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Upcoming Global Events

Study Abroad Fair

Monday, Sept. 21, 6:00-8:00 pm

HUB Social Hall

For All Sophomores:

Study Abroad Info Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 08, 6:30 pm


For All First Years:

Study Abroad Info Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:30 pm


Summer Study Abroad Fair

Wed., Nov. 18, 5:00-7:00 pm

HUB Social Hall Lobby


 For more information about  Global Education events, please  contact




Welcome to the Office of Global Education!

Our offices are located in the Marc and Eva Stern Center for Global Education.

Dickinson College

P.O. Box 1773

Carlisle, PA  17013

Phone:  717-245-1341

Fax:  717-245-1688

Health & Safety Updates (last updated August 3, 2009)

For the latest updates regarding health and safety for students studying overseas, please click here

News from the Office of Global Education

For access to reports from our latest newsletter, please click here.

Study Abroad Application Deadlines

The deadline to submit an application to study abroad on a non-Dickinson program for the fall or academic year has changed.  Please make note of the following due dates:

Spring Program Application Deadines:

Non-Dickinson Programs: September 1 (formerly October 1)
Dickinson & Partner Programs: September 15 (formerly October 15)

All-Year and Fall Programs Application Deadlines:

Non-Dickinson Programs: February 1 (formerly February 15)
Dickinson & Partner Programs: February 15 (unchanged)

Summer Programs Application Deadline:  February 1

Transparency in Study Abroad Financial Agreements

Dickinson does not accept any money from study abroad program providers in exchange for student enrollments in non-Dickinson programs, nor do we charge on-campus tuition when students participate in non-Dickinson programs (programs that are outside the network of Dickinson and Dickinson Partner Programs). We do charge an administrative fee ($1,600 per semester for study abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year), which is used to cover predeparture orientation and information, communication with students while at another institution on matters such as housing and registration, administration of the transfer credit process for courses students take at another institution, and reentry activities and events.

When students study on Dickinson or Dickinson Partner Programs we do charge a fee equivalent to the on-campus comprehensive fee. However, unlike with non-Dickinson programs, all Dickinson financial aid can be applied toward the cost of Dickinson and Dickinson Partner Programs. Our goal is to ensure that study abroad is affordable for all Dickinson students; in cases where there is a difference between our fee and the fee of the host institution, that difference helps us to make financial aid available. 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 (including a number of sites where Dickinson faculty serve as resident directors on a rotating basis). They also help to support 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. Dickinson faculty visit our sites abroad on a regular basis to monitor the quality of courses, and to familiarize themselves with the programs, thereby making them better able to advise students about study abroad.

Research Supports Dickinson Study Abroad Program Model

Dickinson College, a recognized leader in the assessment of global education outcomes, recently took part in a three-year, federally-funded study entitled “The Assessment of Student Learning Abroad."  A consortium consisting of Dickinson College, Georgetown University, The University of Minnesota and Rice University examined study abroad program variables and their impact on global learning.  Initial results of one part of the study - the development of intercultural sensitivity as measured by the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) - are in.  To learn more about how these results demonstrate a strong correlation between the features of the Dickinson study abroad program model and intercultural sensitivity gains, read this preliminary report.

Dickinson College as a Model for Global Education in American Higher Education:  A Comprehensive Presentation

Click here to read a special report by President William Durden '71.  Aspects of this paper were delivered as keynote speeches in 2005 before the Lincoln Conmmision and an American Council of Education meeting for presidents and provosts on internationalizing a campus.

The Forum on Education Abroad

On July 1, 2006, Dickinson became the new strategic partner of The Forum on Education Abroad (, a global membership association. The Forum offices are located here in Carlisle, and Brian Whalen serves as the organization's president and CEO.

The Forum was created in 2001 by experts in the field of education abroad to meet the needs of the profession. Its worldwide membership is made up of more than 300 educational institutions, consortia, agencies, organizations and individuals that provide, direct, manage or support education abroad opportunities, including institutions such as Harvard University, Pomona College, University of Limerick, University of Wollongong and APUNE, an association representing U.S. study abroad programs in Spain. The membership represents approximately 75 percent of the U.S. study abroad market.

The Forum has published its Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad--the first such set of guidelines in the field--as well as a survey on curricular best practices. Also, the organization has established the annual Forum Undergraduate Research Awards to showcase outstanding student research completed while studying abroad, which provides clear evidence of the value of education abroad.

At its annual conference, members of The Forum explore the organization's areas of focus: standards of good practice, outcomes assessment, curriculum development and academic design, data collection and research, and advocacy. This event, along with The Forum's interactive Web site and ongoing projects, provide important resources to those in the field. The most recent conference, organized by Forum staff at Dickinson, was held in Februrary 2009 in Portland, Oregon.

Open Doors Recognizes Dickinson for Study Abroad Excellence

In recognition of Dickinson College's comprehensive and outstanding opportunities to study abroad, the college again has been cited as a top-ranked educational institution for international study in the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors 2006 Report. Dickinson ranked 13th among baccalaureate institutions in the total number of students who study abroad and 10th for its study abroad participation rate of 82.2 percent.

According to Brian Whalen, associate dean and executive director of the Office of Global Education for the college, "Dickinson has one of the most generous and liberal policies for study abroad, and our students take advantage of the many opportunities available to them. The Open Doors report provides a way to compare Dickinson's study abroad participation level with other institutions. It is clear once again from the report that Dickinson has a strong and unwavering commitment to engaging the world."


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