Study Abroad Costs
Academic Year/Fall/Spring Overview
Tuition in International Programs is exactly the same as it is on the Malibu campus: one flat fee per semester for 12-18 units. The second charge, the International Programs Charge, includes the group flight to and from LAX, room and board, most meals, special excursions, and the educational field trips with the group. Tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is $25,870 per semester for 12-18 units. The International Programs Charge for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is $11,675 per semester, which combines the Room/Board ($8,030) round-trip airfare to and from the program location and the Educational Field Trip ($3,645). If you attend both semesters, the second semester is discounted by $1,220 (DC program discounted by $500), because only one round trip airfare is purchased throughout the year. If you qualify and choose to be exempt from the group flight, the semester IP charge will be less the cost of the round-trip flight. Please note that some program locations require additional charges (visas, local health fees, etc). Please see program descriptions and the Seaver Academic Catalog for further information.
Review our high level program cost sheet for fall and spring programs here.
Please note: Costs for the 2018-2019 year are posted by June, 2018.
Specific Program Costs
Here is a breakdown of the estimated visa costs for each program.
Tuition in summer International Programs is exactly the same as it is on the Malibu campus: $1,625 per unit. The second charge covers room and board and most meals: $542per week. Please see specific program costs and visa costs for summer programs above for additional financial information. Roundtrip airfare for summer programs is paid for by Pepperdine University if a student flies on the group flight out of LAX. If a student withdraws from the program after the flight has been purchased, the student will be responsible for that cost. Please note that some program locations require additional charges (visas, local health fees, etc.). Please see program descriptions and the Seaver Academic Catalog for further information.
We also recommend that you see the Summer School Estimator on the Financial Assistance website.
Grants & Scholarships
Grants and scholarships only apply to tuition, unless otherwise stated by your financial aid advisor. Financial aid normally disburses the first day of your classes abroad if all necessary steps have been taken and all necessary documents have been submitted. For scholarship information click here. For the most accurate financial aid information, go to the Financial Aid website and also talk to your financial aid advisor. For summer program applicants, 6 units are required to use federal aid and there is a summer estimator available on their site to help you calculate your financial aid.
How much personal spending money you will need depends entirely on personal spending preferences and local costs. Some of the factors to take into consideration are how much you think you'll be traveling, how much you normally spend while traveling for meals, lodging, etc., and how many souvenirs you think you want to buy. Former students say on average they spend anywhere between $1,500 - $3,000 per semester.
When you enroll in P.E. course abroad, there will be an extra fee for that class. Fees range between approximately $200-$500, depending on the course.
Major American credit cards are widely accepted (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express in order of preference). However, note that most places charge an additional fee for the use of a credit card. Purchases made with credit cards are billed in the local currency and the credit card company converts the amount to dollars. Since most credit card companies are major financial institutions, they receive the bank conversion rate, which is far better than may be obtained by converting travelers' checks or cash. Many money exchanges in Europe allow the use of a Visa or MasterCard to obtain cash for an often steep fee. Although American Express is not as widely accepted for purchases as Visa and MasterCard, an American Express card offers unique advantages. With offices located in all major cities, American Express will quickly replace lost or stolen cards. American Express will also cash personal checks for American Express cardholders, provided the arrangement has been made prior to departure from the United States.
Obtaining cash from automated teller machines with ATM cards is probably the most convenient option for obtaining cash in major cities. Cards marked "Plus," "Cirrus," and a red star symbol are widely accepted, although not all ATMs accept all cards. European ATMs only accept four-digit pin numbers, so before departure, be sure to check with your bank to determine whether or not your current ATM card has an international PIN. Also, be aware that banks charge fees for ATM transactions, and sometimes fees are charged both by the bank that provides the ATM card and the bank that operates the automated teller in Europe.
Want to budget/spend properly abroad?
Here is a great video produced by the Pepperdine Office for Financial Literacy on study abroad costs and how to afford the experience.
Student are credited money for meals (with the exception of Florence, as they have a personal chef in the Florence Villa) a specific debit account of their choosing; we utilize Chase bank to achieve these transactions. This will be explained to students in-depth if they are accepted into a program; all students will need is the routing number and bank account number of their personal checking/debit account.
- Students must have a U.S. based debit bank account in order to receive their meal money
- Students must have access to online banking
- Student must have a debit/ATM card