Exchange & Cooperative Programs

Exchange & Cooperative Programs

Classes at Oxy are just a start. You can take classes at Caltech and Art Center, or even get a joint degree from Columbia, Caltech, or Keck Graduate Institute.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

As a full-time Oxy student, you can take courses at nearby Caltech in applied science, astronomy, engineering or other fields not taught here. While the program is usually not open to first-year students, you receive full credit for all courses taken. No additional tuition payments are required.

Qualified students also can take advantage of a 3/2 Combined Plan Program with Caltech – three years of study at Oxy, followed by two years at Caltech – that results in a BA in the Combined Plan from Oxy and a BS in a selected field of engineering from Caltech.

Art Center College of Design

If you’re majoring in art, you can take courses at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, one of the country’s top-ranked art schools. The program is not open to first-year students, but as with the Caltech exchange program, you receive full course credit. No additional tuition payments are required.

Columbia University

With a competitive GPA and LSAT scores, Columbia Law School may admit you upon completion of your junior year at Oxy into its Accelerated Interdisciplinary Program in Legal Education. Admittance to the program would enable you to earn your BA from Occidental and a JD from Columbia in six years.

Occidental also offers a 4/2 Combined Plan Program with Columbia. This allows qualified students to earn an Oxy degree in science or mathematics in four years, followed by two years at Columbia to earn a master’s in a chosen field of engineering.

Keck Graduate Institute

If you’re interested in biotechnology, become a biochemistry major and maintain a 3.2 GPA in the necessary courses, you’ll be guaranteed admission to the Keck master’s in bioscience program. The Keck Graduate Institute is part of the Claremont Colleges.