Program Fee, Policies and Financial Support

Program Fee

The comprehensive fee for the 2014 Language and Culture Program in Kaliningrad is $5,500, which includes cost of instruction, onsite coordination, accommodation, some group meals, local excursions, travel insurance, limited use of cell phone in Russia, airport transport in Russia and round-trip international airfare (JFK-Moscow-Kaliningrad). 

Students should budget for the cost of meals, estimated at $25/day for a total of $1,150, passport and visa application fees, personal expenses (including, but not limited to: additional insurance, gifts, snacks, medical expenses, daily living incidentals, laundry, additional internet usage) and cost of transport between student’s point of departure and the meeting point at the start and end of program (JFK airport, New York City).

Policies

Withdrawal and Refund

Payments

The confirmation deposit of $2,000, which is credited to the program, is nonrefundable and may not be transferred or credited to other Mount Holyoke programs. This fee will only be charged to students who are accepted into the program.

After students are accepted, they are expected to pay the balance ($3,500) of the program fee by April 18, 2014. Students who do not pay by this date may lose their space in the program and forfeit their confirmation deposit.

Withdrawal Refund Procedures

Students who choose to withdraw from the Language and Culture Program must send an email to page@mtholyoke.edu immediately.  Withdrawals are only made in writing directly to Mount Holyoke PAGE.  Refunds will be made according to when the withdrawal request is received. See below.

Withdrawal request received

Refund

Before the program start date (June 25, 2014)

100% refund minus deposit

On or after the program start date (June 25, 2014)

No refund

Program Changes or Cancellation

Courses will be confirmed once minimum enrollment is reached. While it is not our practice to do so, Mount Holyoke Professional and Graduate Education (PAGE) reserves the right to cancel or change the terms of the program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. If Mount Holyoke PAGE cancels a program prior to start date, students are eligible to receive a total refund of the program fee, but PAGE will have no further liability to students.

If Mount Holyoke PAGE cancels a program after the start date, refund procedures shall follow those described in the Withdrawal Refund Procedures section. If an emergency requires that an academic program be canceled after the program start date, Mount Holyoke PAGE will make reasonable efforts to make alternative arrangements to allow students to complete their academic work, but cannot guarantee that full or partial credit will be obtained. Mount Holyoke PAGE will make reasonable efforts to collect documentation of student work and share these documents with the students’ home institutions, so they will be able to evaluate the level of credit awarded for work completed.

Financial Support

All students are strongly encouraged to do some individual research and also check in with their home institutions about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities, as eligibility for assistance is highly dependent on individual circumstances.  Students attending college on Pell Grants should apply for Benjamin Gilman Scholarships, starting in mid January 2014. 

Please note: The information posted here may be subject to change based on costs and dates of available flights. The website is updated as current information becomes available.