Dean College Study Away Program

  • Explore the World

    Internships and Study AbroadConfident, ambitious students, who seek to become true global citizens, are encouraged to experience culture outside of their comfort zone by spending time away through Dean College’s Study Away Program.  The program includes three options to meet a variety of interests and needs:

    1. Dean College courses that include a short, 7-10 day trip abroad or in the U.S.
    2. Study away in the United States for a semester or a year.
    3. Study abroad for a semester or a year.

    Academic Courses With Travel

    Dean College offers one or more academic courses per year that include a 7-10 day trip as part of the course. The professor for the course, together with other faculty and staff, serve as group leaders. The courses are full academic classes, such as History of Theatre, International Business, or the History and Culture of France and Spain, and students earn academic credit and a letter grade for the course. During the course, students then take a trip to the region they have been studying to apply their learning. These courses have an additional course fee that covers transportation and accommodation costs for the trip, as well as many meals. These fees range from $3000-$4000, and are paid as part of the tuition for that given semester. Students and families may apply for educational loans to help offset the cost of these trips. This information is available through Dean’s Student Financial Planning and Services office.  

    Study Away in the United States

    You can have a wonderful study away experience without ever leaving the United States! Dean College provides domestic study away opportunities through The Washington Center and The Disney College Program. 

    The Washington Center: Dean College is formally affiliated with The Washington Center, located in Washington D.C. There are three parts to this 15 credit program: an intensive 32-hour per week internship; the Leadership Forum course; and an academic elective that the student selects. Internships are available in 7 broad areas for students in any major and with nearly any career interests: Arts, Humanities and Education; Business, Economics and Trade; Journalism, Media and Communication; Government and Politics; International Relations and Global Studies; Legal Affairs and Criminal Justice; and Health, Science and the Environment. The only additional cost for students and families for this program is travel to Washington DC. Otherwise, students and families pay Dean College their usual tuition, room and board for this semester which will cover the cost for the program. Any financial aid the student receives, including Dean awards, will still apply. 

    The Disney College Program: Dean College students may participate in The Disney College Program (DCP). As a part of the Disney College Program, participants have the incredible opportunity to complete a 12-credit internship in one of the parks. This truly unique program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest services and effective communication. Not all internships available through the Disney College Program are available for academic credit; students must work with the Study Away Program Director prior to applying to learn which DCP internships are approved for their academic major. The only additional cost for students and families for this program is travel to Florida or California. Otherwise, students and families pay Dean College their usual tuition for this semester which will cover the cost for the program. Any financial aid the student receives, including Dean awards, will still apply.  

    Study Abroad

    Dean College students have lots of options for study abroad for a semester or a year: at Regent’s University London or in many other countries throughout the world through one of our affiliated partners. 

    Regent's University London

    Dean College partners with Regent’s University London to provide a dynamic and exciting study abroad opportunity for our students. Located in the heart of central London in one of the historic royal parks, Regent’s provides a wide variety of courses, including business, management, human resources, marketing, public relations, event management, acting, global theatre, film, TV, digital media production, history, politics, international relations, foreign languages, social sciences, psychology, culture studies, fashion design, fashion marketing, communication design. The student population comes from all over the world, with only 20% from the United Kingdom. Classes are small, and taught by faculty. There is a full array of student services, including advising, clubs and activities, disability support services, tutoring, and counseling. Students may live in an on-campus residence hall. The only additional cost for students and families for this program is travel to London. Otherwise, students and families pay Dean College their usual tuition, room and board for this semester which will cover the cost for the program. Any financial aid the student receives, including Dean awards, will still apply.    

    DanceAbroad Argentina

    The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College partners with DanceAbroad to provide a unique opportunity for our students to study dance (including ballet, jazz, tango, modern dance, and history of tango) and Spanish language in an immersive, cross-cultural setting. Located in a central, historic neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, students earn Dean College credit applicable to their majors in Dance and participate in a number of guided field trips as part of the curriculum. The only additional cost for students and families for this program is travel to Argentina.  Otherwise, students and families pay Dean College their usual tuition, room and board for this semester which will cover the cost for the program.  Any financial aid the student receives, including Dean awards, will still apply. 

    Learn more about the program at www.dean.edu/danceabroad

    Affiliated Partners

    Dean also partners with several study abroad organizations, including AIFS, API, Arcadia University and SIT. These organizations have locations throughout the world, including Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany to Australia and New Zealand. The types of available programs include theme-based programs and major-based programs. Student can immerse themselves in the local culture and live with a family, learning a new language or complete all studies in a foreign language or live the life of a typical college student in a university overseas. Some programs also offer internship opportunities abroad, combined with academic studies. Students will pay program costs directly to these study abroad programs, and Dean will transfer their federal and/or state financial aid to these programs via the federal consortium agreement. Any Dean awards the student receives as part of their typical financial aid package will not apply to these program costs. Each program does offer additional scholarships for which students may apply.  

    Eligibility and Application Process 

    Students must have completed two semesters of college with at least 30 completed credits prior to studying away before they apply for internal approval to participate in the Study Away Program. They must also, have a cumulative GPA of a 3.000 or higher, be in good judicial and financial standing, and be ready for this independent experience. Students must complete their study away experience by the end of their 7th semester (1st semester of their senior year). 

    There is a two-step application process:  

    Step One: students must apply for internal approval to study away – by October 1st if hoping to study away in the subsequent spring semester or by February 15th if hoping to study away for the subsequent summer or fall semester, or full academic year. 

    Step Two:  Only after internal approval is received, students move to Step Two:  completion of the external application to the specific program in which students are interested. External application deadlines vary by program, but are generally in late October/early November for spring programs and late March/April for fall or full academic year programs. 

    Students are strongly advised to start planning early — as soon as their first year at Dean — if interested in studying away. Students work with the Study Away Program Director and their Success and Career advisor through all steps of the process.

    Program opportunities are available in many academic majors around the world through several study away programs:
      Regents University London
       DanceAbroad Argentina
       The Disney College Program
      The Washington Center
      Academic Programs International (API) 
      Arcadia University 
      American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) 
      SIT Study Abroad  

    FOR MORE INFORMATION
    Melissa P. Read 
    Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Study Away Program Director

    mread@dean.edu 
    508-541-1654 

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  • Study Away

    Dean students have spent a semester or a full year in the following places:

    • London, Great Britain
    • Prague, Czech Republic
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Stirling, Scotland
    • Rome, Italy
    • Florence, Italy
    • Sydney, Australia
    • Washington DC
    • Orlando, FL
    • Anaheim, CA
  • Study Abroad Trips

    In the past, Dean College students have traveled to the following locations as part of a Dean College course:

    • 2014: Spain, Morocco, London, Paris, Zurich
    • 2015: Italy and Greece
    • 2016: Germany and Central Europe
    • 2017: France and Spain; London
    • 2018: Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, France
    • 2019:  Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria