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.  The program is not open to first-year students.

A student in the exchange program must obtain prior approval from his or her adviser, the instructor of the course, and the Occidental and Caltech registrars. 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:

Caltech 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

Students at Occidental College may receive credit for courses taken at the Art Center 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. 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. More information can be found in the Office of the Registrar.

Students participating in the exchange program are limited to enrollment in one course per term. Enrollment is at the discretion of the cross-enrolled institution and some courses may be excluded from the program. Enrollment in any course depends upon (i) the student having fulfilled any prerequisites for the desired course; (ii) available space in the desired course; (iii) consent of the instructor. The student is required to abide by all policies and procedures of the cross-enrolled school. Total enrollment each academic year will be limited to 12 students from each institution.

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.