Financing Study Abroad

Study abroad is a significant financial undertaking. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University strive to keep the cost of studying abroad as close to that of a semester on-campus as possible, but it is important to plan for this important endeavor. With increasing fuel costs and the declining value of the dollar, this has become more important in recent years.

When participating on a CSB/SJU sponsored program, study abroad students will pay the same tuition and fees as on-campus students. In addition, an Education Abroad Program fee is assessed which covers the cost of housing, administration, excursions, on-site transportation and other program activities. Food is included on some programs. (See the Financing Your Study Abroad brochure for more details.) It is important to not only consider the cost of tuition, room and board, but also the additional costs of travel, personal spending, sightseeing and souvenirs. International airfare is not included in the charges paid to CSB/SJU.

Students should plan early for their study abroad experience. Financial aid and scholarships may be available to help with the costs, but must be searched out well in advance.

Creating A Plan of Action
  • Determine which programs fit with your academic, professional and personal goals and aspirations.
  • Meet with your faculty/academic advisor to discuss these options and how they fit into your four year plan.
  • Prepare an estimated budget for the programs you are interested in.
  • Discuss options for funding with the Financial Aid Office and the Office for Education Abroad Staff.
  • Apply for scholarships and other forms of funding if applicable.