Making a financial plan now for your study abroad experience will help your student live in the moment while abroad. Encourage them to research expenses; resources, like scholarships and financial aid; and tips on how to save money before going, and once they are abroad.
Our Program Costs
From start to finish, we work hard to offer superior study and intern abroad experiences at the best value for you and your student. The exact program cost is detailed at the program level and can be found on individual program pages. Consider both the program cost and the additional costs below for the most accurate estimate of how much study abroad will cost your family.
Our program fees cover your student’s tuition, housing, and health insurance, in addition to access to an incomparable amount of predeparture support and resources, direct on-site guidance and assistance while they’re abroad, and networking opportunities and reunions with other alumni once they return from abroad.
While program fees cover most of your student’s experience, there are certain costs beyond the fee. It’ll be up to you and your student to consider these additional costs and budget for them. Keep in mind that some of these costs will vary by location and by program. Additional costs may include the following:
Required consular and visa fees
Round-trip airfare (varies with point of departure and carrier)
Textbooks, copyright permission fees, course packets, and other course-related materials
Average cost of meals not included in IES Abroad housing/meals fee by housing type
Rental or purchase of required cell phone and usage
Required FBI Identity Summary Check Fee (paid with application to FBI)
Study Permit Application Fee (paid to consulate)
Immunizations and vaccinations
Optional IES Abroad field trips (not included in program fee)
Personal expenses (does not include personal student travel)
How to Finance Your Student’s Study Abroad Adventure
Consider Current School Funding
Studying abroad can be affordable. The same federal and state aid, institutional scholarships, grants, and loans that finance your student’s education can also contribute to funding their study abroad experience. Be sure to consult the financial aid office at your student’s home institution to learn more about what aid is transferable to study abroad.
Opt For a Payment Plan
For students that are billed directly by IES Abroad and studying abroad for a semester, academic year, or split year, we offer the option of paying in interest-free installments for a one-time fee of $125 for semester students and $250 for academic year and split year students. A down payment of $3,500, plus this one-time fee, is due to the IES Abroad office upon receipt of the statement.
Apply for IES Abroad Scholarships & Aid
We're proud to offer $5 million in need- and merit-based scholarships and financial aid to assist students with study abroad expenses. We encourage you and your student to consider both IES Abroad aid, and aid from outside resources. Many organizations encourage and support underrepresented students in studying abroad, so keep an eye out for scholarships that may be especially suited for your student.
From saving loose change to selling your gently used clothing, there’s plenty of small but impactful ways your student can save for study abroad. We encourage you to discuss these smaller saving options with your student well in advance of studying abroad so that they feel financially secure and supported by the time they head abroad.