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Know Before You Go: How Much Does Study Abroad Cost?

We understand that study abroad is a large financial commitment, and understanding the full extent of that commitment is an important part of the decision-making and planning process. With that in mind, we’ve taken the total cost of a typical study abroad program and broken it down into four main categories:

Good news! Tuition is the same wherever you study, whether in NYC or abroad. For example, undergraduates who choose a semester program will pay the usual “block” tuition rate for 12-18 credits, while graduate students and undergraduates choosing short-term programs will typically pay by the credit—just as you would in New York. For detailed information, visit the Bursar's tuition page.

Program Fee
The program fee includes any travel that takes place as part of your program (e.g., inter-country flights for Discover the World programs, weekend and semester excursions for the Discover Italy and Discover France programs), accommodation, some meals (the number varies by program), any included excursions or activities, and comprehensive international health insurance. Fees vary by program length, amount of included travel, location, and local exchange rates, for example. For detailed information on your program, visit the Programs section of our website.

Visa and Immigration Paperwork Fee
All non-EU citizens may be required to obtain a visa for semester-long programs. Please refer to our Apply for a Visa page for specific program 

Students are responsible for airfare to and from the program’s destination. Whatever program you choose, be sure to check with us—on your program’s Accepted Students page or by contacting us directly—before booking your flight. Note: Because students on the Discover the World: Europe program cannot choose their "rotation" (i.e., the order in which they visit each city) and flight costs may vary, we offer a subsidized airfare for enrolled St. John's students to keep costs consistent. We'll communicate the details directly with accepted students by email. 

Because incidental costs vary widely from student to student based on needs and budget, predicting how much money you'll spend during your time abroad can be challenging. As a general rule, we encourage students to plan for roughly $1,000 per month of stay for longer programs, and more for short-term programs—after all, many students buy the same number of souvenirs no matter how long they spend abroad! For a student’s perspective, be sure to visit the money section of our student Guide.

Total Cost
When you add these costs together, you’ve arrived at the total cost of study abroad. But we strongly encourage you to discuss your personal financial situation with our “main” contacts at the Office of Student Financial Services: Kayon McKenzie on the Queens campus or Nemaris Rodriguez on the Staten Island campus. They can discuss your specific case—including any additional aid you’ll receive from St. John’s—and walk you through external scholarship options that may be available to you. And, as always, if you have any questions about costs associated with study abroad, or any other aspect of our programs, please contact our office.