Costs & Funding

Program Cost Structures

Study abroad and internship programs offered by the University of Connecticut vary widely in their costs and cost structures. Here is an overview of the cost structures for the various types of programs we offer:

  • Faculty-led programs (programs with “UConn in” in the title, e.g. UConn in Florence, UConn in Granada) charge program fees and NOT UConn tuition.
  • Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students, and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students.
  • Third party programs (programs run through external organizations, e.g. CIEE, GlobaLinks, IES) and direct enrollment programs (e.g. Danish Institute for Study Abroad) charge students directly for the costs of the program, but students are also charged a few fees by UConn to keep them enrolled at the University while they are abroad. Students pay the third party organization directly for the program costs, while the UConn fees appear on their UConn fee bills.
  • If a students petition for a new program, the billing is the same as third party and direct enrollment programs.


Affordable Study Abroad

Studying abroad doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some tips for keeping study abroad affordable, as well as examples of programs that are quite affordable and comparable to a semester/year at UConn!

  • Consider program duration and location. Shorter term seem less expensive, but semester programs often are more value for your money. Costs of living vary country to country. Many larger cities in Western Europe have very high costs of living while cities in Latin America or Africa offer big city experiences with a much lower cost of living. Also consider more non-traditional locations or smaller cities to keep things affordable.
  • Review the different program types and how cost and billing work with them. UConn offers many different kinds of programs. University Exchange programs tend to be fairly affordable depending on location, but students will pay UConn for tuition and some fees, then housing and other costs to the host university. Some 3rd party programs can be quite expensive, and will be billed through the company, not UConn. UConn faculty led programs vary in cost but also include most expenses and are billed directly through UConn.
  • Research funding opportunities. Its never too early to start looking into funding possibilities for your study abroad program. Scholarships like Boren Awards are aimed at particular students – students can choose their program/destination based on possible funding sources available.
  • Compare currency exchange rates. The US Dollar will go further in some countries. Being prepared for how your US currency will translate into local currency can help you better choose a location as well as budget and spend wisely while abroad.
  • Plan a budget based on your lifestyle. Consider tracking your expenses for a month while here at home. This will help you determine how much you should budget for personal expenses while abroad.


Affordable Programs

Actual costs of programs vary based on a variety of factors, and students should research how much a program will cost them using the Cost Estimator Worksheet as well as relevant provider/university websites that will provide more details into approximate cost for these programs.

Exchange Programs
1. Sogang University – Seoul, South Korea: approx. $9,000 in-state/$13,000 out-of-state*
2. University of Wollongong – Australia: approx. $12,500 in-state/$16,500 out-of-state*
3. University of Nottingham, Ningbo – Ningbo, China: approx $8,900 in-state/$12,900 out-of-state*
4. University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong: approx. $8,500 in-state/$12,500 out-of-state*

*Out-of-state students pay the ‘New England rate’ when they go on exchange, not the ‘out-of-state’ rate, making exchange programs very affordable!

Affordable UConn Programs
1. UConn In Cape Town, South Africa (Spring) – $14,030
2. UConn in Granada, Spain (Fall/Spring/Year) – $14,080
3. UConn in Guatemala (Summer) – $6,500 NOTE: all students who commit to go on this program receive a scholarship to participate!
4. UConn in Martinique (Winter) – $3,600

Affordable Third Party Programs
1. AIFS – Buenos Aires, Argentina – approx. $10,900**
2. CIS – Ghana, Africa – approx. $10,000**
3. CIS – Salaya, Thailand – approx. $9,300**
4. CIS – Cusco, Peru – approx. $10,900**
5. Charles University – Prague, Czech Republic – approx. $7,000**
6. Study in Portugal Network – Lisbon, Portugal – approx. $11,000

** Airfare, all meals and other personal expenses may not be included in these estimates. Students should use the cost estimator worksheet to figure out the total cost