Our website is our primary tool for guiding you through the study abroad process. From applicant, to participant, to returnee, this is where you will find the information that you need. In this section you can learn more about accessing the online Pomona Application and how to complete the Secondary Application for study abroad; you can read about petitioning for a program, and mark all those deadlines on your calendar now.
You can also investigate health safety resources, plan ahead for the medical exam required of all study abroad participants, and check-up on the U.S. Department of State information about your country.
Finally, you should not make travel arrangements until after you have been accepted to and confirmed for study abroad. However, feel free to plan ahead and familiarize yourself with the resources the Admitted Students section of our website.
What Do I Need to Do Before I Apply?
All applicants are expected to have read the Applicants, Academic Policies, and Finances Abroad sections of this website prior to completing an online application. These sections cover detailed information on the application and selection process, as well as on academic credit and fees for study abroad. Once you have decided which program you would like to apply for, this webpage will walk you through the application process for study abroad. Be sure and check out our FAQs.
Programs that require an advising session in order to get access to the online application:
- Cape Town: Globalization, the Environment and Society
- Middlebury programs
- UCL Molecular Biology
- UCL Neuroscience
- Programs by Petition
The Pomona Application
Select a program from the list to visit the program brochure page. In the upper right-hand corner, click the “Apply Now” button.
This will immediately take you to a login page, where you will enter your Pomona ID # and password. Once you are logged in, you will be prompted to select the term (semester/year) that you wish to apply for. After you click “Apply,” you will see your program application page. This page shows a checklist of required elements of the application in the pre-decision phase, including the following:
- Material submissions
- Signature documents
- Application questionnaires
Students wishing to apply to a program that requires advising (see list above) will be taken to the advising form rather than the application and will need to request access to the application from a study abroad advisor.
You must submit all required elements by the deadline to complete your application to study abroad.
You may submit an application for one study abroad program only. Both the Pomona Application and Secondary Application, when applicable- as well as all supporting materials, such as photos, paper forms, and photocopies, are due by each application's appropriate deadline. See the instructions for obtaining the Secondary Application for your program below.
An optional form you may want to download and complete along with your Pomona application is the Preliminary Request for Major/Minor Credit. If you think you might want to receive major or minor credit abroad, take this form to your academic advisor for completion.
Preliminary Request for Major/Minor Credit (optional)
The Secondary Application
Most study abroad program providers require their own application and therefore you will need to complete this in addition to the Pomona Application. Please visit the Secondary Applications page on this site to learn more. The secondary application and all its supporting materials such as photos and transcripts are due to the program provider by the provider's application deadline. For most programs, it is the student's responsibility to send the application to the program sponsor directly. The exceptions are: Athens, Cape Town-Globalization (in part), Edinburgh (in part), and Tokyo. For these programs, the Office of Study Abroad will submit the secondary application (or parts of it) on your behalf. Please see more detailed secondary application instructions in your online Pomona application. Only completed applications will be accepted.
*Cambridge Program applicants please note: a secondary application is NOT required. Only the Pomona application is required (see above).
What Happens After I Submit My Application?
Study abroad is a two-step process. All Pomona Applications are reviewed by the Pomona College Office of Study Abroad and the Study Abroad Committee (SAC) and applicants will be notified in writing about acceptance by the SAC. Additionally, applicants may require approval of their Secondary Application by a program provider and/or host university. Applicants who are accepted to study abroad by Pomona College must complete and sign the Acceptance Agreement and Release Agreement, approximately one week after notification. After applicants return both of those documents, they become study abroad participants and must fill out participation forms in the online application.