Cost is an important factor to consider when choosing an international experience. Not only should you understand the costs of your program (please visit the sections below regarding tuition, housing, and meal costs of DU Partner Programs, unaffiliated programs (AUPs/UPPs), etc.), but you should also anticipate the other costs that will be associated with your travel. It is important that you understand all of the items and services that will and will not be included in your program.
This section of the website is devoted to explaining the different factors that will affect the total cost to study abroad, such as:
- the program's affiliation with DU
- CGS eligibility
- duration of the program
- student's status as an undergraduate or graduate.
Studying abroad doesn't have to be more expensive than staying at DU. If you plan ahead, few locations are out of reach, even with a limited budget. You need to be realistic about how cost-of-living varies around the world, but that can work in your favor. Sometimes, it's even possible to save money by studying abroad!
In the spirit of the commitment of the Cherrington Global Scholars (CGS) initiative, it is our hope that financial constraints never be the sole reason that a student is not able to study abroad. If you are aware that finances will be a challenge for you, let your OIE advisor know these concerns early on in the advising process and we will do our best to find a program that fits your budget.
DU Partner Programs
If you participate for a single quarter or semester DU Partner Program, your DU student bill will include:
(For current DU fees, please see the Bursar's website.)
- DU tuition
- DU housing*
- DU meals*
- DU technology fee (charged per quarter if semester crosses over two DU quarters)
- Study Abroad Application fee**
- DU Partner Program Supplement (if applicable)**
* If a DU Partner Program does not include meals, you will not be charged for DU meals. In the case a program does not include housing, you will not be charged for DU housing.
** If a student qualifies to be a Cherrington Global Scholar, the application and supplement for cost differential are covered as part of the student's CGS benefits.
Generally, all DU institutional aid, along with federal or state financial aid other than work-study, will apply to the cost of a DU Partner Program.
Students will be billed according to the DU billing cycle; therefore, fall quarter invoices will be sent to the student’s billing address in early August. Please note that some study abroad programs will have begun before DU issues its invoices.
Students who study abroad for a full academic year will be charged for a full academic year at DU (i.e., three quarters).
For complete information, please view the Study Abroad Policies.
Unaffiliated Programs (AUP/UPP)
Students who receive approval for an AUP/UPP will pay the program directly for the costs of the chosen program. DU institutional aid will not apply to AUPs/UPPs, but federal and state aid may apply. These students will be charged the DU Study Abroad Administrative fee of $150 per quarter and the DU technology fee on the DU billing cycle.
Summer programs other than faculty-led programs (even if the site is a DU Partner Program) are considered unaffiliated programs and are therefore subject to a $150 Study Abroad Administrative fee and the DU technology fee.