Understanding the Program Budget
Line items on the budget sheet are sorted into two sections:
- Billable Expenses: Cashier Billed Expenses are charges applied to your UNC Student Account. You will not pay tuition or program fees to your host institution abroad
- Non-billable Estimates: In addition to the program costs paid to UNC, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. These are estimated out of pocket expenses you pay yourself. The given amounts are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided. Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.
Remember that even fixed costs, such as a visa application fee, are subject to change without notice.
Billing and Payments
Line items listed under Billable Expenses will be charged to your UNC Student Account. Charges and deadlines occur on the same timeline as billing for the term at UNC. See the University Cashier’s Important Dates
page for more information.
The Application Fee is non-refundable and must be paid by the Application Deadline. See your program application for more details.
Study Abroad Fee:
The Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed to your student account only if you accept an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad. If you withdraw from a program after accepting the offer, you still will be charged in the same billing cycle. However, you may apply the paid fee to a future UNC Study Abroad program.
Insurance - GeoBlue:
The required UNC Study Abroad Insurance, provided by GeoBlue, is billed at a daily rate. The amount billed to your UNC account may change based on changes to the official term dates at your host institution or program.
Amount listed is an average cost. Final housing costs vary depending on which residence hall assigned to.
Host Institution - Misc Fees:
Amount includes miscellaneous charges such as hall association entrance fees and subscription fees, compulsory high table fees, key deposit, etc. The actual cost is subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations.
If you do not already have a passport or if you need to renew, you can expect to pay this amount. See the US passport and international travel website
for the most up-to-date information about passport fees and requirements.
Housing and Meals (estimate):
Cost of mandatory 21 day quarantine. Can be reduced to 14 days with full proof of vaccination.
This budget is an estimate valid at the time of printing and is subject to change. Last cost update: 5/20/21
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