Study Abroad


Planning Your Finances

Planning a budget and understanding what a study abroad experience may cost you is an important part of the planning process. The information below is designed to give you a basic overview for financial planning. More detailed information can be discussed in your advising appointment.


Understanding Program Fees and Inclusions

Program fees and inclusions can vary by program. Because of this, it’s important to know what’s included with the price when comparing programs. Many times, your program’s fees will be broken down as following:


Application Fee

All students applying to an HPU semester or Global Experience study abroad program must first pay a non-refundable Study Abroad Application Fee in the amount of $500. This is due by the posted application deadline. Students on unaffiliated (non-HPU) programs (including summer programs) will pay an application fee (if requested) to their host university and/or their program provider.


Program Fee (Tuition, Fees, Room & Board)

This is a broad umbrella of fees. The bulk of expenses for your study program will be grouped into this category and for many programs, an itemized breakdown will not be provided.

Items included in this fee category may include:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Student Fees (e.g., activity fees, technology fee, registrar fee, athletic complex fee)
  • Student Services
  • Excursions
  • Cultural Events

HPU semester programs are billed at the HPU all-inclusive cost rate (includes tuition, fees, room, and board) for the term abroad. If room and/or board is not included in the cost of your program, the HPU-equivalent charge(s) will be not be added to your student accounts bill. You can think of this as a credit that you later can use to pay for room and/or board expenses while in your host country. Alternately, if the full-semester cost is more than the HPU all-inclusive cost, a supplement to cover the additional cost will be added to your student accounts bill. Program-specific information is available in the Fees tab of each semester program page.

Program fees for unaffiliated programs are not billed by HPU. A bill to cover these expenses will be provided by the host institution or program provider and all payments will be made directly to them. Keep in mind that financial aid packages may change for an unaffiliated study abroad program. For more information, review the information on the Financial Aid for Study Abroad page, including the Financial Aid Policy on Study Abroad, then contact the Office of Financial Planning.

Program fees for Global Experience study programs vary with each program due to travel costs, length of stay, cost of living, and venue prices. Once established, estimated price ranges are available on Global Experience study program pages.

Program fees for summer programs also are not billed by HPU and vary based on tuition, housing, airfare, etc. Fees are paid directly to the program provider or institution sponsoring the study program. Keep in mind that financial aid options for summer may be limited. For more information, review the information on the Financial Aid for Study Abroad page, including the Financial Aid Policy on Study Abroad, then contact the Office of Financial Planning.


Planning for Additional Expenses

The full costs of your study abroad program will not be covered by the program fee. You also will need to plan for the costs of additional expenses when determining the overall cost of your term abroad. These additional expenses for all study abroad programs may include:

  • Round-trip Airfare *
  • Accommodation Security Deposit **
  • Refundable Program Deposits **
  • Local Transportation *
  • Immigration Visa and/or Residence Permit **
  • Passport
  • International Medical Insurance
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance *
  • Internet Access
  • Textbooks
  • Personal Travel
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, entertainment, souvenirs, gym membership fees)

* usually included with Global Experience Programs

** if applicable


What if I decide to withdraw from a study program?

Circumstances may require a student to withdraw from a study program after paying for part or all of it. Program providers have different refund policies. Be sure to ask about refund policies before you apply.

HPU semester programs require a $500 non-refundable application fee paid at the time of application. The fee is non-refundable unless a qualified student is not accepted into the program by the institution abroad. Students who wish to attend classes at HPU must register during regularly scheduled registration periods and pay applicable late registration fees. On-campus housing options may be limited for students who apply late, and fees may apply.

Global Experience programs require a $500 non-refundable application fee paid at the time of application. This fee is non-refundable and is used to hold the student’s place on the trip. In the event that travel arrangements cannot be modified or cancelled, additional fees (e.g., the cost of airline ticket, hotel accommodations, pre-arranged group meals, activity fees, entrance fees) may apply or be non-refundable.


The Office of Global Education is located in Cottrell Hall, Suite 142. Building #12 on the HPU Campus Map.

Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280

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