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 Greece 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

  • Residence permit: If your program in Greece will exceed three months, you will need to apply for a residence permit (link to residence permit under visa) in Greece before the first three months are over. This costs approximately €150.
  • Expect to spend extra on meals and basic expenses during your first couple of weeks in-country as you settle in.
  • Allow about $80-$100 per week in Athens for meals. Estimate a bit more if you like to eat out frequently.
  • Local transportation: You should budget $250-$300 per semester for bus, rail, or ferry transportation around Greece, and for occasional taxi fare in Athens (which is quite inexpensive). Transportation during program field trips is fully covered.
  • 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