It’s important to think about all the expenses you are likely to incur while abroad so you and your family can plan ahead. Your program Fees section explains what your program fee does and does not cover, and will provide you with an overall estimate of expected expenses. For example, your airfare to Britain is not included in your program fee. It is important to note that the "Estimate of Additional Expenses" information is provided for planning purposes only, and may vary according to your own personal spending habits.

Items to consider

  • If you are interested in working while in Britain you’ll need a special visa.
  • If you are a non-US citizen you may also have a small registration fee to pay upon arrival.
  • Expect to spend extra on meals and basic expenses during your first couple of weeks in-country as you settle in.
  • Some British universities assess a special course fee for physical sciences, engineering, drama, psychology, music or computer science. This fee can range from $300 - $4,000 and usually this is billed after you have registered for classes overseas. Some art studio courses may also have a supplies fee.
  • If you are living in self-catered accommodation you may have to budget for some household items such as pots, pans, silverware, sheets etc.
  • The cost of meals, books, local transport and personal items will vary. If you are assigned to a university residence hall with a required meal plan, you will be billed for this extra cost about one month after your program begins. Personal expenses include costs for laundry, phone calls, entertainment, gym membership, etc. Unlike at most US colleges and universities, where gym fees are included in general tuition fees, students at British universities pay for gym membership separately, typically £25-50 per month. Check out the FAQ section for tips on phones and our vacation travel considerations.
  • Count up your weeks of study and vacation if any under your program.
  • Make daily and weekly budgets and stick to them.

Sample Budget WorksheetExpenses
Full program fee (including $500 deposit) $              
Orientation expenses
Meals (#program weeks _ x $ _ per wk)
Special Courses Fee
Books/photocopies
Local transport
Personal expenses
Vacation expenses
Airfare
Total Expenses

Resources
Family contribution $              
Your savings
Stafford Loan (deduct 5% for origination fees)
Other financial aid
Other resources
Total Resources