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Refund & Withdrawal Policies

Refund Policy

USM faculty-led programs:
The University has the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel the Program or any aspect thereof prior to departure; and, in the University's sole discretion to cancel the Program or any aspect thereof after departure, requiring that all participants return to the United States if the University determines or believes that any person is or will be in danger if the Program or any aspect thereof is continued. If the Program is changed or canceled, the only responsibility of the University is to refund all uncommitted monies and deposits students have paid to the program. If changes in the Program are minor, the University does not have to refund any amount. 

In addition to refunding all uncommitted monies, the Office of Study Abroad will attempt to recover any committed costs possible, and those recoverable costs will be refunded to students. In most circumstances though, committed costs for housing, excursions, and onsite transportation are not recoverable. In situations where a program is suspended after the start date, our first priority is to help students, faculty, and staff return home safely and transition modes of learning when possible. 

Exchange, Affiliate, and Non-affiliate programs: 
If students choose to participate in an exchange program, affiliate, or non-affiliate program, refunds are at the discretion of the host institution or third-party provider.  
 


 
Withdrawal Policy
Upon acceptance, the $300 program deposit is non-refundable except in cases of academic ineligibility, course cancellation, or *special circumstances. In the event you have to withdraw from your program, you will be held to the outlined withdrawal penalties. Penalties are charged based on unrecoverable costs the Office of Study Abroad has spent on your behalf as a part of your acceptance to the program. 

*If your withdrawal is due to circumstances beyond your control, you can submit an appeal for a partial refund of the program deposit. 
 
Withdrawal Penalties
  • - From acceptance into the program to approximately 90 days prior-to-departure, the withdrawal penalty is up to 30% of the program fees.
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  • - Withdrawal from the program at approximately 60 days prior-to-departure, the withdrawal penalty is up to 50% of the program fees + any group flight cancellation costs.  
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  • - Withdrawal from the program at approximately 30 days prior-to-departure, the withdrawal penalty is up to 100% of the program fees + any group flight cancellation costs. 

Note: Specific dates are given within the program application. In order to withdraw from the program, you must submit a written notice to the Office of Study Abroad. Notice can be sent to studyabroad@usm.edu or emailed to the program manager. Due to the possibility of personal unforeseen circumstances, we do encourage students to purchase Cancel for Any Reason Trip insurance. Please see here for suggestions.