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Study Abroad

Finances

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 Technology Fee
  • DU Housing Fee*
  • DU Meal Plan*
  • DU Partner Program Supplement (if applicable)**
  • DU Student Health Insurance Plan (unless you opt out)

* 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 DUPP Supplement fee is covered as part of the student's CGS benefits.

Financial Aid: 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. See more details in Financial Aid.

Academic Year Abroad: 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 Finances section of the DU Study Abroad Handbook and the DU 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. If you participate for a single quarter or semester unaffiliated program, your DU student bill will include:
(For current DU fees, please see the  Bursar's website .)

  • DU Technology Fee
  • DU Study Abroad Administrative Fee
  • DU Student Health Insurance Plan (unless you opt out)
  • Tuition for Required Study Abroad Course(s): Unaffiliated students who go abroad during the academic year are required to take the online course INTZ 2502: Being a Global Citizen: Maximizing Study Abroad while abroad; these students are required to pay for the one credit of associated DU tuition while abroad. 

Financial Aid: DU institutional aid will not apply to AUPs/UPPs, but federal and state aid may apply. See more details in  Financial Aid.

Summer Abroad: 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.

Program fees paid directly to program: Students who receive approval for an unaffiliated program will pay the program directly for the costs of their chosen program. Make sure to check the cost of the program and understand what is included (i.e. housing, meals, etc.)

For complete information, please view the Finances section of the DU Study Abroad Handbook and the DU Study Abroad Policies.

Billing Schedule

All billing for University of Denver fees follows the DU billing calendar, as if students were on campus the term they are abroad, regardless of the dates of their overseas program. (For example, fall quarter invoices will be issued in early August.) Please note that some study abroad programs will have begun before DU issues its invoices.

Unaffiliated Program Fees: See above regarding DU billing schedule. Students’ unaffiliated program costs (tuition and program fees) will follow the schedule set by their program.  Students are responsible for adhering to all procedures and deadlines as set forth by the unaffiliated program.