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 France 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

  • Expect to spend extra on meals and basic expenses during your first couple of weeks in-country as you settle in.
  • The cost of meals, books, local transport and personal items will vary.
  • If you live in a residence, you should plan to do your own grocery shopping and cooking. If you live in a homestay, you will eat breakfast and dinner with your family and will be responsible for the cost of eating lunch out daily.
  • You should budget about $100 per course per semester for books.
  • You should expect to walk and take public transportation (metro, bus and RER (train)) to get to classes daily, and will be responsible for the cost of a public transportation pass. More information on how to obtain a pass will be provided to you during orientation.
  • 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
Local transport
Personal expenses
Vacation expenses
Total Expenses

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