Program Cost

The total fee ($3600) for the program covers course tuition and all program costs: course materials, campus housing, meals and snacks, and all program activities, including transportation and lodging on field trips.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive one course credit at HWS, which is equivalent to 4 semester or credit hours at other institutions.

Spending money and transportation to and from the Institute are not included. If you are accepted, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required within three weeks to reserve a space in the Institute. The tuition balance is due by June 15th. ESSYI tuition deposits and payments may be paid by check, bank transfer, international wire transfer or by credit cards.

Online Payment

A direct link to the online payment system is here: NetPay Gateway.

Online payments can be made by using your "9 Digit Enrollment ID." To request your Enrollment ID, please send an email to More information regarding payment options is available here: Payment Options Information (PDF).

Please note that ESSYI works very hard to keep the cost of our program as low as possible. We essentially operate as a non-profit enterprise, attempting to balance our budget each year. Consequently, because we are charged on a percentage basis for processing credit cards (4%) we encourage our students to pay their tuition balance with a check, money order, or bank transfer.

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College Credit

You will be awarded college credit (1 HWS credit = 4 semester hours or 4 credit hours) by Hobart and William Smith Colleges for successful completion of the Institute. At the end of the program, you will receive a credit report and a certificate of completion. You can request an official transcript from the Registrar of the Colleges if you decide to transfer credit to another undergraduate institution. Please note that each college and university has its own policies on the transferring of credit. (see bottom of page – Transcripts)