International Students

Pitzer College welcomes applications from international students. The Class of 2019 includes students from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Rwanda, Turkey and Zimbabwe.

Please Note: International students, regardless of whether they are seeking financial aid, must submit the International Student Certification of Finances to the Office of Admission.

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 either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International students are not required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if English is the language of instruction at their secondary school and if students have been there for three years or longer. If English is not the primary language at your school and if English is not the primary language spoken at home, we require students to submit testing to demonstrate English proficiency. A minimum score of 7 on the IELTS or 95 IBT on the TOEFL is required for regular admission. Students must submit official scores.

Students who are qualified for admission to Pitzer in all ways except English proficiency and who have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5 or a TOEFL score of at least 70 IBT are eligible for the International Scholars Program. International Scholars are admitted as regular, full-time students with the requirement of completing advanced English courses as part of their undergraduate studies.

All admitted 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 a difficult time setting up Skype interviews with our staff due to the time difference, etc., so Pitzer has partnered with an organization named 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 December 1 for Early Decision I, January 9 for Early Decision II, and January 9 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, Skype or LikeLive interviews.

International Plus Admission

For students who have passed any of the following examinations at the required level, Pitzer will grant one year of academic credit (eight courses). Students must have original documentation of the examination results sent to the Pitzer Registrar from the institution administering the examination or the examination agency itself. Students may be asked to pay any fees associated with translation or interpretation of these documents.

  • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examinations (G.C.E. “A” levels):
    three certificates with passes of A, B or C
  • International Baccalaureat (I.B.): minimum passes of 4 in all subjects;
  • French Baccalaureat: minimum subject scores of 10 out of 20 in any series;
  • German Abitur: minimum passes of ausreichend in each subject;
  • Italian Maturita: minimum score of 36;
  • Icelandic Studentsprof: minimum score of 4.5;
  • Swedish Studentexamen: minimum score of 2.3;
  • Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate: minimum score of 58.

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 international applications who would like to be considered for financial aid must indicate on the Common Application that they are seeking financial aid.  International students, regardless of whether they are seeking financial aid, must submit the International Student Certification of Finances to the Office of Admission.

To apply for financial aid, international applicants must complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online by the published deadlines.

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 PITZERlink, which is administered by the Career Services Office. 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.