Pomona College has long embraced the philosophy that the cultural awareness fostered through international study is part of a liberal arts education. In 1971 the faculty passed the following resolution:
The College believes that the opportunity for interested and qualified students to study for one semester in a foreign country may benefit the student's academic program and enrich the life of the College community. The Program for Education Abroad seeks to maximize the benefits of living temporarily in a non-American milieu, to extend the curriculum of the College beyond the resources of the Claremont campus, to generate both intellectual and personal sensitivity to the variations of life, culture, and scholarship in the world, and thus contribute to responsible citizenship in human affairs.
Pomona College offers 68 programs in 37 countries for its own students. Approximately half of Pomona College students participate in an off-campus study program before graduating. To ensure equal access, the College charges the same fees for a semester or year off-campus as for a semester or year spent on campus and extends financial aid allowances to cover the time away.
To begin the process, students should attend an international and domestic programs info session. Then, students will be able to make an advising appointment with an International and Domestic Programs Office (IDPO) advisor to discuss program options. The IDPO maintains a resource library with program information and keeps feedback forms by former participants for each program. You may stop by the office to browse a collection of general travel literature and other resources that may be useful as you prepare for your time away from campus.
Note: Pomona College may be obliged to alter or eliminate programs described without prior notice. Dates, courses, and costs, both for on-campus services and for programs off-campus, may change without prior notification.