The California State University makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).
The estimated cost for participation in the CSU International Programs varies from country to country, but, on average, the cost to spend a year abroad on IP is comparable to studying at the CSU for a year. The total cost varies depending on several factors: the cost of living in your host country, the local rate of inflation, the currency exchange rate, the length of the academic year, and your own spending habits.
While overseas you pay for the same expenses you pay for now in California, including rent, food, registration fees (non-resident students pay additional non-resident fees),* and personal expenses. In addition, there will be costs for transportation and vacation travel.
Budget estimates are provided on this website on each country-specific page under Programs Search. Students who budget carefully will find these estimates to be reasonably accurate and that study abroad is within their reach.
What is included in the Budget Estimates?
State University Fee: Same as your home campus.
Non-Resident Fee: Same as your home campus.
Study Abroad Fee: Fee covers costs related to overseas operational expenses including student on-site support and operating costs of the program.
Insurance: CSU mandatory travel insurance.
Departure Processing: Includes orientation and materials sent to students prior to departure.
Group Activities (for most overseas centers): Covers various social gatherings, such as Thanksgiving dinner; group excursions to familiarize students with the country in which they are studying; and/or academically-related field trips. Refer to the individual country brochures for specifics.
Round-Trip Transportation: Includes the cost of transportation to the overseas center and back to California.
Room and Board: Arrangements vary by overseas center and are described on each program's brochure page.
Personal Expenses: Includes items such as clothing, entertainment, books, postage, and incidentals. The actual amount each student spends in this category can vary considerably, although the estimate is a good figure for planning.
Other: There are charges in certain overseas centers for special items, such as instructional materials or temporary accommodations upon arrival. Also included are visa processing costs. These items are specific in the cost information included in each country brochure. Again, please note that vacation travel is not included in the total cost estimate because students' expenditures in this area vary too widely.