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Global Opportunities

Whittier College

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Whittier College. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Whittier College!


About 12 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles, one of the world’s truly global cities, Whittier College has one of the most diverse student body populations among small liberal arts colleges and our exchange students contribute to this diversity.

Once admitted to Whittier, exchange students are fully integrated into the academic and social life of the College, not separated in special classes or residence halls. 


Whitter College is in Southern California, a region of the Golden State that spans from the Tehachapi Mountains on the north to the international border on the south and offers an incomparable array of recreation, entertainment, educational, and professional opportunities. Whittier College exists right at the heart of it - between bustling Los Angeles and beautiful Orange County.

Southern California is a collage of counties and cities, each with its own personality and rich history, that are home to many of the nation’s and the world’s leading cultural and industry influencers. Hollywood’s production studios, Anaheim’s theme parks, and the South Bay’s aerospace industry are all a short drive from Whittier College.

Level of competitiveness

Competitive **

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Academic Calendar

Semester 1: August to December

Semester 2: January to May 

For more information, please visit Whittier College's academic calendar


This opportunity is only available to students from select academic schools within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS).


Please check the partner's online course catalogue.

No specific course restrictions are applied, but students are advised to check pre-requisite(s) of individual courses. Exchange students can select courses from different departments as long as the timetable allows.


Students are required to complete 12 credits minimum to 16 credits maximum per semester.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Places in on-campus residence halls are reserved for exchange students. Students will be given information on how to submit housing selection preferences upon acceptance. Accommodations are based on double occupancy, as single rooms cannot be guaranteed.

Find out more about housing on Whittier College's Housing and Residential Life webpage

Cost of Living

  • Fees: $2,780.00 USD per year
  • Accommodation: $8,045.00 USD per year
  • Meals: $6,384.00 15 meals/week per year
  • Books: around $500 USD
  • Personal Expenses: around $800 USD

Actual expenses depend on personal spending habits.

Support Services

For information on accessibility, visit Whittier College's Student Disabilities Services webpage. 

Social Media

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Additional Resources

Whittier College - Exchange Fact Sheet (2020-2021) [PDF 184KB]