International Programs

International Programs endeavors to advance Occidental’s strategic goal—to prepare “citizens of the world” skilled at negotiating its complexities, eclectic in their interests and tastes.

Occidental recognizes the important role of international experience in a liberal arts and sciences education and as a key component in preparing undergraduates for successful and satisfying participation in today’s interdependent world.

International students bring diversity of perspectives to our campus. Academic experience abroad challenges undergraduate scholars to think beyond the cultural constructs implicit in their disciplines and socialization.

Through ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes, IPO documents how exchanges—both on and off campus—develop cross-cultural communication and analytic skills; a global perspective; and polished language proficiency, sharpened intellect, and broadened imagination. 

All study abroad during the academic year or over the summer must be approved by Occidental's International Programs Office. Generally, eligibility includes good academic and conduct standing and a 3.0 gpa. Programs may have additional eligibility or pre-requisites. Credits earned abroad during fall or spring semester are considered in-residence Occidental credits and therefore count in the GPA and honors calculations. 

Summer study abroad is transfer credit. College Financial Aid transfers to fall and spring semester study abroad, but not summer study abroad.