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Comparing Program Costs

Because we offer many different types of programs, it can be difficult to make sure you are accurately comparing program costs.  The chart below can help you compare overall costs across program types and fee structures.

Overview of Costs by Program Type

PartnershipExchangeGlobal Intensive ExperienceFaculty-Directed

Application Fee

$50 non-refundable Application Fee

$50 non-refundable Application Fee

$50 non-refundable Application Fee

$50 non-refundable Application Fee

ASU Tuition

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Included in Program Fee

NOTE: If you are studying abroad during the summer, you will be charged regular ASU tuition for any additional ASU course(s) you take outside of the Partnership program.

Regular ASU tuition for the number of credits completed during the term.

Regular ASU tuition for the number of credits completed during the term.

Included in Program Fee

NOTE: If you are studying abroad during the summer, you will be charged regular ASU tuition for any additional ASU course(s) you take outside of the Faculty-Directed program.

ASU Fees

Click here for a description of ASU's mandatory fees

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Technology Fee and Financial Aid Trust Fee; special program tuition/fees (ex: Barrett). 

NOTE: You will be charged ALL mandatory registration fees if you take any ASU courses in addition to those offered on the Partnership program.

Technology Fee and Financial Aid Trust Fee; special program tuition/fees (ex: Barrett)

NOTE: You will be charged ALL mandatory registration fees if you take any ASU courses in addition to those offered on the Exchange program.

You will be charged ALL mandatory registration fees for the term of your Global Intensive Experience program.

Technology Fee and Financial Aid Trust Fee; special program tuition/fees (ex: Barrett)

NOTE: You will be charged ALL mandatory registration fees if you take any ASU courses in addition to those offered on the Faculty-Directed program.

Study Abroad Administrative Fee

Included in Program Fee

$400 non-refundable Administrative Fee

Included in Program Fee

Included in Program Fee

International Medical Insurance

Inlcuded in Program Fee

Approximately $200 per semester; actual Medical Insurance Fee varies based on program dates

Inlcuded in Program Fee

Inlcuded in Program Fee

Program Fee

Varies by program; includes ASU tuition, Study Abroad Administrative Fee and International Medical Insurance and may include other expenses like housing, excursions, etc.

N/A

Varies by program; includes Study Abroad Administrative Fee, International Medical Insurance, and other expenses like housing, excursions, etc.

Varies by program; includes Study Abroad Administrative Fee, International Medical Insurance, and other expenses like housing, excursions, etc.

Semester abroad vs. a semester at ASU

Curious about how much a semester program abroad costs in comparison to what you pay here at ASU? Take a look at our Comparing Semester Program Costs resource to see how affordable studying abroad for a semester can be.

Compare the cost of a semester abroad to a semester at ASU


The following items are also worth noting:

  • Remember that the Program Fee for Partnership, Faculty Directed and Global Intensive Experience programs include housing; Exchange programs do not. Therefore, although the cost of a semester Partnership program may be higher than the cost of a semester Exchange program, keep in mind that the total cost of attendance for the Partnership program could end up being less, taking into consideration that housing is almost always included in the Partnership but not in the Exchange.
  • Research what the Program Fee includes on Partnership, Faculty Directed and Global Intensive Experience programs. We’ve already established that your program fee will include housing, but it will definitely include other costs as well. Consider the value-add of the Program Fee to find out how inclusive your Program Fee is.  Does it include meals? Transportation? Excursions? Entrance Fees? 
  • The length of your program can also have a real effect on the cost. Make sure that you check dates on the programs you are comparing. One may be more expensive than another, but you might also be abroad for several more weeks. Divide the fee by the number of weeks you’ll be abroad for a quick comparison.  However, don’t forget to consider the bullet point above for other ways to compare costs between programs!
  • Exchanges are an incredible opportunity because you just pay your ASU tuition, and you study somewhere else in the world. However, consider all the other expenses that you incur while going to school at ASU: housing, food, transportation, insurance, etc. When you go abroad on an Exchange, think of it like picking up your life (and all associated expenses) here and setting it down somewhere else in the world for a semester or year. Just as here at ASU, you will have additional expenses besides your tuition when you participate in an Exchange program.