The cost for study abroad varies depending on the overseas program selected. Typically study abroad fees include tuition, an administration fee, a program fee (which may include room and board, visa fees, travel excursions, etc.) and estimated out-of-pocket expenses such as airfare, spending money, etc. Once your student has applied and been accepted to a program, they will be responsible for paying the required deposit (amount varies for every program) directly to the program provider. For affiliate programs, the affiliate school bills RIT for the cost of the program (tuition, program fee and affiliate administration fee), minus the deposit paid, and RIT will bill the student’s RIT account directly. Payment is made to RIT just as if the student was taking classes on campus, only the amount will be based on the affiliate charges, not RIT tuition. RIT, in turn, pays the affiliate. Faculty-led, Global Campus and Exchange participants usually pay RIT tuition and may have other applicable fees which are all paid directly through the normal RIT Student Financial Services account.
When students meet with a study abroad advisor to discuss the program they plan to attend, the Education Abroad office will provide them with a budget worksheet for that program. The worksheet will outline all charges such as tuition costs, room and board costs and estimated out-of-pocket expenses.
In most cases, financial aid can be used to help fund a student’s study abroad experience, as long as the student will be taking a full-time credit load. The student will want to make an appointment with his/her financial aid advisor once they receive the budget worksheet. Their financial aid advisor can then determine how much financial aid and/or scholarship can be awarded for the study abroad program.
The Education Abroad office also has a list of third party scholarships and resources available for students to assist with the cost of study abroad. This list can be found at here.
Keep in mind, in addition to tuition and program fees, there may be additional expenses to study abroad. We provide an estimate on the budget worksheets, but you and your student may want to do additional research on items such as flight costs, travel costs within the country, travel costs to other areas they would like to visit while abroad, and the daily living expenses in individual countries, as they will vary greatly.
It is a good idea for students to start planning for study abroad early so that they can begin to consider and plan for the cost of study abroad. The earlier they make the decision to go abroad, the earlier they can start saving money and apply for scholarships.