Study Abroad Finances
Though budgeting is an important factor to a successful study abroad experience, financial considerations should never deter anyone from having the unique experience of spending a semester abroad! The majority of students who study abroad receive some form of financial aid. Columbia aid for CC and SEAS students will transfer to any Columbia approved program during the fall, spring or academic year. GS financial aid can be applied during the fall, spring and summer session as well. Students should start the financial discussion early with the Office of Global Programs, Financial Aid, and their families to understand the budget of the program of their choice.
Columbia College (CC) and Engineering (SEAS) Finances - Fall and Spring
Who Pays What and to Whom?
All students in programs abroad for which they will be receiving credit remain enrolled at Columbia and pay tuition at the Columbia rate here. Students will be billed by Columbia for the coming semester at the usual time. The bill will be sent to normal billing addresses. Columbia in turn pays the academic costs of the foreign program.
CC and SEAS students who receive financial aid at Columbia will remain eligible for financial aid when they study abroad with Columbia's approval during the fall, spring or academic year. Students must speak with their financial aid officer as soon as they have budget information from the foreign study program and before they register to go abroad.
CC and SEAS students who are studying abroad during the fall, spring or academic year are therefore responsible for the following payments:
To Columbia University: Columbia tuition at the regular Columbia rate, excluding room, board, books, or any extraneous costs.
To the sponsoring program: room, board, and overseas travel (including flights), whether or not these expenses are included in the program's comprehensive fee, as well as any other personal expenses. Some costs you may have to pay to a vendor directly (i.e. an airline).
To some sponsoring programs: A deposit (usually between $200 and $500), if required, to hold students places in the program once they have been accepted. Unless the student is on very extensive financial aid, they should pay that deposit and ask the program to credit it against their non-tuition cost, such as room and board.
To some sponsoring programs: Students may be asked to pay for a school of record transcript (CIEE is one of the sponsors that do this). In this case, please ask that an invoice of this cost be sent to the OGP so our office can take care of this cost directly. If you receive a bill for tuition costs from your program, please notify your sponsoring program to have the tuition bill sent to:
Office of Global Programs and Fellowships
606 Kent Hall, MC 3948
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Columbia College (CC) and Engineering (SEAS) Finances - Summer
Who Pays What and to Whom?
Students pay all costs (tuition, room, board, etc.) to the program directly whether attending a Columbia or non-Columbia run program. Some costs you will have to pay to a vendor directly (i.e. an airline). Please note that many programs DO NOT organize group flights and students are responsible for booking their own travel. Financial aid does not apply to the summer session. Students should talk to their study abroad program of choice about potential funding options.
General Studies Finances - Fall, Spring and Summer
If attending a Columbia Program:
GS students who study with a Columbia program are responsible for the following payments: Columbia tuition at the regular Columbia rate per point, and any program-specific fees such as housing, and other program fees.
Students who receive financial aid at Columbia will remain eligible for financial aid when they study abroad on a Columbia program. Students must speak with their financial aid officer as soon as they have budget information from the foreign study program and before they register to go abroad
If attending a non-Columbia Program:
All GS students studying with non-Columbia programs abroad for which they will receive credit will pay a study abroad administrative fee to General Studies.
Students are responsible for payments:
To the School of General Studies: an administrative fee of $750 per semester. Summer study counts as one semester.
To the sponsoring program: All academic and non-academic fees.