Program Costs

Keep these cost factors in mind when researching programs and budgeting for your time abroad.



  • Location: Cost of living in your host country and city (Western Europe, Tokyo, and Sydney are examples of locations with higher cost of living); Bigger city or smaller city (i.e., London is more expensive than Manchester); cost of international flight; cost of transportation within home city (walking, bus, taxi); cost of travel from the host city to other destinations.
  • Duration: The longer the program, the less it costs per day, because you spread the fixed costs over a longer period of time.
  • Type of program: Direct exchanges, “Illinois Abroad” field sites, and faculty-led programs abroad tend to be the most affordable programs.
  • Living options: Some housing options are cheaper than others, depending on the program.
  • Co-curricular activities: Getting involved with activities in your host city is more affordable than traveling with your free time.  It has the added benefit of improving your knowledge of the host culture and strengthening your relationships with locals.

Breaking Down Costs

On each program’s page, locate the box below the program name that is labeled “Budget Sheets.” To the right of this box you will find one or more links for each term the program is offered. The program costs are broken down into “Billable Costs” and “Non-Billable Costs.”

Making Payments

There are several options when it comes to how you and your family can pay your study abroad bills.

Contacts for Questions

Student Financial Aid

Phone: 217-333-0100

Fax: 217-265-5516

Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations
Phone: 217-333-2180

Fax: 217-239-6897

Student Account Collections

Phone: 217-333-5396

Phone: 217-333-5397

Fax: 217-244-0440