Budget Sheets & Billing

Budget Sheets and Billing

Each program brochure contains specifically tailored budget sheets. The budget may vary based on term, program option, NC residency status, UNC student status, et cetera. The Study Abroad Office and our partners will update budget information for upcoming terms as it becomes available.

Line items on the budget sheet are sorted into two sections:

  1. Cashier Billed Expenses: These are charges applied to your UNC Student Account. Tuition and Program Fees are not paid to the host institution. Each program budget is different and may include some but not all of the following:
    • Study Abroad Fee
    • Tuition & Fees – costs related to the academic delivery of the program
    • Program Costs – can include things such as housing, meals, included excursions, activity fees, and other costs required by host institution
    • GeoBlue Insurance – international health insurance
  2. Out of Pocket Estimates: These are costs you pay yourself, and most will vary based on your personal spending habits.

Refer to the Budget Notes at the bottom of the page for details on various line items. Remember that even fixed costs, such as a visa application fee, are subject to change without notice.

Line items listed under Cashier Billed Expenses will be charged to your UNC Student Account via ConnectCarolina. 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.

Note: Program Costs may include expenses for housing, meals, special excursion fees, etc. Please note that your UNC Student Bill for study abroad will be distinctly different from that of a residential semester billing and will reflect the study abroad program budget lines.

Some programs require students to pay certain items out-of-pocket, directly to the partner institution or other organization. For example, a deposit paid with submission of a housing application, or a visa application fee. These charges will be outlined on the budget sheet. Be aware that a cashier’s check, money order, or international wire transfer may be required to cover costs abroad. We encourage students to check with their local bank for more information on these products.

The Study Abroad Administrative Fee is non-refundable. It will be billed to your student account only if you accept an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad, that is, sign the Study Abroad Contract. 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. More Information.

The Study Abroad Office makes every attempt to keep program costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, our office begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. If you must withdraw, it is your responsibility to immediately notify your Study Abroad Advisor in writing, email is preferred, and to understand the financial implications of your withdrawal. Click here to read more about UNC Study Abroad and partner cancellation policies.

The Study Abroad Office reserves a small pool of funds for students whose personal circumstances make it challenging for them to cover the full cost of their study abroad program and complete their studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Documentation of hardship is required. Hardship Grants typically do not exceed $1,000. Students can write to abroad_awards@unc.edu or to their study abroad advisor to request the grant.