Global Pomona

Ruben Murray and Ellelan Degife interned for UNAIDS in 2016.

Internships & Research

Each summer, Pomona students may seek international internships and research opportunities, like Ruben Dimas Murray and Ellilan Degife who worked for UNAIDS.

Spanish language resident Rosina Desimone teaching conversational Spanish.

Oldenborg Center

At Oldenborg, students can live in language halls, dine at language tables, see speakers on international topics, or meet for classes like Conversational Spanish.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

With 54 programs in 34 countries, Pomona students study all over the world. About half of our students study abroad, which costs the same as a semester here and includes the same financial aid a student receives on campus.

Students in Pomona's Model UN often compete on the national level

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Model UN is one of many co-curricular ways students can explore global issues.

Pomona’s location and its resources will prepare you to actively address global issues and live and lead in the 21st century.

Pomona College is located 35 miles outside of Los Angeles, the cultural hub of the Pacific Rim. With people from 140 countries, who speak 86 different languages, L.A. is diverse, multiethnic metropolis. For Pomona students, our unique location is complimented by a wide range of globally oriented academic and co-curricular opportunities on campus and around the world.

From expert professors who research and practice on every continent, to internships, research opportunities and study abroad locations across the globe, visiting international scholars and speakers, and a host of language learning opportunities, we actively engage you with the world.

Expand your world view and prepare for life and work on an interconnected globe with:  

Study Abroad

With more than 50 study abroad programs on every continent but Antarctica, Pomona students have a wide range of options to explore the world through study abroad. About half of our students study abroad. To ensure equal access, Pomona College charges the same fees for a semester or year abroad as for a semester or year spent on campus and extends financial aid allowances to cover the time abroad. 

Oldenborg Center

Students can immerse themselves in language learning in the residence and dining halls of Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations, learning and living alongside language residents. Oldenborg also hosts several scholars each week who speak on global topics, including current political, humanitarian and environmental issues, culture and the arts, and history. Oldenborg also awards travel grants to students for independent research projects.

Pacific Basin Institute

In addition, science professors, often accompanied by undergraduates, carry out research in China, Congo, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Vietnam, among many other places. The Pacific Basin Institute hosts visiting scholars, offers an important research film archive and sponsors an annual speaker and film series.

Office of International Initiatives

The Office of International Initiatives supports faculty, staff and students who plan activities and events that address global issues. Students interested in international opportunities — internships, research connections, job leads, engagement with UN agencies and NGOs, and more — can seek information and advice from Senior Advisor for International Initiatives Bertil Lindblad, who has more than 30 years experience in leadership positions with global organizations like UNAIDS, UNICEF and Swedish Save the Children.

After Pomona

Pomona College students often find opportunity abroad after graduation. In 2016, 26 seniors won 29 post-graduate fellowships or scholarships, many of them providing funds for study or work internationally. 

  • Fiker Bekele '16 and Conner Kummerlowe '16 are headed to the University of Cambridge on Downing Scholarships.
  • Harrison Goodall '16 and Alexandra Goss '16 will travel the world for a year on independent research projects funded by Watson Fellowships.
  • 16 graduates were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for international research and teaching opportunities.
  • Leyth Swidan '16 is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, committing to a five-year service commitment as a foreign services officer.

To read more fellowship stories or search for grants, visit our Graduate Fellowship and Scholarship Advising site.

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courses offered at Pomona related to global topics
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languages spoken at the Oldenborg Dining Hall language tables each week
15%
of the Class of 2019 are international students
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countries where international students hail from