The fees (click here for program fees and cost estimates) for semester or year-long study abroad or study on a US-based Partner Program are based on Whitman tuition plus the program’s actual room and board fees and other required fees (such as medical insurance). In addition, students will be responsible for other out-of-pocket expenses such as international airfare, local transportation costs, independent travel and other miscellaneous personal expenses.
When attending schools such as the University of St Andrews, University of Otago or University of East Anglia in which the student enrolls directly in the foreign university through Whitman, students will be charged the program room fees in US dollars, plus a small percentage to account for potential fluctuations in the exchange rate.
Whitman College charges Whitman tuition rather than the program’s actual tuition fees for several reasons. First, as a community, we are committed to the principle that all qualified students should have access to study abroad opportunities including students who receive need-based aid and merit scholarships from Whitman. Charging Whitman tuition makes it possible for Whitman aid to be portable to all OCS Partner Programs. Second, students who study off campus through Whitman continue to receive administrative support from the College and are therefore expected to share in the cost of supporting that infrastructure along with the students who remain in-residence on campus. These services include but are not limited to the Registrar, Off-Campus Studies, Penrose Library, faculty advisers, Financial Aid Services, Business Office, Academic Resource Center, the Counseling Center and Whitman College Technology Services.
When comparing the cost of different programs, keep in mind that cost of living expenses vary significantly. Students who wish to study abroad in a more “economical” destination should feel free to discuss the costs associated with different programs with the OCS staff.
Whitman reserves the right to adjust stated program fees if the program provider changes their fees or if there is a change in the currency exchange rate.
When you are admitted into an off-campus study program, the program will usually require that you pay an enrollment deposit to hold your space in the program. Deposits usually range in price from $400-$1400 and are due soon after the letter of admission has been issued. All off-campus studies participants will need to pay the program's enrollment deposit directly to the particular off-campus program that they are attending. Please plan for this expense to occur the semester you apply for off-campus study.