Why does Dickinson charge a fee for participation in a non-Dickinson program?
The study abroad fee that Dickinson charges ($1,600 per semester for study abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year) is for a number of services provided to students, many of them “behind
The fee is not a “finder’s fee.” That is, it is not
meant to pay for finding a program for students. The Office of Global
Education 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 cover resources available to students in the Office of
Global Education; predeparture orientation and information; communication
with students while at another institution on matters such as housing
and registration; and administration of the transfer credit process
for courses students take at another institution. It also covers reentry
activities and events, including reentry gatherings and other activities, and communication with the host program regarding logistical issues and student life matters.