What do the program costs include?
- The listed estimated program costs include all transportation, transfers, housing, most food, required sites, lectures and educational field trips. They also include mission component expenses and basic travel insurance through an ISIC (International Student Identity Card).
Does this price include tuition?
- No, it does not. You will pay tuition costs at the current rate. Check out the Student Financial Services page for pricing.
Why do the listed program costs say "estimated"?
- Program costs are estimated one year prior to travel and are based on the costs of the last year's programs, as well as research of future travel costs. Since many things can change in one year, the costs are listed as estimates and will be adjusted after the trip is completely planned. Changes in the estimated fee can be the result of smaller group size, currency rate fluctuation, and increased travel costs.
Does that mean I might have to pay more money?
- It might. However, every effort is made to keep increased costs (if necessary) to a minimum. Students are informed if there are indications that costs might increase. If necessary, activities and sites are removed from the schedule to help keep costs down.
How much do I pay as a deposit?
- If you are accepted, you will pay a $500 non-refundable deposit. This is usually due around the first of December.
Can I make payments towards the program costs or do I have to pay it all at once?
- You will receive a payment schedule that will allow you to spread out payments for the program. These payments are timed to coincide with major program expenditures like the purchase of airline tickets or hotel reservations so it is important that these are paid on time.
Can my scholarships and financial aid apply to program costs?
- Some of your financial aid may apply depending on the source of that aid. You can either talk to your Personal Financial Counselor (PFC) or to Carolyn Allen in the Financial Services office to help in understanding how much of your financial aid package will apply towards the program costs and tuition.
What if something happens and I'm unable to go on a program? Will I get my money back?
- Not necessarily, depending on the date of withdrawal. Since many of the travel costs that are purchased are non-refundable and dropping from the program will affect shared travel costs, withdrawing from the program may have financial consequences.
That could mean a lot of money. Is there any way to avoid those charges?
- Not really. It's just like penalties or fees if you cancel any kind of travel like airline tickets or cruises. The closer it is to trip departure, the more your refund will decrease. It is not fair to other participants for their costs to increase to cover the costs of a withdrawn student.
What if I get sick or there is an emergency and I can't go?
- Unfortunately, that is a risk that is taken with all travel. To help prevent a huge financial loss, you might want to purchase some trip cancellation insurance in advance through a private vendor. That way, you can be reimbursed in case there is an emergency and you are not able to go on the trip. You can search for options on the web.
What other expenses should I expect on my study abroad program?
- You will need to get a passport if you do not already have one. On the trip, you will need to have money for personal items, extra activities and souvenirs. Asian Studies students will have some laundry expenses. European Studies students will have expenses associated with free travel.
How much extra spending money do I need to bring?
- That really depends on your personal spending habits and how much you like to shop. Many students get along great with a very limited budget while abroad. Past students have spent anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 in a semester depending on how many souvenirs they buy.