Dickinson Programs and Partner Programs

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 approximately the same price as study on the Carlisle campus. Learn more about scholarships, grants or fellowships for global study. 

The fees for academic year and semester international Dickinson Programs and Partner Programs are based on and correspond closely to on-campus tuition, room and board and fees, which are announced each spring. Summer study abroad program fees continue to be determined independently of the on-campus fees. Airfare is not included in program fees.

Students are encouraged to plan out their budget by using this Study Abroad Budget Worksheet.

Included in most program fees are:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientations
  • 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

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. To ensure continued support, students should make the necessary arrangements with the Financial Aid Office upon acceptance to an off-campus 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.

Financial Aid on Non-Dickinson Programs

Under no circumstances may a student use Dickinson-awarded financial aid to fund any type of study on a non-Dickinson program. Students may use federal financial aid, private scholarships (not given by Dickinson), or personal funds for funding participation in a non-Dickinson program.

Bill Payment Service for Non-Dickinson Programs

Dickinson offers a bill payment service for students studying abroad on non-Dickinson programs. Benefits include the uninterrupted use of Dickinson's monthly payment plan, and greater efficiency in the processing and crediting of federal and state financial aid. Students electing to use this service should send their host school bill to the Center for Global Study and Engagement ( There is a $65 administrative fee for this service.

Students may also opt to pay their host institution directly. Please note that payment may be due sooner than is the case at Dickinson and that the host institution may expect payment in full without consideration of pending financial aid.

Non-Dickinson Program Study Abroad Fee

All students studying abroad on a non-Dickinson program during the academic year will be charged an off-campus study fee per semester. This amount will be charged to the student's Dickinson account. The amount of the fee is subject to change for each academic year. Information on the current fee amount is available by visiting the Student Accounts page.

The study abroad fee that Dickinson charges 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 (CGSE) 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.

Why does Dickinson charge a fee for participation in a non-Dickinson program?

The study abroad fee that Dickinson charges is for a number of services provided to students, many of them "behind the scenes." 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.
  • Communication with the host program regarding logistical issues and student life matters.

Dickinson Summer Programs

Financial Assistance

Dickinson College students who are eligible for need-based financial aid must submit the summer Program Application for Financial Aid via the online application no later than to the Financial Aid Office by February 1.

No financial aid application received after the deadline will be processed. Award notices will be sent in early March. Students from other institutions should inquire about financial aid possibilities at their home institution's financial aid office.

Schedule of Payments

After students submit their online application, students must submit a $40.00 non-refundable application fee to the Center for Global Study and Engagement (Stern) in order for your application to be reviewed. A $300.00 non-refundable confirmation payment will be due in early March. Billing for the balance of the program fee, less any applicable financial aid, should be received in April for payment in early May.

Program Costs

Please note that prices listed in this brochure are approximated and will be confirmed before confirmation deposits are collected. The information is accurate as of this date, but is subject to change without notice.

Airfare for Programs

Please note that airfare is NOT included in the program fee. Students will be expected to arrange for their own transportation on recommended group flights 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 couple of 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
Holland Union Building
Dickinson College
(717) 245-1953


A student’s date of withdrawal is determined by either:

  1. The date the student notifies CGSE in writing of his/her decision to withdraw, or
  2. The date the student is officially dismissed from the Program

A student who withdraws on or prior to the 45th day before the start of the program will receive a 100% refund, less the non-refundable confirmation payment.

A student who withdraws after the 45th day prior to the program start date, but before the actual start of the program, will receive an 80% refund of the Comprehensive Fee (Tuition + Program Fee) less the non-refundable confirmation payment.

After the program starts, the student forfeits 100% of the Comprehensive Fee (Tuition + Program Fee).

In all cases, Dickinson retains the right to deduct non-recoverable costs from any applicable refund.  These would include costs, incurred after the confirmation deposit is received, for hotel, excursions, and transportation costs, etc.

For students receiving Financial Aid, the financial aid refund rules apply as stated in the Dickinson College Bulletin under the Dickinson College Refund Policy.

Financial Aid Refunds

For students receiving Financial Aid, the financial aid refund rules apply as stated in the Dickinson College Bulletin under the Dickinson College Refund Policy. It is important to understand that since the financial aid refund is calculated using different methods, the refund to the student account may not fully cover the required refund to the financial aid programs. Therefore, the student may end up owing funds to Dickinson College after the refund to the financial aid programs has been made.