Dates & Fees

Important Program Dates

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 15
  • Spring semester: November 1

Program Dates

  • Fall Semester: Late August through early January
  • Spring Semester: Late February through mid July

Fees & What’s Included

Policies regarding financial aid and additional study abroad fees vary by campus, so we recommend that you get in touch with your study abroad advisor or financial aid office to determine your school’s financial aid policies for study abroad.

What’s Included:

BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Educational excursions
  • On-site resident director assistance
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Personal advising
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training (where applicable)
  • Academic transcript

Comprehensive Fees

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below,  they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.

Fall 2017/Spring 2018* Terms Academic Year
Tuition & fees $12,079 Tuition & fees $22,650
Housing $2,994 Housing $5,989
TOTAL $15,073 TOTAL $28,638

 *Spring 2018 fees are subject to change. 

Other costs not covered by the BCA fee above, for which you should budget include (which are approximate and subject to change):

  • Application fee: $50
  • Domestic and international airfare to the program: approximately $1,100-1,500 from the East Coast
  • Visa: varies depending on consulate, but is generally $50 for US citizens, $30 for non-US citizens
  • US Passport: $110
  • Textbooks: $20  (only if student is taking courses outside of the School of Chinese Studies)
  • Additional lab and course fees not included in standard host institution tuition
  • Estimated personal expenses: $100 – 200/month (varies depending on student’s personal spending habits)
  • Local transportation
  • Meal expenses: approximately $900

*All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses

Confirmation Deposit

Upon acceptance into a BCA program, you will be billed a $250 confirmation fee through the online system for accepted students. This fee is non-refundable and reserves your place in the program.


BCA offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

The Institute of International Education has re-launched the Freeman Awards for study in Asia. Through the generosity of the Freeman Foundation, students interested in our Dalian program now have the opportunity to apply for one of these financial awards!  Approximately 400 students over the next two academic years will be awarded a Freeman-ASIA award, ranging from $5,000 per semester to $7,000 for a full year abroad in Asia.  Determine your eligibility and apply hereThe application opens February 1, 2016 and the deadline is April 1, 2016.  BCA students can use their award money towards the cost of their airfare, living and local transportation costs, books, etc.  Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to help make your dream of studying in China with BCA a reality!

Financing Study Abroad

Policies regarding financial aid and additional study abroad fees vary by campus, so we recommend that you contact your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to determine your school’s policies.

At some schools, the federal grants and loans that you receive to study at your home campus can be applied to study abroad with BCA. Many U.S. colleges and universities will also allow you to use school-awarded scholarships in addition to federal grants. In those cases, it may mean that the cost to study abroad is about the same cost that you pay your home college or university in tuition, room and board. Again, you’ll want to check with your school’s financial aid office to confirm your study abroad expenses.

If your college’s financial aid officer has questions or need assistance, we’d be happy to help!  BCA works closely with more than 100 colleges and universities, so we may already know your school’s financial procedure. Please feel free to address financial questions to BCA’s Chief Financial Officer at or 717-361-6602.

Fees billed to students directly are due prior to departure. If you must defer payment until financial aid disbursement, please contact You can pay by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please send all payments to:

BCA Study Abroad
50 Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

BCA charges an administrative fee of $20 for any returned check. We will not release your academic transcripts until all fees (including any additional charges for damages or obligations to the overseas university) are paid in full.