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How Much Will It Cost?

Stanford is committed to providing all undergraduates the opportunity to study abroad with BOSP, regardless of financial circumstances. Apart from airfare and personal travel expenses, the basic cost of studying with BOSP is close to the cost of remaining on campus. Tuition remains the same. Instead of on-campus room and board, students are charged an Overseas Fee, equivalent to mid-level housing and a 19-meal plan, which covers lodging, meals, and program activities.

Transportation and personal expenses will vary for each student. Specific information about typical expenses will be available in the orientation materials distributed the quarter prior to departure. Student Advisors and other recently returned students are good sources of information for developing a personal budget.

Cost Breakdown - BOSP Quarter Length Programs

Approximate Costs per Quarter
Overseas 2012-13
Approximate Costs per Quarter
On-Campus 2012-13
Tuition $13,750 Tuition $13,750
Overseas Fee
(includes room & board)
$4,240 Housing
Meal Plan
Books & Supplies $500 Books & Supplies $500
Travel Costs (average) $1,100 ASSU Fees
Vaden Health Fee


TOTAL: $18,788

CASB Approximate Costs, 2012-13


Fall Semester (4 Months) Spring Semester (5.5 Months)
Tuition $13,750 $27,500
Housing Fee $4,956 $6,631
Travel Costs (Average) $1,300 $1,300
Estimated Meals $1,040 $1,560
Estimated Daily Living Expenses $1,320 $1,980
Estimated Local Transport $300 $450
Visa Fees $140 $140
Estimated Books $55 $110

This is a consortium program administered by Brown University. The tuition fee covers onsite tuition, related academic programming and program sponsored excursions. The housing fee covers lodging only and no meals. There is no meal stipend/allowance for this program. Students therefore should plan and budget for food expenses separately. The estimated food and other daily expenses will depend on individual student's meal arrangements and own spending habits.

KCJS Approximate Costs, 2012-13


Fall Semester (14 Weeks) Spring Semester (14 Weeks)
Tuition $13,750 $27,500
Program Fee $5,500 $5,500
Travel Costs (Average) $1,100 $1,100
Estimated Meals $200 - $600 per month $200 - $600 per month
Estimated Local Transport $150 per month $150 per month
Estimated Miscellaneous $600 per month $600 per month
Visa Fees Varies by citizenship and the service utilized Varies by citizenship and the service utilized
Estimated Books Varies Varies

This is a consortium program administered by Columbia University. The Program Fee covers housing, some meals, program activities and trips and student services. For students in homestays, the Program Fee covers three meals every day: breakfast and dinner with the homestay family, and a daily lunch allowance. Those living in apartments will receive the same daily lunch allowance, but must provide for their own breakfasts and dinners. The above estimated miscellaneous include medical costs, social activities, personal travels and incidental expenses. The actual spending will depend on individual student's life style and own spending habits.

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Financial Aid

Since participants of BOSP remain registered at Stanford, financial aid continues uninterrupted. The Financial Aid Office automatically adjusts aid packages in accordance with differences in travel and personal expenses while abroad, and with consideration for a student’s inability to work while out of the country. Please consult the Financial Aid Office website for more details.

Student Jobs

Regulations governing a student’s ability to work vary from country to country. In many cases it is not possible. You may consult the staff at each location for specific information.

Emergency Loans

While abroad with Stanford, you may request an emergency loan for unexpected medical bills, delayed checks, or other unforeseen financial need. These are handled directly through the specific program and must be repaid before returning to Stanford.

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Research Grants

The Undergraduate Advising and Research office offers several programs available to participants of Stanford Overseas Studies Programs. Explore the “Other Opportunities” sections under each of BOSP’s destinations.

Other Resources

Some funding may be available from outside sources. The Overseas Resource Center, located in Bechtel International Center, is a good source of information on such opportunities. It should be noted, however, that the Financial Aid Office will recalculate award packages to offset external funding.

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