Study Abroad Finances

Academic Year and Semester Study Abroad Costs

Please see below for a visual representation of 2020-21 academic year and semester costs. Find more information below regarding tuition, room and board, the international programs fee and variable abroad costs. 

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Tuition

International Programs tuition is the same as it is on the Malibu campus. Tuition is charged as one flat fee per semester for 12-18 units. The 2020-21 tuition cost per semester is $28,875.

Room and Board

Room and board is the same across all programs, and is equivalent to the cost of a freshman double room with an extra meal plan on the Malibu campus. Room and Board for 2020-21 is $8,715 per semester.

Airfare

Airfare is charged as part of the International Programs fee (see below). The cost for the roundtrip group flight is $500 for Washington, D.C. and $1,220 for all other programs. The roundtrip group flight is optional, and students elect to be part of the group flight or to be exempt from the group flight when signing their International Programs contract. Group flights depart at the beginning of the student's program (September for academic year and fall only programs, or January for spring programs) and return at the end of the student's program (April for academic year and spring only programs, or December for fall programs). IP is not responsible for airfare or accommodations for students during the winter break. For additional information on flight statuses, head to our blog.

International Programs Fee

International Programs Fee

The extra cost for studying abroad during the academic year is known as the International Programs fee. This fee includes the roundtrip group flight from LAX, local orientation costs, special excursions, and the International Study Tour(s) (Washington, D.C.) or Educational Field Trip(s) (all other locations).

If students attend an academic year program and are on the group flight, the IP fee for the second semester they are abroad is discounted by $500 (Washington, D.C.) or $1,220 (all other programs). This is because students are only charged for roundtrip airfare during the first semester they are abroad. Please see the chart below for further information.

Program Location Flight Status 2019-2020 IP fee - first semester abroad2019-2020 IP fee - second semester abroad
 All locations except Washington, D.C.  Group  $3,645 $2,425
 Washington, D.C.  Group  $3,645 $3,145
 All locations except Washington, D.C.  Exempt  $2,425 $2,425
 Washington, D.C.  Exempt $3,145  $3,145

Global Health Fee

All students that study abroad will be enrolled in a global health insurance program through GeoBlue. GeoBlue provides coverage up to $250k per person per year and covers routine, preexisting, and emergency care. For more information, please visit the global health fee section of our health and safety page. The global health fee cost is $270 per semester for our abroad locations. The global health fee is $17 per semester for Washington D.C. to cover students during their 1-week international study tour.

Local Country & Visa Fees for Academic Year and Semester Programs

The following costs are for the 2020-21 Academic Year and can be used as estimates for the 2021-22 Academic Year and Semester-only programs. The following fees are decided mostly by the local government and may change at any time.Visa fees listed are relevant for U.S. passport holders only. Students who need to obtain visas may be required to pay for document processing and/or shipping fees which are not included in the below estimates. These are estimates as of April, 2020.

Program Fee Academic Year Single Semester
Buenos Aires

Visa

$150

$150

Florence

Post Office Fee & Stamp

Emergency Health Insurance

Italian Government Fee

Visa*

€50

€100

€72

$55.40

€50

€50

€72

$55.40

Heidelberg

Visa & Biometric Photo

Health Insurance Fee

€110

€625

€110

€325

Lausanne

City Bed Tax

Residence Permit 

Biometric Card

Swiss Health Insurance

Visa & Visa Clearance

$296

$147

$30

$764

$95

$148

$147

$30

$382

$95

London Visa** £648 N/A
Shanghai

Residence Permit & Health Fee (Fall Only)

Visa***

RMB 1,000

$140

RMB 1,000

$140

Washington, D.C. N/A N/A N/A

All fees converted to USD and charged to student accounts unless notated.

In Buenos Aires, Heidelberg, Florence, and Lausanne, some fees will be paid to local country officials on your behalf.

*Florence: Per the Consulate General of Italy's policy, this fee fluctuates every 3 months. Current fee listed is as of April, 2020. This fee is not put on a student's account.

**London: Only required for academic year students. This fee is not put on a student's account.

***Shanghai: Students may need to pay an additional RMB 1,000 per entry directly to local country officials if they wish to leave China during the program. Residence Permit and Health Check Fees will be sent to students through digital disbursements for students to pay local country officials directly. Visa fee is not put on a student's account.

Additional Estimated Costs

Books and Supplies

$200-$400 per semester

Loan Fees

Contact Financial Aid for additional information.

Spending Money

How much personal spending money students will need depends entirely on personal spending preferences and local costs. Some of the factors to take into consideration are how much the student plans to travel, how much the student normally spends while traveling for meals, lodging, etc., and how many souvenirs the student wants to buy. Former students say on average they spend anywhere between $1,500 - $3,000 per semester.

P.E. or other Course Fees

When you enroll in P.E. course abroad, there will be an extra fee for that class. Other courses such as lab sciences or art courses sometimes charge additional fees. Fees range between approximately $200-$500, depending on the course.

Summer Study Abroad Costs

Tuition

International Programs summer tuition is the same as summer tuition on the Malibu campus. The summer 2021 cost per unit for tuition is $1,810 per unit.

Room and Board

Room and board rate for summer 2021 international programs is $592 per week (DC weekly room and board rate is $569 per week). This includes housing and most meals.

Airfare

Students who apply for a summer program by the regular deadline are eligible to receive a free group flight. The group flight departs from LAX at the beginning of the student's program and returns to LAX at the end of the student's program. If a student withdraws from the program after a flight has been purchased on their behalf, the student will be responsible for the cost of the flight. Similarly, if a student that chose to be on the group flight does not use their outbound ticket, the student will be charged for the roundtrip flight. Please note that some program locations require additional charges (visas, local health fees, etc.). These charges are listed below.

Local Country and Visa Fees for Summer Programs

The following fees are decided mostly by the local government and may change at any time. Refer to this website for updated information. Fees are charged to student accounts except for fees with an asterisk. Visa fees listed are relevant for U.S. passport holders only. Students who need to obtain visas may be required to pay for document processing and/or shipping fees which are not included in the below estimates. These are estimates as of August, 2020.

Program Location & Session Fee Cost
Buenos Aires June or July  Global Health Insurance Fee $78
Florence June or July

Local Emergency Health Insurance

Global Health Insurance Fee

$62

$78

Heidelberg Global Health Insurance Fee $157
Lausanne June or July

City Bed Tax

Swiss Health Insurance 

Global Health Insurance Fee

$73

$112

$78

London June or July Global Health Insurance Fee $78
Shanghai

Visa**

Global Health Insurance Fee

$140

$157

Washington, D.C. N/A N/A
Kenya

Visa

Global Health Insurance Fee

$51

$39

Madrid Global Health Insurance Fee $118
Edinburgh Global Health Insurance Fee $137
Jordan

Visa

Global Health Insurance Fee

$99

$78

**Summer 2021 Shanghai students may need to pay an additional RMB 1,000 per entry directly to local country officials if they wish to leave China during the program. Residence Permit and Health Check Fees for internship students will be sent to students through a digital disbursement for students to pay local country officials directly.

Additional Estimated Costs

Books and Supplies
$200-$400

Personal expenses
How much personal spending money students will need depends entirely on personal spending preferences and local costs. Some of the factors to take into consideration are how much the student plans to travel, how much the student normally spends while traveling for meals, lodging, etc., and how many souvenirs the student wants to buy. Former students say on average they spend anywhere between $200 - $1,000 for summer programs.

Loan Fees
Contact Financial Aid for additional information.

P.E. or other Course Fees
When you enroll in P.E. course abroad, there will be an extra fee for that class. Other courses such as lab sciences or art courses sometimes charge additional fees. Fees range between approximately $200-$500, depending on the course.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Academic Year and Single Semester

If a student is receiving financial aid and scholarships at the Malibu campus, they will almost always receive the same financial aid and scholarships while abroad. Students with departmental, athletic or private scholarships should check with the organization distributing their aid to understand how their award will transfer. Grants and scholarships only apply to tuition, unless otherwise stated by your financial aid advisor.

For information on International Programs scholarships and other study abroad scholarships, click here. The Net Price Calculator on the Financial Aid website is a useful tool for estimating overall academic year or semester costs.

Summer

In the summer, the same percentage of financial aid that a student receives during the academic year usually applies. For example, if a student receives a 20% tuition grant percentage during the academic year, they generally receive a 20% tuition grant percentage during the summer. 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.The Summer Estimator on the Financial Assistance website is a useful tool for estimating overall costs.

Additional Information

For the most accurate financial aid information, go to the Financial Aid website and also talk to your Financial Aid Advisor. The Financial Aid Office is located next to One Stop in the TAC. 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.

Personal Finances Abroad

Credit Cards

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.

ATM Cards

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.

Digital Disbursements

Student are credited money for meals for our campus based programs (with the exception of Florence, as they have a 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 bankingStudent must have a debit/ATM card
  • For more information on managing money abroad, head to our blog.