On Sept. 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a memorandum announcing the phase out of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

As part of the phase out, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is no longer issuing advance parole to DACA recipients. Without advance parole, students with DACA are unable to study abroad and return to the U.S.

For more information please visit USCIS.


Pomona College is committed to supporting all our students, and we stand united with DACAmented and undocumented students. We hope that the opportunity for students with DACA to study abroad will return in the future through legislation or a similar program.

At this time, DACAmented and undocumented students wishing to pursue a semester off-campus may consider one of Pomona’s Cooperative Academic Programs in the U.S.:

  • The Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA
  • CMC’s Washington Semester Program
  • CMC’s Silicon Valley Program
  • Domestic exchange for a semester at Colby College in Waterville, ME; Spelman College in Atlanta, GA; or Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA