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 Italy 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.
  • You will primarily be cooking for yourself in your apartments in Italy. If you shop at the local markets and supermarkets, a budget of about $10 a day should keep you well-nourished. You will need to budget more if you plan on eating out a lot as a basic meal in a pizzeria or trattoria will run you at least $12-15.
  • Students registered at Italian universities (Rome, Perugia) may also have the option of purchasing inexpensive meals at the university cafeteria or "mensa".
  • You should budget at least $40-50 per class for required books and supplies. Classes that require standard US textbooks may cost two to two and a half times as much.  Check your online syllabi for required texts.
  • You may want to order textbooks in advance online from UK suppliers for delivery to the Rome office. Language texts are purchased on site. A limited number of used books may be available from the program at discount.
  • If you will be taking studio art classes, you should budget about $150 for art supplies and materials per course.
  • Local transportation: Florence and Perugia are easily navigated on foot. Bicycles are also a popular option in Florence and you might consider buying a used one or renting one after arrival. Many students in Rome buy monthly passes (called a "tessera" or "abbonamento") for, and optionally elsewhere. A monthly bus pass will cost you about $40 or individual tickets can be purchased for about $1.35.
  • If you are living in self-catered accommodation you may have to budget for some household items such as pots, pans, silverware, sheets etc.
  • Weekly costs for postage, laundry, local phone calls and other miscellaneous expenses can run $30-40 a week. Entertainment can add another $30-40 a week.
  • Vacation expenses can really add up, depending on how far you go and how much time you take. If you plan to travel, you'll have to budget for housing, meals and transportation and other personal expenses while you're on the road.
  • 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