Financing Study Abroad

Stanford is committed to providing all undergraduates the opportunity to study abroad with BOSP, regardless of financial circumstances.

Quick Facts

  • Apart from airfare and personal travel expenses, the basic cost of studying with BOSP is close to the cost of remaining on campus.
  • Tuition remains the same.
  • Instead of on-campus room and board, students are charged an Overseas Fee, equivalent to mid-level housing and a 19-meal plan, which covers lodging, meals, and program activities.
  • Transportation and personal expenses will vary for each student.
  • Specific information about typical expenses will be available in the orientation materials distributed the quarter prior to departure.
  • Student Advisors and other recently returned students are good sources of information for developing a personal budget.
  • Since participants of BOSP remain registered at Stanford, financial aid continues uninterrupted. The Financial Aid Office automatically adjusts aid packages in accordance with differences in travel and personal expenses while abroad, and with consideration for a student’s inability to work while out of the country. Please consult the Financial Aid Office website for more details.
  • A separate program cost applies for the participants in the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. See below for more details.

Cost Breakdown – Quarter Length Programs

Approximate Costs per Quarter
Overseas 2015-16* (including 10 week Summer quarter)
  Approximate Costs per Quarter
On-Campus 2015-16
Tuition $15,243 Tuition $15,243
Overseas Fee (includes room & board) $4,702 Housing $2,782
    Meal Plan $1,920
Books & Supplies $475 Books & Supplies $475
Travel Costs (average) $1,100 ASSU Fees $150
    Health Service Fee $197
TOTAL: $21,520 TOTAL: $20,767

* A separate fee applies for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

KCJS Approximate Costs, 2015-16

This is a consortium program administered by Columbia University. The Program Fee covers housing, some meals, program activities and trips and student services. For students in homestays, the Program Fee covers three meals every day: breakfast and dinner with the homestay family, and a daily lunch allowance. Those living in apartments will receive the same daily lunch allowance, but must provide for their own breakfasts and dinners. The estimated miscellaneous include medical costs, social activities, personal travels and incidental expenses. The actual spending will depend on individual student’s life style and own spending habits. The estimates below are from the KCJS program and are not Stanford estimates.

Expenses Fall Semester (14 Weeks) Spring Semester (14 Weeks)
Tuition $15,243 $30,486
Program Fee $5,500 $5,500
Travel Costs (Average) $1,500 $1,500
Estimated Meals $200 – $600 per month $200 – $600 per month
Estimated Local Transport $150 per month $150 per month
Estimated Miscellaneous $600 per month $600 per month
Visa Fees Varies by citizenship and the service utilized Varies by citizenship and the service utilized
Estimated Books Varies Varies

Financial Resources

  • Student Jobs: Regulations governing a student’s ability to work vary from country to country. In many cases it is not possible. You may consult the staff at each location for specific information.
  • Emergency Loans: While abroad with Stanford, you may request an emergency loan for unexpected medical bills, delayed checks, or other unforeseen financial need. These are handled directly through the specific program and must be repaid before returning to Stanford.
  • Research Grants: The Undergraduate Advising and Research office offers several programs available to participants of Stanford Overseas Studies Programs. Find out more on the program location pages.
  • Other Resources: Some funding may be available from outside sources. The Overseas Resource Center, located in Bechtel International Center, is a good source of information on such opportunities. It should be noted, however, that the Financial Aid Office will recalculate award packages to offset external funding.