Study Abroad Programs

Pomona College takes great care to partner with programs of outstanding reputation and quality. Students can choose to participate in two types of study abroad programs: Approved Programs or Programs by Petition. In addition, Pomona College also offers a selection of remote Global Partnership Courses through our program partners.

Learn more about the Pomona College Policy Regarding College-Funded International Student Travel.

What is an Approved Program?

Approved Programs are study abroad options approved by the Study Abroad Committee (SAC). These programs are screened and monitored to ensure continued quality. On most Approved Programs, an on-site director serves as the liaison between students and the host institution. The director coordinates orientation as well as co-curricular and extracurricular activities and can help with academic support and adjustments to foreign living and study.

Pomona College also designs & administers programs in partnership with universities and organizations abroad. They are open to Claremont Colleges undergraduate students only, with priority given to Pomona College students. Pomona Programs include: the Pomona College Cambridge Program at Jesus College (England), Pomona College Program at University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Pomona College Program at International Christian University (Japan), Pomona College Caracol Archaeological Project (Belize), and Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Program: Globalization, the Environment and Society at University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Please note that exact program dates are often not available until after the application process is complete. The dates provided for each program are approximations; it is the student's responsibility to confirm exact program dates when making plans to study abroad.

What is a Program by Petition?

Programs by Petition are study abroad programs that have not been pre-approved by the SAC. Students whose academic needs are not met by the existing slate of Approved Programs may petition to apply for another program. In order to apply for a Program by Petition, students must first meet with the Director or Assistant Director of Study Abroad to discuss their program of interest and submit a petition to the SAC for approval.

All Pomona College study abroad policies and procedures outlined in this guide apply to students who participate in a Program by Petition, except as noted.

What is a Global Partnership Course?

Global Partnership Courses are remote global learning courses and virtual global internships offered by our study abroad program partners. These innovative courses offer a unique opportunity to engage with critical global issues and experiential learning across continents and borders. The full list of approved courses, scheduling, eligibility, and enrollment instructions can be found on the Global Partnership Courses page.