Off-Campus Study & Exchanges
Policies and Procedures
- Students studying abroad, through the Skidmore-Spelman Exchange program, Washington
Semester program or the Semester in Environmental Science (Woods Hole) program will
be charged the Skidmore comprehensive fee for their semester or year off campus. (Note:
Skidmore's comprehensive fee will differ from the fees of the program providers.)
This fee is equal to Skidmore tuition, room at the on campus apartment rate, board
if applicable, and mandatory college fees. Students are required to use program arranged room and board where available. Additionally, if provided a housing option, students are required to select a homestay.
Students desiring an alternative to program housing or a homestay should consult with
an OCSE Program Manager. If the program does not include room and/or board, or only
partial board, the comprehensive fee will be adjusted accordingly. Students are responsible
for paying any refundable deposits and non-included fees directly on-site or to the
- All off-campus study participants will be billed by Skidmore’s Bursar for the Skidmore
- Students studying on an Approved Program should be aware that their program provider's
mandatory course enrollment and maximum credit load for the semester may differ from
Skidmore's 15 semester credit requirement. Should a student opt to add an additional
credit-bearing course(s) that is not included in the provider's mandatory courseload,
he/she will be responsible for paying any supplemental fees for said course directly
to the provider. Additionally, if a student elects to enroll in courses during his/her
off-campus program that have not been approved for academic credit and therefore are
not transferable to Skidmore, he/she will be responsible for payment of said course
fees. Occasionally, students must enroll in additional coursework in order to stay
on track for graduation. If the program provider considers these additional courses
to be an overload, the student should consult with OCSE regarding this policy.
- Students studying on a Skidmore Program will be subject to the college's policy on
overloads. (Please refer to the Bursar's webpage.)
- All students studying on an off-campus program will submit a $500.00 non-refundable
confirmation fee two weeks after receiving approval from the Committee on Academic
Standing (CAS) to study off campus; $400 of the deposit will be credited to your Skidmore
College account and the remaining $100 constitutes a processing fee. Students studying
on an Approved Program are responsible for paying any refundable deposits, most commonly
a housing deposit, directly to the program provider.
- Skidmore will handle payments to the program providers on behalf of students. However
some providers will submit invoices directly to students via mail, email or their
proprietary online system. Students that receive invoices for expenses which are covered under Skidmore’s comprehensive
fee must submit them to OCSE for payment. Do not disregard invoices that you receive, doing so may jeopardize your enrollment
in the program. Additionally, failure to submit the invoices in a timely fashion
to OCSE may lead some providers to impose late fees which will be the students’ responsibility.
- For Skidmore and Approved Programs abroad, as well as the Skidmore-Spelman Exchange,
Washington Semester and Semester in Environmental Science programs, Skidmore will
cover tuition and mandatory academic fees, room (double occupancy), board if applicable,
mandatory medical insurance, and any other mandatory program fees. Students are responsible
for airfare, on site transportation if not included in the provider’s program fee,
books, accommodation upgrades, board where applicable, voluntary field trips and excursions,
refundable deposits, and personal expenses. Students are also responsible for their
housing and board when participating in programs that do not include those items.
The Skidmore Comprehensive fee will be adjusted accordingly in these cases.
- Students may use financial aid on all Skidmore and International and Domestic Approved Programs. Students receiving financial aid should speak with a Financial Aid representative to review possible aid changes based on increased expenses.