Exchange Programs

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

An exchange program between Occidental and Caltech permits full-time students at either school to receive credit for courses taken at the other institution during the fall or spring semesters but not during the summer. The option does not apply to courses that are equivalent to those offered by the home institution, but is designed to enlarge the range of course offerings a student may take. Thus, Occidental students may enroll in such courses as applied science, astronomy, or engineering.

A student in the exchange program must obtain prior approval from his or her advisor, the instructor of the course, and the Occidental and Caltech registrars. The program is usually not open to freshmen. Students must be full-time at Occidental (a minimum of 12 units). Additional tuition payments are not required, but the student may have to pay special fees in connection with certain laboratory courses.

Occidental College will add the course on the current registration as a placeholder but will remove it upon completion of the course and add it to the academic record as transfer credit.

The unit conversion from Caltech to Occidental College is as follows:

Cal Tech units Occidental College Units
0 to 1 unit 0 unit
2 to 5 units 1 unit
6 to 8 Units 2 units
9 to 11 units 3 units
12 units to 15 units 4 units
16 units to 18 units 5 units
19 units to 21 units 6 units


ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Full-time students at Occidental and Art Center may receive credit for courses taken at the other institution during the fall or spring semesters but not during the summer, with the permission of both institutions. The program is designed for art majors and is not open to first-year students.

A student in this exchange program must obtain prior approval from the chair of the Department of Art and Art History or the Department of Media Arts and Culture at Occidental (whichever is most applicable), his or her advisor, the instructor of the course, and the Occidental and Art Center registrars. Students must be full-time at Occidental (a minimum of 12 units). Additional tuition payments are not required, but there may be special laboratory fees.

Occidental College will add the course on the current registration as a placeholder but will remove it upon completion of the course and add it to the academic record as transfer credit.