Latin American dancers performing

Summer or winter study abroad is flexible and cost-effective, but demands independent responsibility. Be ready to take the lead on personal and academic readiness, assessing program quality, and managing finances.

  • Apply directly to the program following their eligibility requirements.
  • Pay published tuition and fees directly to the program, not Oxy.
  • Complete the form on the IPO portal before going abroad and before requesting any "pre-approval/nomination" for your program application. Once your course transfer form is approved by IPO, you will receive a notification. Note: Per college policy, a. courses taken abroad in summer or winter are approved for transfer credit only, not letter grades; and b. online courses may not be used to satisfy core requirements.
  • The $39 processing fee is charged to your Oxy student account.
  • IPO advising available by appointment.
  • If you are participating in an internship abroad and are interested in receiving internship credit, please review the Internship Transfer Credit Advisory.

Consider programs offered by our semester partners for preferential admission, possible fee waivers, or access to matching scholarships. International students may consider institutions in their home country. Let the program know that you are from Occidental College.

Research/Internship/Community-Based Options - Students may take advantage of summer abroad programs that focus on research or have a research component or project element. Virtual and in person experiences may be considered. Below are some examples of programs that students can take part in.

Arcadia University

STEM Summer Research Projects


Chinese University of Hong Kong SURP Summer Research Programme


Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics 

Indonesia: Biodiversity and Conservation in Bali and Borneo

Jordan: Internship in Climate Change and Sustainability

Nepal: Geoscience in the Himalaya 

Panama: Marine Ecology & Blue Carbon Conservation in the Pacific & Caribbean

Rwanda: Peace & Conflict Studies

South Africa: Journalism and Digital Media


Summer Global Internship


Summer Internship Program


Tropical Bio Program


SFS Costa Rica: Biodiversity and Sustainable Food Systems

SFS Panama: Tropical Island Ecosystems: The Human Impact


Tulane Interdisciplinary Environmental Research & Action Program

Additional Resources

IPO is committed to supporting your needs for your successful experiences abroad. Please use the following resources to obtain information on health and safety.

Please sign up for remote advising.

Browse and Book Appointments (30 minute slots): Option #1 ; Option #2 ; Option #3

Contact International Programs
McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, Johnson 102