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.
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.