The total cost of a study abroad program will depend on many factors, including your destination country, the type and length of your program, and what is included in the program cost.
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. See also the bottom right hand corner of the program brochure for the specific program you are investigating.
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.
Short Term Programs
Costs of short term programs vary greatly depending on length of program, location, academic credit offered, and what is included in the program. Refer to the specific program information available on OEA's website for cost information for individual short term programs.
Other Factors to Consider
- Destination: Talk with student Ambassadors, your Faculty Director or OEA staff about the locations you are considering. On-site costs (food, recreation, etc.) and the upfront costs of getting to that destination (airfare) can vary greatly. For example, airfare to London is less expensive that airfare to China, but overall costs on the China program are considerably less expensive than the London program.
- Exchange rate: Remember that currency exchange rates fluctuate constantly. Visit an online currency converter to stay abreast of the latest rates.
- Program duration/timing: While short-term programs may be less expensive, you may find that there are more resources available to you for semester- or year-long study. Though the sticker price for a semester abroad may be more, the per-day cost can be much less as costs like your plane ticket do not change greatly according to the length of time you are abroad. Practice economies of scale and gain a longer immersion time!
- External/Consortium Programs: Charges for study abroad programs not affiliated with CSB/SJU charge will vary. It is up to the student to determine tuition, fees, room and board and other expenses for non-CSB/SJU programs. It is important to know what is included and what is not. Don't just focus on the sticker price. Note that students on external programs will not pay on-campus tuition, room and board.