An academic year, semester, summer, or January term of study at a specialized program or other college or university in the United States may be appropriate for some students with strong academic preparation and clearly-formulated educational goals. Like study abroad, this form of study off campus must be carefully planned and integrated with the student's on-campus academic program. Several institutions offer specialized learning opportunities and environments unavailable at Dickinson, utilizing unique resources that cannot be duplicated within the traditional on-campus classroom setting. Examples are programs that focus on topics and areas such as marine biology, the United Nations, urban studies, or American maritime studies.
Dickinson students have also taken advantage of guest student programs at major colleges and universities which permit students to enroll for a semester or the academic year in regular curricular offerings of the institution which are unavailable on the Dickinson campus. Dickinson students have recently studied elsewhere in the following academic areas: architecture, African-American studies, East-West comparative cultures, journalism, public communications, urban studies, archaeology, business, drama, ecology, studio art, and law.
The following pages present off-campus opportunities in the United States with which Dickinson is formally associated. Information on these and other specialized programs of study is available in the Center for Global Study and Engagement, located in the Marc and Eva Stern Center for Global Education.
South Asian Studies By informal arrangement with the University of Pennsylvania, well-qualified, highly motivated Dickinson students may elect to spend a summer, a semester, or a full academic year (normally the senior year) studying in the Department of South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Such election shall be contingent upon recommendation by the student's major department at Dickinson, approval of the director of global education, and acceptance by the department at the University of Pennsylvania. Seniors completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree at Dickinson who are in residence at the University of Pennsylvania during the entire senior year are exempt from the Dickinson senior residence requirements.
Joint Baccalaureate and Law Degree Program Students attending Dickinson have the opportunity to earn both a baccalaureate degree and a law degree through a joint Dickinson College/Penn State Dickinson School of Law program. This arrangement, also known as the 3-3 program, allows a student to begin law school during his or her senior year of college. To qualify for this program, Dickinson students need to complete all college degree requirements within three years (save for the final year's electives), attain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (the top 10-15% of the class), and achieve a score on the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) within the top 30% of all national test-takers. After one year of successful study at the Law School, students will earn their baccalaureate degree from the college. After two additional years of study at the Law School, the students will complete the law program and earn their JD degree.
Students interested in this program should consult the college's pre-law advisor and should be prepared to make application to the Law School no later than February 1 of their junior year.
Binary Engineering Program In the field of engineering, Dickinson College has a linkage program, the Binary Engineering Program, which enables Dickinson students to complete both a BS degree at Dickinson and a BS in engineering from the engineering school at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or Case Western Reserve University. The student spends the first three years at Dickinson and the final two at the engineering school, leading to a BS degree from both schools. The liberal arts-engineering combination is particularly appealing to those students who like the liberal arts and seek an engineering degree within the broadest possible curriculum. The Dickinson student receives a generous background in pure science along with course offerings in the humanities and the social sciences.
Direct Admission Agreement William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester Students complete their undergraduate program at Dickinson and begin admission to the MBA program immediately following graduation. Students will be nominated based on course work and academic achievement. To qualify for this program, Dickinson students must possess strong leadership potential and interest in graduate business education.
Students interested in this program should consult the college's pre-business advisor as early in their career as possible and should be prepared to make application by the beginning of the junior year. Nominations can occur as early as the beginning of the sophomore year at Dickinson.
The Consortium Exchange Program (CPC) Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, and Gettysburg Colleges form the Central Pennsylvania Consortium. One of the advantages of this educational cooperative venture is that students have the opportunity to take courses at any member college. This program of exchange is encouraged because it allows for greater flexibility in a student's educational program.
The Office of the Registrar coordinates consortium exchange programs for students. The appropriate forms, catalogs, and other information are available there. Applications should be submitted to that office by April 15 for a fall semester, and November 15 for a spring semester.
Any Dickinson student who is approved by this college for study at Franklin and Marshall or Gettysburg College may take a course, several courses, a full semester, or a full year at the other college. Except for summer programs at the other colleges, the normal tuition fee is paid to Dickinson. No fees are paid to the other college except residence fees where appropriate. Grades, in addition to course credit, are transferred to Dickinson.
Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Dickinson is a charter member of a group of outstanding undergraduate colleges that offer their students the opportunity to spend a semester studying and conducting hands-on research in the field of aquatic and terrestrial ecology at one of the world's foremost research and teaching institutions. The Marine Biological Laboratory of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, employs some of the most influential and best known marine scientists in the country. Dickinson students can spend a fall semester working closely with these distinguished men and women at a state-of-the-art marine research facility in a beautiful natural setting. Students take regular course work and electives while at Woods Hole, and they complete a research project and participate in a seminar on writing in the sciences.