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.