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Office of International Programs

Summer Study Abroad Policies

For Brown summer programs, many of the traditional policies apply.  However, there are a few key differences:

Code of Conduct

In addition to Brown’s Academic Code, students agree to respect norms, laws and traditions of the host country and are expected to adhere to these guidelines:

  •  use maturity and reasonable judgment in his or her conduct abroad and acknowledge that they are ambassadors of the United States and Brown University;
  • regularly attend and participate fully in both the academic program in which they are enrolled and the cultural component of the program; 
  • read all pre-departure materials and follow the rules, standards and instructions outlined in those materials; and
  • stay until the end of the academic and may not ask for early submission of papers, early presentation of papers or early dates for exams in order to leave the program early. 

Brown reserves the right to remove a student from a program who is compromising participant safety, including his or her own, and/or the academic quality of the experience for other students. 

Credit Transfer

Students who participate in Brown summer study abroad programs will receive Brown credit on their transcripts.  Students should review the registrar policies on how credit transfer applies for summer session. Students may receive up to two Brown credits for summer study each year. 

Students who are participating in non-Brown programs should refer to the credit transfer form for relevant policies and processes. 

Tuition & Costs

Brown summer carries a "course fee" set by the University.  This fee covers the cost of academic program delivery and required excursions.  Additionally, a housing and meal fee is assessed for each program, based on actual expenses incurred on behalf of the student that vary by location and program set-up.  All costs - including what is covered and anticipated out-of -pocket expenses, will be posted on the program pages.

Program Cancellation

Brown reserves the right to cancel a summer study abroad program due to low enrollment. Students should not book airline tickets or make other non-refundable arrangements until explicity instructed to do so. Any costs incurred in such a situation are the sole responsibility of the student.

Withdrawal & Refunds

Program deposits are non-refundable. All credit balances are subject to account review. Please be aware that many students incur additional fees while participating in the program. Therefore, refunds are typically processed 3 weeks after the completion of a program.

Students who withdraw before the program starts will forfeit their program deposit and may incur other withdrawal penalties depending on the withdrawal date. These penalties may include any non-refundable costs incurred by Brown on the student’s behalf.  Following the start of the program, students are not eligible for refunds unless there are extenuating circumstances.  Students who are dismissed from a program due to violation of the code of conduct will not receive a refund. 

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