Students studying abroad will be charged standard Syracuse University semester tuition plus a program fee. All undergraduate Syracuse Abroad participants are expected to maintain full-time status (12-19 credits per semester) while studying abroad. Syracuse University students enrolled in the University Honors Program may be granted an overload privilege, and may register for more than 19 credits at no extra charge with the permission of the Honors Program. Students who have earned an undergraduate degree will be charged the per-credit graduate tuition fee and will not earn graduate credits when enrolled in undergraduate courses.
Each Syracuse Abroad center program has a unique program fee. In general, the program fee covers costs for orientation overseas, required Signature Seminar travel and lodging, cultural activities, housing or a housing allowance, some meals, the International Student ID Card, and general field trips that are open to all students. The program fee also fortifies the broad support system we have in place for our students: program improvement and development, post-acceptance materials, pre-departure guidance, and advising for all students. Please see the country-specific links below for more information:
Students on center-based programs enrolling in courses at local universities may pay an increased program fee due to calendar differences between the Syracuse Abroad center and the foreign university.
World Partner program fees vary by country and host institution.
Most students wishing to study abroad will need a student visa. A visa is official permission by a foreign government to visit that country for a specified purpose and a limited time. The visa is stamped onto one of the pages of your passport and generally is not a separate document. Applying for a visa incurs an upfront cost, which can vary depending on the program of your choice. As of December 2017, here are approximate visa costs for Syracuse Center programs (please note that these figures do not include travel to the nearest consulate):
- Beijing: $265
- Florence: $80
- Hong Kong: $330
- London: $500 (Tier 4 visa, only needed if student is participating in an internship or a work-study)
- Madrid: $225
- Santiago: $400
- Strasbourg: $275
Some courses include required materials, lab maintenance, or study tours that are an integral part of the course. If you register for any course with a mandatory study tour(s), you must participate in this field study. Do not plan personal travel until you know when you may be required to take part in a class-related study tour. Course related fees are charged to your Bursar account once your registration is processed in Syracuse. A list of confirmed course fees will be sent to you prior to your departure.
Billing and Refunds for Course Fees
Mandatory course fees are billed in the United States and will appear on your Bursar account. Students who audit courses are responsible for paying the associated course fees. Students who withdraw from a course by the financial drop deadline (indicated in your program calendar) will receive a refund of the unspent and uncommitted portion of the course fee.
There will be no refunds after the financial drop deadline except for an excused absence due to documented health reasons or a class or class-related field trip scheduling conflict. In these cases, only uncommitted and unexpended course fees will be refunded. Course fees will not be refunded in the event of personal scheduling conflicts.
Program Fees for the Academic Year
Students who wish to continue in their current program for the next semester or transfer to a new program site must complete a second online application and have approval from their program director. Students who participate in a second semester abroad may pay an adjusted program fee under the following circumstances:
Remaining in the same country
- Change in living situation, excused from orientation and/or Signature Seminar
- Enroll in a foreign university instead of, or in addition to, the Syracuse Abroad center.
Changing to a different country
Some students spend one semester in one country and then change to another for the following term. If you choose to do this, you will pay the published program fee for your second semester abroad.
Students incur additional personal expenses during a program abroad, which can vary based on individual spending habits. Students should be familiar with the exchange rate for the U.S. dollar in the host country. Please refer to the Preparing to Go page for specific budget recommendations. In addition to housing deposits on some programs, here are a few of the things you can expect to pay for from your personal funds while abroad:
Course Supplies and Equipment
Special supplies and equipment may be required for specific courses or programs. Please refer to the Preparing to Go page for more information.
If you are on a homestay program (Florence, Strasbourg, Madrid, Santiago), some meals will be covered by your program fee. You will need to pay for additional meals from your personal funds. If you are not in a homestay, you will need to pay for all your meals out of your own funds. Note: You are responsible for your own housing and meals during the semester break.
Expect to spend at least as much for textbooks overseas as you would on campus, approximately $670 for a semester. Textbook information will be available during orientation abroad. Most textbooks are purchased from local book shops, however, some are available through SU Abroad centers. Students purchasing textbooks through their center must pay with a credit card. At the end of the semester, some centers buy textbooks back for courses that will use the books again the following semester.
Like most participants, you will probably want to travel on weekends and during vacation periods. Some excursions are included in your course fees and program fee; however, independent travel expenses are not included. During weekends and breaks, you will be responsible for your travel, accommodation, and meals. Wait until you arrive to plan your personal travel so you can schedule trips around your academic schedule and commitments.