Visiting Students

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Use this application if this will be visiting student at PennWest California and are currently enrolled in a degree program at another university.


Broaden Your College Experience at PennWest California

PennWest California welcomes visiting students from across the United States and around the world. Expand your college experience and supplement the degree program at your home institution by studying at PennWest California for a limited amount of time

As a visiting student, you'll have full access to PennWest California's course offerings as long as you meet course prerequisites. Choose classes from a wide variety of academic programs, including undergraduate, graduate and online programs.

undergraduate programs
online and on-campus graduate programs

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Year-Round Start Dates

Winter, spring, summer or fall, come to PennWest California when it makes the most sense for you. Take time away from your home university in a fall or spring semester, or earn credits at PennWest California while on your school's winter or summer break.

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Visiting Student Eligibility

You're eligible to apply to PennWest California's Visiting Student program if you are currently enrolled in a degree program at another college or university, and are either:

  • An undergraduate student who has completed at least 12 credits by the time of enrollment at PennWest California.
  • A graduate student who has completed at least one term by the time of enrollment at PennWest California.

Visiting Students from Schools within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education

If you are a student at one of the other 13 State System universities and wish to enroll at PennWest California as a visiting student, you will need to complete the Application for Visiting Student Status form.

This form needs to be signed by the registrar at your home institution and then mailed to:

PennWest California
Office of Academic Affairs - Box 4
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

 Visiting Students From Other U.S. Schools

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Discover the PennWest California Difference. As a visiting student, you'll benefit from PennWest California's unique focus on hands-on learning, our exceptional fieldwork and internship experiences, and a low student-to-teacher ratio that ensures you'll get plenty of individual attention.

International Visiting Students

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In addition to enjoying all the same benefits as visiting students from the United States, you'll also have access to PennWest California's exceptional programming and support for international students, including:

  • Airport pickup.
  • Student mentors for each international student.
  • The International Club.
  • Academic and personal support.
  • English as a Second Language non-degree program.

Learn more about International Student Services at PennWest California.

Course Loads and Credits

Talk to your academic adviser at your home school to insure your credits will transfer, and be sure to have a wide selection of courses ready at the time of registration, as some courses quickly fill up. 

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