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, however, which do not allow us to approve every program available. These limits can range from educational quality to safety. 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. The one exception to this is the CMC Silicon Valley Program which is an approved domestic exchange program open to Pitzer students for the fall semester only. Students interested in 5-C non-approved programs or the CMC Silicon Valley Program 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.pitzer.edu/studyabroad. 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.