Dickinson College offers two different scholarship programs that give students of the University of Bremen the opportunity to study and also to work on an American campus. Students from all programs and departments at Bremen University are eligible to apply. Each year, three students receive a full scholarship for the academic year (i.e. 2 semesters, August – May) at Dickinson College, meaning that the tuition of > 58.000 $ will be waved. These students study and work part-time as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Program Assistant (PEX). The spring semester scholarship, on the other hand, allows students of the University of Bremen to study at Dickinson for the spring semester without paying the tution of > 29.000 $ (January – May).
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The full-year scholarship for the three “Oversea Student Assistants” (OSAs) is divided into two Teaching Assistant positions and one Program Assistant position. In addition to a normal course load (3 or 4 courses per semester), the TAs assist in the German Department by teaching in the lower level German classes and helping with other tasks. The Program Assistant, however, has fewer tasks, mainly logistic and administrative support for the program. All three OSAs are expected to be active in the German Club and participate in other German-related activities and events.
In return, the program waives both the tuition fees and the costs for room and board for the two TAs. This includes a private room, food (three full meals per day, all-you-can-eat), and unlimited access to all student clubs and organizations. The Teaching Assistants are also compensated for their work in the German Department, and Dickinson covers the costs of their health insurance. The Program Assistant is not compensated and is responsible for the cost of the health insurance provided by Dickinson (a one-time payment of about 2.500 $) as well as partial costs for room and board which varies on a yearly basis (approx. about 5.500 $). Program Assistants are encouraged to apply for further scholarships (e.g. DAAD, PROMOS, Heidsieck-Stipendium, Fulbright / Fulbright Germany’s Instagram page) as well as “Auslands-BAföG” to assist with those additional costs.
Dickinson College offers an alternative opportunity for Uni Bremen students and waives the tuition fees for classes from the end of January to the middle of May with the spring semester scholarship. However, the students are not expected to work during their stay, and are expected to cover the cost of their living expenses. These fees are approximately 10.000 $ and include a shared room, food (three full meals per day, all-you-can-eat), American health insurance, and student activity fees. Spring Semester students are highly encouraged to apply for further scholarships (e.g. DAAD, PROMOS, Heidsieck-Stipendium, Fulbright / Fulbright Germany’s Instagram page) as well as “Auslands-BAföG” to assist with those costs. The number of spring semester scholarships awarded each year depends upon the available number of student openings, but has usually been up to three students.