored by the other 5-Cs, including the CMC Washington Semester Program are also non-approved programs. Pitzer students may apply for these programs as non-approved programs. Students interested in 5-C non-approved programs are required to apply to and be approved by the Pitzer College Office of Study Abroad and International Programs prior to completing the other college’s application.

    Can students get credit for study abroad while on a leave of absence?
    Credit for international study during the fall or spring semesters while on a leave of absence does not transfer back to Pitzer College. For summer programs not directly run by Pitzer or study in the US while on leave, students may be granted transfer credit with prior approval from the appropriate field group and the Registrar’s Office.

    If students want to study abroad twice they must submit an application for each program by the due date for each program.
    Students submit one application then email to let us know they would like to submit a second application. We will send them a copy of their first application then they can log on and edit their electronic application as necessary to apply to the second program.

    What should a student do if they will be at a conference or sporting event on the application due date?
    They should submit their application before they go. We accept applications throughout the application period.

    By what time on the due date should students submit their application?
    Applications submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date are considered timely.

    How do students know if their Adviser Approval and Academic Recommendation were received?
    Applicants may bring their Adviser Approval form to us. Some students also bring their Academic Recommendation to us in a signed and sealed envelope. Faculty forms may be brought to our office, mailed, or scanned and emailed from the faculty’s college email account. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to immediately confirm receipt of Adviser Approval Forms and Academic Recommendations. Students will not be penalized if Adviser Approvals and Pitzer’s Academic Recommendations are submitted within a week after the application due date. Application dates set by host institutions for their recommendations may not be flexible. If an application is incomplete, we will contact the student via their Pitzer email account.

    What if someone has additional questions?
    Anyone is welcome to email questions to or call us at 909.621.8104 or stop by our office. Our address is Pitzer College, Office of Study Abroad, West Hall, Suite Q100, 1050 North Mills Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711. Our website is We reply to emails and return telephone calls during office hours. During the academic year we are open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except for holidays and special events. We close at 4:30 during the summer.