How to choose?

Manon Zouai

No two programs offer the same opportunities—students must reflect on their individual academic goals when choosing between programs. Careful consideration of the program model will ensure that students select a program offering the educational opportunities and social connections to match their degree requirements and personal goals for off-campus study.

Primary models of most off-campus study programs

Program Type Features
University-based programs (UB) allow Scripps students to enroll alongside local students in regular university classes. If English is not the primary language, students must have sufficient competency to do academic course work in the host language.
  • The educational approach is different than is typical in a U.S. classroom. Students are expected to be independent scholars, and grades may be based on one final exam.
  • Most universities are in urban locations with student populations ranging from 5,000 to 60,000.
  • Classes are with students from the host culture, but involvement in extracurricular activities or clubs is the best way to engage with locals and make friends.
  • Housing options are limited depending on program location.
Community-based programs (CB) employ a field-based educational framework with a goal of integrating students as fully as possible into the daily life of the community. Students will study the local language as part of the program.
  • Classes are with a small group of U.S. students.
  • An interdisciplinary seminar provides cultural context to the program theme.The independent study project allows students to pursue research in an academic area of interest.
  • Homestays, often in both urban and rural settings, provide a broad exposure to the culture.
Hybrid programs (HY) are commonly offered in locations where students are not able to study the host language in Claremont.
  • Classes are with U.S. students, taught in English in a range of subjects.
  • Limited enrollment in university classes with local students is possible if proficient in the language.
  • Friendships with locals require a concerted effort on the part of the student and strategic housing choices.
  • Housing options vary by program but often include homestays.
Specialized programs (SP) are common in the fine arts, allowing students to focus entirely on their major for the semester.
  • Courses are offered in studio arts, music, dance, or theater at a school for the arts, primarily with other U.S. students.
  • A large time commitment to the program is expected.
  • Because of the program intensity, students must be intentional about connecting with locals outside of class.
  • Housing is in student flats, usually with other U.S. students.