Costs of Study Abroad for Pitzer Students

For Pitzer College students the cost for a semester of study abroad is similar to the cost of a semester on campus in Claremont. The cost for a Pitzer summer program is similar to the cost of tuition for two courses. Pitzer students can apply their financial aid to study abroad programs. Students may also apply for grants and scholarships from outside sources.

It is each student’s responsibility to understand and consider the information on study abroad expenses before choosing a study abroad program. Early in the application process, we encourage students to discuss this information with parents or guardians, the Office of Financial Aid, and other parties responsible for paying the tuition and fees. If any of the following costs, including the items not covered by the comprehensive fee will create a hardship or prevent a student from studying abroad, we urge the student to contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs for advice and assistance.

Semester Programs

Pitzer College employs a one-price policy for study abroad, which affords all Pitzer students the opportunity to have international and intercultural experiences as part of their Pitzer education. Study abroad students are billed the full comprehensive fee, meaning Pitzer tuition, fees, double room and 16-meal board plan plus a $550 travel contribution for a semester of study abroad. The Pitzer College 2016-2017 comprehensive semester fee is $33,096. The comprehensive fee and travel contribution covers program tuition, non-refundable program fees, housing, meals, a round-trip airline ticket based on the cost of travel from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the major international airport nearest to the program site, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides supplemental travel insurance. In addition to program related costs, the comprehensive fee supports the cost of promoting and administering study abroad programs as a whole as well as the College’s general infrastructure (from information technology to financial aid) that is available to study abroad students before, during and after their time abroad.

Note: Students who usually live off campus, including New Resources students, should be aware of the additional cost for room and board. Students on domestic exchange programs are not charged the travel contribution since airfare is not provided.

Summer Programs

The Pitzer College summer program fee for 2016 was $12,540.  The official fee, which typically includes a price increase, is announced each May. The program fee covers: tuition, room and board, a round-trip ticket provided by the College’s travel agent from LAX (or an equivalent priced airport) to a major international airport near the program site, required course-related trips, an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), and a transcript.

Additional Expenses

The items below are NOT COVERED in the semester comprehensive fees plus travel contribution or the summer study abroad fee and should be considered in your budget planning.

  • Passport and student visa fees
  • Photos required for applications and visas
  • Cost of required immunizations
  • Cost of the medical exam required prior to participation
  • Comprehensive medical insurance coverage is required. (Some additional study abroad insurance fees may be covered by the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs.)
  • Additional costs incurred for airfare that costs more than a round trip ticket out of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or if arriving before or extending after the program dates, or if participating on a domestic program.
  • Cost of housing and meals before or after the program or during school breaks (e.g. breaks between terms or semesters, spring break)
  • Refundable room deposit
  • Expenses for items or services that are not typically provided on the program but to which students may be accustomed (e.g. email or internet access, access to computer labs, athletic facilities, etc.)
  • Expenses for any items that are not provided for in the fees paid to Pitzer (e.g. personal entertainment, toiletries, independent travel during school breaks, field trips that are not a required part of a course, cell charges, laundry charges, etc.)
  • Clothing (e.g. winter jackets, boots, rain gear, formal attire, etc.) needed for climate conditions, cultural reasons or activities at the program site
  • Course fees, lab fees and supplies
  • Textbooks
  • Expenses resulting from a difference in the cost of living. Expenses in your study abroad location may be the same, higher or lower than in Claremont.
  • The exchange rate should be considered when planning your budget for international programs.

Airfare Policy

All Pitzer students participating on an international study abroad program are REQUIRED to work directly with the travel agent designated by Pitzer College to finalize their tickets by the date indicated in their acceptance letters. Students participating on one international semester program will pay a $550 travel contribution.  Students on international Pitzer summer programs are not charged a travel contribution. Tickets not purchased through the Pitzer designated travel agent will NOT be reimbursed or credited to your student account. Frequent flier miles may NOT be used to book flights.

The maximum airfare Pitzer College will pay is based upon the cost of a round trip ticket from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to and from an international airport near the program site for the exact dates of the program. The travel agent will bill Pitzer for the approved ticket. No refund or credit is given if the ticket costs less than the maximum. Students will pay the travel agent directly for the additional costs of an itinerary that is more expensive than the approved flight.

The following items may increase the cost of a ticket. Students will only be charged for actual overages.

  • Finalizing travel arrangements after the due date listed in the student’s acceptance letter
  • Travel dates that vary from the dates of the program, including going early or staying after the program ends
  • Special requests for routing or stopovers through specific cities or countries
  • Open return tickets – these are discouraged and may not be possible due to visa requirements
  • Luggage charges – airlines may change luggage restrictions without notice.
  • Changing the ticket after it is issued. These costs include change fees and any increase in airfare.

If a student is unable to use an airline ticket, it must be cancelled with the airline prior to the departure of the first flight that will not be used otherwise the entire value of the ticket is lost. Students are responsible for this cost.

Students participating on a second international semester study abroad program are not charged a second travel contribution and are responsible for paying for and booking their own flights. If there is a disparity in the cost of airfare between the first and second semester study abroad program, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Programs before booking your flights.

Students participating on domestic semester programs are responsible for arranging and paying for transportation to and from the program site.

Financial Aid

Pitzer financial aid is granted only to Pitzer students approved for study abroad by the Study Abroad and International Programs Committee. Since working abroad is not usually possible, students who would have been packaged with federal work study may receive an additional grant the semester they are away.

Pitzer students on financial aid participating in a Pitzer summer program worth at least two Pitzer course credits may be eligible for financial aid for the summer program. Financial aid used for a summer program may reduce the aid available for future semesters. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for clarification.

Student Accounts

The comprehensive fee and the travel contribution will appear on the student’s account for the semester(s) they will be abroad. Pitzer summer program charges will also be billed on the student’s account. Program fees, charges and expenses, are paid in U.S. dollars to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Please contact Student Accounts for information on billing schedules and payment options.

Page last updated on December 12, 2016