Costs and Funding
Studying abroad is an investment in the future of your student. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. One of the biggest myths is that a study abroad experience is too expensive. It is true that in some cases, but not all, study abroad is more expensive than a term in Chapel Hill. However, there are many ways to cover costs. Affordability is an important factor when selecting an education abroad program. The programs offered through the Study Abroad Office vary in cost depending on the type of program, location, length, inclusions in the program such as excursions and cultural activities, and the level of on-site support. Each program listed on our site contain tentative budget sheets to help you and your student your budget and plan.
We have provided numerous resources to allow you and your student to explore financial aid, scholarships, and other fundraising sources. Please explore our site with your student and talk with them about their ideas and the financing options available.
Study Abroad Fee
The Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be billed to your student’s account only if they accept an offer from the Study Abroad Office to study abroad (i.e. sign the Study Abroad Contract). If they withdraw from a program after accepting the offer, they will still be charged in the same billing cycle. However, they may apply the paid fee to a future UNC Study Abroad program.
Billing & Payments
Students studying abroad through the UNC Study Abroad Office will remain registered at the University during their time overseas. They will receive their bills through ConnectCarolina during the regular billing cycle for term they study abroad according to the University Cashier. Please review the information on our Budget Sheets & Billing page to understand the billing and payments process. Program Costs may include expenses for housing, meals, special excursion fees, etc. Please note that your student’s UNC Student Bill for their study abroad program will be distinctly different from their residential semester billing and will reflect the study abroad program budget.
Once your student commits to participating in a program, our office begins to make financial commitments on their behalf. If your student needs to withdraw from a program after they have accepted their offer from the Study Abroad Office, they will be held to a specific process regarding cancellation and any refunds available.