Before petitioning for a program, students should consult with their faculty advisor and schedule an advising session with the Director or Assistant Director of Study Abroad. Students then submit a Study Abroad Program Petition to the SAC, due in the OSA approximately two weeks before the regular application deadline. 

It is the responsibility of the student to present compelling academic reasons for the choice of program. The SAC will consider appropriateness of the proposed curriculum to the student's total program at Pomona College and the administrative feasibility of the program. Students should show that no approved programs meet their academic needs. The petition should be fully developed and well-argued. The proposed program must be at least twelve teaching weeks in length.

Students whose petitions are successful must submit a completed Pomona application and appropriate program provider application by the application deadline. An approved petition is not a guarantee that the student's application will be accepted by either the SAC or the program provider.

Students whose petitions are unsuccessful may submit an application for an Approved Program by the application deadline.

If a student believes there are grounds for an appeal on the SAC's decision on the proposed petition, s/he must meet with the Director of Study Abroad within one week. As with appeals of the SAC's application decisions, appeals of the SAC's petition decisions will be considered only in the case of 1) demonstrated administrative error, or 2) an extraordinary change in circumstances, normally beyond the student's control. The committee's decision is final.