Students will pay the Amizade program fee directly to Amizade according to their payment schedule plus international insurance fee to Ohio State.
Program fees include a service placement, lodging, meals, cultural and recreational activities, and support from Amizade’s local site directors. Programs that take place outside the US include and transportation to and from the local airport. All fees additionally include a contribution to a community partner organization, which typically takes place through infrastructure donations, stipends for speakers, or other general operating donations. Over 80% of fees go directly to program costs. Less than 20% of fees go to administration.
Fees do not include international airfare, passport or visa costs, or immunizations.
IMPORTANT: Ohio State does not make payments to the program provider on behalf of students, nor are funds transferred between the two institutions. Students are responsible for making payment directly to the provider.
The release of STEP funds cannot be changed to accommodate the billing cycle of a particular program provider. Students who rely on STEP funds in order to make payments to the provider should work directly with the provider early on to determine if a portion of their payment may be deferred based upon expected release of university funds. Students may be expected to make payments months prior to the release of STEP funds and should plan accordingly.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.