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Financing Study Abroad


Dickinson College is committed to making off-campus study affordable for Dickinson students and to supporting off-campus study with financial aid. Dickinson students are able to study abroad on any Dickinson Program or Partner Program for the semester or academic year for approximately the same price as studying on the Carlisle campus. Eligible students can also receive financial aid on short-term programs that add to their Dickinson College experience.  

Students are encouraged to plan out their budget by using Cost Sheet found on the program brochure.  

Dickinson Programs and Partner Programs

All students participating in an academic year or semester Dickinson or Partner Program are charged a Comprehensive Fee that corresponds closely to on-campus tuition, housing and food, and fees, which are announced each spring. These charges are the same regardless of which program the student attends, and the charges will be billed to the student’s account.  
Included in most program fees are: 

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing and food 
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientations and support 
  • Academic excursions 
  • Accident and sickness insurance 

Additional and incidental costs generally not included in the fee are:

  • Required primary health insurance 
  • Roundtrip airfare 
  • Passport and visa 
  • Immunizations 
  • Optional travel 
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses 
  • Meals and housing during vacations 
  • Books and supplies 

Note: Costs sheets for Dickinson and Partner Programs can be found on the program’s brochure page under the Costs/Scholarships tab.  

Financial Aid on Dickinson Programs and Partner Programs 

Financial aid continues for eligible students during their time off campus when participating in a Dickinson Program or Partner Program. Dickinson grant money and endowed scholarships are available only to Dickinson College students. Students from other colleges and universities should check with their own financial aid offices to determine eligibility. Students should contact their counselor in the Financial Aid Office with any questions pertaining to their Dickinson aid package.  

Additional financial aid package considerations 

  • Federal Work Study is typically not available to students while abroad. Students should not calculate what they typically earn through on-campus employment when budgeting for their time abroad.
  • Students who serve as Residential Advisors (RA) should be prepared to pay for housing as part of the Comprehensive Fee to study off-campus. 

Dickinson Summer, Globally Integrated and Mosaic Programs

Program Costs 
The Summer, Globally Integrated and Mosaic program fee is determined independently of on-campus fees. Students should consult the program’s brochure page about the cost of their intended program.  

Financial Assistance 
Students currently receiving need-based Dickinson grant assistance may also receive aid for Short-Term Summer, Globally Integrated, or Mosaic programs in addition to the traditional eight semesters required for graduation. Eligible students will first receive loan assistance. Grant aid, through the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, will be awarded to students with the highest financial need.

Dickinson College students currently receiving need-based Dickinson grant assistance must mark yes, they are interested in need-based aid on the online education abroad application by the program’s application deadline. No financial aid application received after the deadline will be processed.

Applicants will receive summer financial aid offers shortly after they have been accepted into their program, before they must make their final decision to attend.

Schedule of Payments 
Billing for the balance of the program fee, less any applicable financial aid, varies and is dependent upon the program’s travel dates. For specific information, students should contact Student Accounts.  

Airfare is not included in the program fee. Students will be expected to arrange for their own transportation and arrive in their host city at times designated by the program director.  

Financial Help for Airfare Costs

For students receiving financial assistance, it may be difficult to purchase a ticket with personal funds prior to financial aid being dispersed. In this case, students may apply for a "Bridge Loan," which is a loan from Dickinson College explicitly for the purpose of purchasing a plane ticket for a credit-bearing Dickinson study abroad program. Inquiries and applications should be made to the Student Accounts Office a few weeks in advance of when you need the funds. 

Bridge loans are not available to students with past due balances on their student account. Verification of pending financial aid to cover the amount of the Bridge Loan is part of the acceptance process for these loans. The Bridge Loan will appear as a charge on a student's account and will be paid off with financial aid once aid is dispersed. The cost of a bridge loan is 1.5% per month until your financial aid arrives to cover your balance. 

For more information, or to apply for a Bridge Loan, students should inquire with: 

The Office of Student Accounts 
South College West 
Dickinson College 
(717) 245-1953

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

The withdrawal and refund policies can be found on the Education Abroad Policies page. 

Scholarships for global study and research 

The following scholarships and research grants are available to undergraduates studying abroad. This list is not an all-inclusive list. We encourage you to do your own research as well. You can consult or to search for other sources of funding.

Have questions?

Interested students should contact the Center for Global Study and Engagement which can direct you to the appropriate contacts. 

Dickinson College funded grants and scholarships

Grants are available to Dickinson students who are interested in completing a research project abroad, over and above the general coursework of their study abroad program.

Learn more about the Student International Research Fund (SIRF) and the William G. and Elke F. Durden International Initiative Fund


Thanks to the generous support of the Geldrich-Leffman Fund students who demonstrate financial need and are doing a summer language immersion program prior to the start of a semester or academic year language immersion program in the same language are eligible to apply for the Geldrich-Leffman Language Immersion Scholarship.  Preference will be given to students applying for Dickinson summer and then Dickinson semester or academic year programs.  Scholarships are competitive. For questions and to apply, please contact the Center for Global Study and Engagement at

Program-related aid and assistance

The following Partner Programs offer their own scholarships and aid to students studying on their programs.

Advanced Studies in England (Bath)

AMIDEAST (Jordan and Morocco)

CET (Taiwan)

DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Copenhagen and Stockholm)
Please note: International students studying at Dickinson are eligible to apply for DIS scholarships if accepted to either program.

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Rome)

School for Field Studies (Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Kenya, Panama, Peru, Tanzania, Turks and Caicos)

School for International Training (Cameroon and India)

Other organizations provide funding to study in certain locations around the world.

BUTEX offers £500 scholarships for students who will be participating in semester-long study abroad programs based at a member university or organization in the UK (The University of East Anglia is a member).

The Deutsher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) promotes international academic relations and cooperation and offers undergraduate students a variety of support for study and research in Germany at all levels of the undergraduate program. Students can apply for fellowships for study abroad, for professional internships, for language courses, and for postgraduate research.  Dickinsonians have won scholarships to fund study abroad, to pursue summer research in science, and to undertake a professional internship after graduation. Contact Professor Sarah McGaughey with questions.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) provides scholarships up to $5,000 for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study in East and Southeast Asia.

The US-Japan Bridging Foundation offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. The scholarship is available to students majoring in any field of study. Recipients receive $2,500 (semester) or $4,500 (academic year).

External general funding


The Gilman Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Scholarships are awarded up to $5,000; additional funds for Critical Language Study are available up to $3,000. Deadlines: March and October


The John S. McCain International Scholarship for Military Families (Gilman-McCain Scholarship) provides awards of $5,000 for child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel during the time of application (including Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Space Force, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and USPHS Commissioned Corps) to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs. Deadlines: March and October


Scholarships are awarded with a preference to under-represented students in study abroad programs, including minorities, science and technology majors, community college students and those choosing to study in non-traditional countries. Deadlines: mid-September and mid-January


Boren Scholarships, what are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. Recipients of the Boren must agree to seek work with the US government after graduation (e.g. FBI, CIA, US State Department).


The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships support several different kinds of study abroad (up to two years). Funds are provided for academic study, for multi-year study, or for cultural study. Students must have completed at least two years of coursework in order to apply and must initially apply through a Rotary Club.  

Study Abroad Scholarships for LGBT students

This list of study abroad scholarships is published by

Diverse International Women of Color (DIWC)

DIWC study abroad scholarship awards $500 scholarships to women of color who have been accepted to an in-person study abroad program and who demonstrates financial need. Global Scholars - Study Abroad Scholarship Global Scholars awards two (2) $2,000 scholarships to Black female-identifying college students who have been accepted to a study abroad program. 

The Going Abroad Scholarship

Going (formerly Scott's Cheap Flights) offers $1,500 scholarships to US citizens and residents who are enrolled full-time at an accredited higher education institution. Deadlines: March 15 (fall) and October 15 (spring)

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

This is a $1,000 study abroad scholarship available to students bound for any destination. The scholarship is open to US citizens, permanent residents and students studying in the US on a student visa. Deadlines: April 15 (fall) and November 15 (spring)

Summer funding opportunities


The Council of American Overseas Research Centers sponsors scholarships for intensive summer study of a critical language in a city abroad. Languages include Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Azerbaijani, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, and Russian. All costs, including travel and orientation, are covered by the program sponsors for this 7 to 10 week summer experience. 


The University of Bremen has funding available to students to undertake a summer research internship. Students with German-language experience can choose from a variety of fields, but there are a number of research projects and teams that work in English, particularly in the sciences and engineering. Stipends are available for up to 3,000 Euros and can cover flight costs and include a small stipend (650 Euros/month) for a stay up to 3 months. For more information and to find out if there is a fitting internship, please contact Professor Kamaal Haque.


The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three to four week programmes for US undergraduates students. Participants explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. The program will cover a majority of participant costs. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at host institution, accommodation, and a small daily allowance for meals.

International post-graduate opportunities

Students looking for other post-graduate opportunities should consider contacting Advising, Internships and Career Center. Review their list of fellowships and scholarships.


J. William Fulbright Scholarships enable students to spend a year studying, researching or teaching abroad in one of more than 100 countries. In general, transportation, living expenses, language training, and tuition are covered: details vary by country. Seniors and graduate students who do not yet hold a doctorate degree are eligible to apply. 


The US-Ireland Alliance established the scholarship to educate future American leaders about Ireland and in honor of George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senator who served as Chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18-30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. Seniors and graduate students, no older than 30, are eligible to apply.


George C. Marshall Scholarships provide tuition and personal stipends to students to pursue a graduate degree in any field at any British college or university for two years. Seniors and graduate students with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.7 (after the freshman year) are eligible to apply.


One of the nation’s most prestigious awards, Rhodes Scholarships fund tuition, travel, and living expenses for up to three years of undergraduate or graduate study in any field at the University of Oxford. Seniors and graduate students, no older than 24, are eligible to apply.


The St. Andrew’s Society offers scholarships in the amount of $30,000 for a full year of study at one of four Scottish universities for American students of Scottish Heritage who wish to study abroad in Scotland after their senior year. Open to U.S. citizens in the top quarter of the Dickinson class. Candidates must be willing to attend any of the four Scottish Universities participating in the program (Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen). While the award of a scholarship guarantees admission to one of these Scottish universities, attendance at the scholar’s first choice school is not a given and, as such, the scholar must be flexible to attend any of them. Application and personal interview in New York may be required. Application Deadline: December 15 of Senior Year.