Dickinson and Partner Programs
Why does Dickinson charge its comprehensive fee for study abroad programs when the tuition charged by foreign institutions is usually less than Dickinson tuition?
The study abroad program fees pay for more than the tuition charges of the host institution. The academic program on the Carlisle campus obviously continues when students are abroad, and it costs to keep the campus in operation. Students abroad may still avail themselves of services such as information technology, the library and the registrar, to name a few. Program fees also finance any on-site enhancements that might be added to a program, such as homestays, internships, special courses and on-site staff. Program fees also help to support all of the substantial college-wide administrative and academic tasks associated with study abroad, such as the process by which abroad courses are validated as Dickinson courses for the purposes of issuing a Dickinson transcript, which requires regular institutional review of abroad courses and faculty.
Unlike many other colleges, Dickinson makes institutional financial aid portable to Dickinson Programs and Partner Programs, and the program fee supports this significant cost.
Program fees also support a significant number of global education initiatives that encourage international learning on the Carlisle campus. These include:
an active program of visiting international students and scholars from abroad who are active participants in the campus community. Their presence on campus helps students and faculty to learn about other cultures and societies while here in Carlisle;
familiarization trips to abroad sites for Dickinson faculty that help our faculty to become knowledgeable about the College’s study abroad programs in order to better advise students about study abroad, and to monitor the quality of courses and the programs
Why does Dickinson charge a fee for participation in a non-Dickinson program?
The study abroad fee that Dickinson charges ($1,820 per semester for study abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year) is for a number of services provided to students, many of them “behind the scenes."
The fee is not a “finder’s fee.” That is, it is not meant to pay for finding a program for students. The Center for Global Study and Engagement can advise students on possible programs, or at least point them in the direction of resources where they may find an appropriate program. If Dickinson students have not studied in certain locations of the world, then this chore may indeed prove more difficult than if a student were to choose a more popular destination. However, it has been found that such proactive effort is indeed good preparation for the off-campus experience.
The fee does defray costs for providing access to a range of Dickinson resources and services to students while they are participating in non-Dickinson programs. Specifically, these resources and services include but are not limited to the following:
- Facilitation of Dickinson course registration for the semester following the student's time away from campus
- Facilitation of housing placement for the semester following the student's time away from campus;
- Access to Dickinson email, Moodle, and all electronic resources and tools;
- Access to Dickinson library's holdings, its staff, and its research capabilities;
- Pre-departure and re-entry programming and materials;
- Telephonic access to the campus counseling center in the event that it is needed;
- Supplemental international health insurance coverage;
- Emergency evacuation coverage from the program site abroad in the event of a health or security emergency; and
- Facilitation of the credit-transfer process for academic coursework completed while participating in the non-Dickinson program.