"My time abroad in Aix-en-Provence, Francewas life-changing. It has significantly influenced my goals for the future and has brought wonderful people into my life from all over the globe. Studying abroad is a great opportunity for college students and I beg you not to pass it up." -- Jill Shastany
Learn more about Jill's study abroad experience in France by watching this video.
For programs requiring a deposit, you may mail the study abroad application form with a check made out to UMass Dartmouth to:
285 Old Westport Road
No. Dartmouth MA 02747
Or you may telephone the Enrollment Center with a credit card number and then mail the application directly to the UMass Dartmouth International Programs Office:
Hours: 9:30-6:30 Monday - Thursday, 9:30-3:30 Friday
Once acceptance to a UMass Dartmouth or UMass in Lisbon program is confirmed, payment is due in full. (For third-party provider programs, refer to that organization's policies.)
Students have a choice of two payment options:
1) You can pay the UMass Dartmouth Enrollment Center in full within 30 days of the application date. (March 1 or October 1). Checks and credit cards are accepted.
2) You may sign-up with an outside vendor for a time payment plan (25% down, $25 one time service charge, 4 monthly payments total) prior to the application due date. (March 1 or October 1.) Set up the Tuition Management System account first, then contact the UMass Dartmouth Enrollment Center to confirm your course registration.
The UMass Dartmouth study abroad course cancellation policy is as follows:
$350 program deposit – non-refundable (unless student is not accepted or program does not run)
60 days prior to program start = 0 refund
61-90 days prior to program start = 25% refund
91-120 days prior to program start = 50% refund
More than 120 days = fully refundable minus the $350 deposit
Study Abroad Cost Considerations
The cost of studying abroad varies depending on where you want to go, how you want to get there and how long you want to study for. Most kinds of financial aid can be used toward study abroad instead of campus study. Each study abroad student is billed a small study abroad fee and maintains enrolled status for the term of participation in a study abroad.
The total expense depends on how you budget for personal expenses while abroad. Study abroad programs vary; carefully read the description to see what is included. Consider the educational and personal growth benefits that may enhance your chances of obtaining the job you want when you graduate.
See the "Undergraduate Student's Resource" offered by the International Educators Association (NAFSA).
Faculty-led Programs - paid to UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth offers faculty-led courses abroad between semesters and as part of some semester courses. Costs vary depending on the number of credits, number of participants, inclusions and costs in the host country. Payment for UMass Dartmouth Faculty-led programs goes to the Enrollment Cetner and is applied to your university student account.
Exchange Programs - tuition and fees paid to UMass Dartmouth
These are agreements with other international universities that bring international students to UMass Dartmouth and open up an equal number of places for UMass Dartmouth students to study at that university. With Exchange programs, the tuition is paid to UMass Dartmouth as usual; food, housing, transportation and other personal expenses are usually paid in the host country.
The Hessen Exchange includes all UMass campuses and 10 universities in Germany. These programs are deeply discounted for all US citizens and green card holders based on scholarships offered by the government of Hessen, Germany.
Third-party Program Providers - usually paid to the provider organization
UMass Dartmouth has agreements with reputable organizations that offer programs all over the world and enable students. Costs vary significantly based on destination country and length of study. Payment to third-party providers can be made directly or you can choose to apply the cost to your university student account and have the Bursar's Office pay the provider.
Students on financial aid packages, can apply much if not all of their aid to study abroad programs. Once accepted to a specific study abroad program, the financial aid recipient student is required to complete the Study Abroad Estimated Expense Form. This form and documentation of the estimated expenses is first submitted to IPO for verification, and then submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Then watch your COIN account for changes and/or adjustments to your Financial Aid record. While additional money is not awarded for study abroad, students frequently qualify for a higher cap on the amount they can borrow at very low student loan interest rates.
Once you receive your financial aid award letter you must contact the Bursars Office and alert them as to how you want your funds disbursed from the University to pay for the international program. Funds will not be released until 10 days after the start of the UMass Dartmouth semester corresponding with the semester you are abroad.
There are two scholarships awarded by the university that all students are eligible to apply for with the UMass Dartmouth Foundation Office in the Foster Administration Building.
Dean Mary Louise Walsh
Michael W. MacFarlane, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Some departments have additional limited scholarship funds for study abroad, especially for programs led by faculty. Discuss your plans with your academic department.
In instances where other resources are not available, it is sometimes possible for a student to receive a no-interest loans of $750 from the UMass Dartmouth Foundation. Talk with that office about your situation.
Many third-party providers offer small scholarships and some offer significant scholarship funding for specific programs and fields of study. Check the provider website and telephone them for specifiics.
The United States federal government offers a number of scholarships primarily for students studying in countries where the US would like to develop greater familiarity and expertise (typically not western Europe or Australia). Particularly for students with well-developed and concrete study abroad goals, these are realistic and substantial funding options. Such scholarships include the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship (for Pell Grant recipients only), Boren Awards for International Study, the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia, and Fulbright awards. The scholarships are highly competitive and students should begin early to prepare a thorough and well-edited submission. Contact the IPO early for dates of information sessions and further information.