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Fees, Costs, and Billing for Study Abroad

Estimate and compare the cost of study abroad programs using GEO's handy cost calculators!

Vanderbilt strives to make study abroad affordable for all students. Many students find that a semester abroad can even be cheaper than staying on campus! Please find information below on the costs of study abroad as well as resource and information on scholarship opportunities.

Participants in Vanderbilt direct-credit programs will pay:

  1. Vanderbilt Tuition
  2. Program Fee (if any)
  3. Study Abroad Administrative Fee

See the Vanderbilt Study Abroad Finance and Credit Policy for more information on these costs. In the summer, tuition is charged per credit hour in which the student is enrolled.

What Is Included

What Is Not Included

  • Airfare to and from the program, except where specifically indicated
  • Optional excursions and independent travel
  • Books (most programs) and incidental expenses
  • Students may be billed extra for premier housing/meal options, or for enrollment in certain subjects (such as science or engineering) at universities in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.
  • Housing and other fees charged by the host institution are not included in many exchange programs.

Students may contact program providers and/or returnees for information on estimates and budgeting. Basic estimates can also be found in GEO's cost calculators.

Fees for all semester programs
Fees for all summer programs

How it is billed

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Students are billed through Student Accounts just as they would be billed for a term on campus. Bills are sent out at the same time as they would be for a regular semester/summer term and are sent to the student email on file. If parents participate in a payment plan, they may want to look into adjusting payments due to differences in cost.

Financial Aid

For students studying abroad during the academic year, all programs for direct credit through GEO are eligible for federal and Vanderbilt financial aid. This includes merit scholarships but excludes work study. Students should talk to their financial aid officers to be clear on how this works. Summer study abroad programs through GEO are NOT eligible for Vanderbilt financial aid (just as summer study on campus would not be). See the scholarships page for information on special scholarships for study abroad.


The Global Education Office has collected information about a number of Vanderbilt and non-Vanderbilt scholarships. Students with study-abroad specific scholarships should speak to the administrator of the scholarship to ensure it is disbursed properly.

Students seeking outside scholarships to study abroad should also check out Some study abroad providers also offer their own scholarships; be sure to explore their websites.