Program Costs

Read this page carefully to understand which costs are associated with your study abroad program.


Study Abroad Application Systems Fee

(appears on bill as Abroad App System Fee)

This is a non-refundable fee billed to all students who create an outgoing study abroad application, regardless of the sponsoring unit. You will only be charged one fee per term. The revenue from this fee is used to offset application software costs and services associated with the use and maintenance of that software. The fee is initiated by clicking “Apply Now” on a program page and answering “OK” to a pop-up box in your My Study Abroad account (see example below). The box may appear differently in the various web browsers but the wording is the same. The fee will be charged to your student account within a month of starting the application.

systems fee example


Program Budgets

Each program will have a term specific budget. From the program’s brochure page, locate the section labeled “Budget Sheets.” To the right of this box is a list of terms the program is offered, click on the desired term. On the budget item page, click on the link next to “TERM Unofficial Budget.” These budgets are estimates and intended for planning purposes only. Your Education Abroad Coordinator will upload official budgets into your individual My Study Abroad account following your acceptance to the program and prior to the commitment deadline. We try very hard to minimize increases from term to term but you may observe cost increases that are set by our partners or by your host institution.

All program budgets will be broken down into three sections:

program budget example

Important note: The above image is an example. Official program budgets will vary.

1. Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) Billable Fees

(billed to your student account)

Program fees billed by IAGE:

2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) Billable Fees

(billed to your student account)

Tuition and fees billed by Illinois:

3. Non-Billable Costs

(items not billed to student account)

Items in this section are estimates, they address basic necessities and assumes minimal social expenses. Costs can vary as a result of exchange rate fluctuation, visa types, airfare pricing and how much you choose to spend on food and other personal expenses. This section is here to help you plan for the total cost of the program.

Important note: If there are dollar amounts in Housing, Instructional fees or provider fees, you will have to pay those amounts directly to a vendor, program provider, or host institution. We will not be able to pay this on your behalf. This is especially important to students relying on financial aid. For example, a vendor may require a housing deposit in October but you will not get your financial aid payout until January. Keep this in mind when selecting a program.

Budgetary items for consideration, but will NOT be billed to your account:


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