Preparing Your Budget

It is hard to generalize about the costs of studying abroad. Costs will vary greatly by country and by the type of Education Abroad program you plan to attend. Some programs are all-inclusive, others not.

Find out what is covered in the cost of your program, then use this budget template and checklist to determine what other expenses you will have for your program.

Budget Worksheet

Click on the image below to download a fillable Budget Worksheet to help estimate your expenses and resources.

You may also wish to research living expenses in your host country, and check the currency conversation rates.


Consider which items are included in your program fees, and which ones will be additional expenses.

Program & Travel Costs

  • Tuition Fees
  • Other Program Fees
  • Textbooks
  • Passport & Visas
  • Immunizations/ Medications
  • Transit costs of travelling from your home to the airport (parking, bus, ferry, plane, taxis, overnight hotel)
  • Airfare travel
  • Airport taxis
  • In-country travel related to the program (program-related, free time)
  • Overseas accommodation (student residence/ homestay/etc)?
  • Meals
  • Emergency Medical Insurance / Trip Cancellation Insurance / Insurance for Personal Belongings
  • Other?

Personal Items

  • Toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • Special clothing
  • Souvenirs/GIfts
  • Free time activities
  • Cell phone/data
  • Other?