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Study abroad programs vary in cost. The price depends on several factors. There are several cost-specific items that you should consider when you are selecting the best education abroad program for you.  

Location: Cost of living in your host country and city (Western Europe, Tokyo, and Sydney are examples of locations with higher cost of living); bigger city or smaller city (London is more expensive than Keele); cost of international flight; cost of transportation within the city where you will be staying (Can you walk or will you be paying for a train or bus ticket?); cost of travel from the host city to other destinations.

Duration: The longer the program, the less it costs per day, because you spread the fixed costs over a longer period of time.

Type of program: Direct exchanges and faculty-led programs abroad tend to be the most affordable programs.

Living options: Some housing options are cheaper than others. Be sure to compare costs and look at what is included in those costs (utitlities, cable, water, laundry facilities).

Co-curricular activities: Getting involved with activities in your host city is more affordable than traveling with your free time.  It has the added benefit of improving your knowledge of the host culture and strengthening your relationships with locals. Look for local museums, parks, festivals, and other activities, rather than traveling every weekend. 

Your own travel plans: Are you planning to do a lot of weekend trips to other countries? Meeting up with other students in nearby countries? Doing specialty trips, such as scuba or sailing, that have additional expenses? Be sure to factor those costs into your budget plan. 

How to Find Program Costs

Find specific cost information for each program by locating your program of interest in our Program Search. Once on the specific program’s page, locate the box below the program name that is labeled “Budget Sheets.” To the right of this box you will find one or more links that correspond to the term or terms during which the program operates. The program costs are broken down into “Billable Costs” and “Non-Billable Costs.”

Program Costs Prior to Departure
Plan to pay some costs before your study abroad program begins. Once you are nominated or accepted into a program, you will be billed a non-refundable advance fee. In addition, some programs require housing or other deposits before the program starts. You will probably also have to purchase airline tickets in advance.

Please note that such costs will need to be covered directly by you. Keep this in mind as you budget for your time abroad.