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 your financial planning purposes. 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 follows:
All students applying to study abroad pay a non-refundable Study Abroad Application Fee. For semester study abroad, the fee is $500. For summer study abroad, the fee is $250. For Global Experience and Maymester study abroad, the fee is $200. This is due by the posted application deadline. Students on unaffiliated (non-HPU) programs (including summer programs) may be required also to pay an application fee 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:
- Student Fees (e.g., activity fees, technology fee, registrar fee, athletic complex fee)
- Student Services
- Cultural Events
HPU semester programs are billed at the HPU rate for tuition and fees. Most students will pay their room and board expenses abroad, although a few programs have room and/or board rates negotiated in our contract, and, therefore, students will pay these fees to HPU, not abroad. 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 on each program brochure in ViaTRM.
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 Faculty-Led Study Abroad 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 each program brochure in ViaTRM.
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 **
- International Medical Insurance ***
- Trip Cancellation Insurance
- Internet Access
- Personal Travel
- Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, entertainment, souvenirs, gym membership fees)
* usually included with Global Experience & Maymester Programs
** if applicable
*** included for students studying at HPU semester study abroad partnering institutions and on HPU Global Experience & Maymester programs. The HPU Health and Safety Fee will be billed automatically to the student account upon acceptance into the program.
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 student is not nominated to their program by HPU. 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 and Maymester programs require a $200 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 program. 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.