While Abroad

Living abroad will differ from what you are used to at Pomona College and in your home city and country, and students should be prepared to adapt. Cars, varied diets, private rooms, home internet, and ample supplies of hot water may be considered luxuries in some foreign locales. The use of public transportation or walking may be essential for getting around. To make the most of living abroad, students should be considerate, outgoing, flexible, and sensitive to cultural differences.

Students may experience varying levels of “culture shock” while they are abroad. It may take some time to adjust to circumstances in your new environment because you are out of your comfort zone. As time passes and you become more engaged with the local culture and activities, you will start to learn more about yourself and the new culture. Daily life and opportunities to engage with peers and the local community may vary depending on your housing situation while abroad. More information related to the different housing options can be found in the Housing Abroad section.


Pomona College students are subject to the same standards of conduct and academic regulations while abroad as stipulated in the Pomona College Student Handbook. Students are also subject to regulations set by the host institution or study abroad program, as well as the host country. These standards may be significantly different from those of Pomona and the United States. Most programs provide guidelines in pre-departure manuals and on-site orientation sessions. When in doubt about local practices, ask the program staff. Remember that it is important to be aware of and follow your host country’s laws. Within the legal frameworks abroad, Pomona College and your program provider may not be able to assist if you break the law in a foreign country.

The resident director, program, or host institution may, at their discretion, impose disciplinary measures or dismissal if a student's behavior is found to be damaging to the student, other participants, or the operation of the program. In the case of dismissal, decisions on credits, grades, and finances will be made by the OSA in consultation with the program abroad. Dismissed students are responsible for all unrecoverable program costs.