Nicole catches a jellyfish whilst scuba diving near Tortuga Island, during an excursion that was part of an intensive Spanish language program in Costa Rica.

Study abroad is often more affordable than people think. There are many ways for students to raise the money, including financial aid, scholarships, fundraising and sponsorship. Please explore this section for funding opportunities and budgeting advice.

The cost of a study abroad program depends on many factors. Be sure to consider costs beyond the program fees, such as tuition, passport, visa, airfare, immunizations, local transportation, meals, books, insurance, and spending money. In addition to financial aid and scholarships, it is important to set aside some of your own money towards the costs of a program, and the sooner you start saving the better.

How much should I budget?

It is difficult to make recommendations, but assume it will be no less than what you would spend on a domestic vacation. The items included in your program fee will vary. Know how much money you will require beyond what is paid for by the program fee. The amount you will need will depend on both your lifestyle and local costs. Be sure to have an emergency fund set aside. Your best resource is talking to other students who have been on similar programs and factoring in your personal spending habits.  

When creating a budget, consider-

  • what is already included in the program fee

  • tuition (per class)

  • passport

  • length of stay

  • cost of living and exchange rates

  • independent travel and entertainment

  • souvenirs and gifts