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Program Budget Sheets

Columbia University in Paris


Budget Sheet for Spring 2023

Total Estimated Cost to Study Abroad: $44,660

Cost to remain at Vanderbilt: $42,196

The estimated total cost includes all aspects of the study abroad experience. Tuition, housing, meals, airfare, visa fees, books/supplies, local transportation, and personal expenses are included in this estimate. These fees may be paid to Vanderbilt or to third parties; see the estimates for each of these categories below.

This program is estimated to cost $2,464 more than a semester on campus at Vanderbilt. Need-based financial aid awards may be increased to meet higher estimated costs. Whether or not students receive need-based aid, they may click here to request a financial review from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Fees Paid to Vanderbilt University

Students pay Vanderbilt tuition for each term abroad (read more). Fees paid to Vanderbilt University will be typically be billed according to the Office of Student Account's regular schedule for the term. Any Vanderbilt financial aid you normally receive will be automatically applied to your account, as it is when you are on campus (except for work study, which cannot be used abroad).

Tuition $29,065
Program Fee $7,005
Administrative Fee $285
Total Paid to Vanderbilt $36,355

Estimated Out of Pocket Costs

These are the fees GEO estimates you will pay to parties other than Vanderbilt. These may be paid to the program partner, to airlines, foreign governments, retailers, and/or other parties.

Meals $3,500
Housing $0
Visa/Residence Permit $675
Books/Supplies $450
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,080
Airfare $1,200
Total Paid Out of Pocket $8,305

Key Details

Included in fees paid to Vanderbilt University: Columbia University in Paris tuition is covered by your Vanderbilt tuition payment. The Vanderbilt program fee covers CUP's program fee. Housing and meals are not covered by the fee and will be paid directly to CUP or to third parties. The administrative fee covers Vanderbilt's mandatory international health insurance. Vanderbilt's Program Fee is subject to change and will always reflect the actual amount charged to us by our partners. This may result in additional credits or charges to your student account after the amount shown is billed. Please see the partner's currently published fees to check on the fees charged by the partner (start here).

Please note the following regarding the estimated out-of-pocket costs listed above:

  • Students will pay an application fee directly to Columbia University during the application phase.
  • The academic calendar for this program is often longer in the spring than the fall. Expect costs to be higher in the spring.
  • The Meals estimate provided represents the upper end of the range predicted by CUP. The cost will vary depending on the number of meals taken with a homestay family and individual spending habits.
  • The Books and Supplies line includes costs for maintaining a cell phone capable of calling within France and internationally as required and estimated by Columbia.
  • Our local cost estimates are based on a rate of 0.99 Euros to the US dollar.
  • The estimate for the visa includes the costs of a visa and mailing fees plus $300 to travel to make an appearance in person at a French visa center.
  • Visa costs and requirements may vary depending on your nationality.
  • The estimate for personal expenses is based on the Vanderbilt campus Student Service Fees and Personal Costs estimates, with adjustments based on local cost of living, length of program, and exchange rates. This amount is expected to allow for entertainment and participation in cultural activities, but does not include extensive personal travel. Also included in GEO's personal expenses estimate is VU's standard estimate for maintaining health insurance in your home country in case of medical emergency.
  • Sites like numbeo.com can be useful for getting a sense of what common items and services cost in cities around the globe.
  • Airfare costs are highly variable and influenced by a number of factors, so we recommend making your own estimates based on your personal travel plans.
  • There may be predeparture costs associated with health checks, vaccination, prescriptions, etc. These costs will vary individually.

In addition to the costs above, you should also maintain your health insurance coverage in your home country in case of medical emergency.

This program is estimated to cost more than a semester on campus at Vanderbilt. Need-based financial aid awards may be increased to meet higher estimated costs. Whether or not students receive need-based aid, they may click here to request a financial review from the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Columbia University in Paris


Budget Sheet for Fall 2022

Total Estimated Cost to Study Abroad: $44,235

Cost to remain at Vanderbilt: $42,196

The estimated total cost includes all aspects of the study abroad experience. Tuition, housing, meals, airfare, visa fees, books/supplies, local transportation, and personal expenses are included in this estimate. These fees may be paid to Vanderbilt or to third parties; see the estimates for each of these categories below.

This program is estimated to cost $2,039 more than a semester on campus at Vanderbilt. Need-based financial aid awards may be increased to meet higher estimated costs. Whether or not students receive need-based aid, they may click here to request a financial review from the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Fees Paid to Vanderbilt University

Students pay Vanderbilt tuition for each term abroad (read more). Fees paid to Vanderbilt University will be typically be billed according to the Office of Student Account's regular schedule for the term. Any Vanderbilt financial aid you normally receive will be automatically applied to your account, as it is when you are on campus (except for work study, which cannot be used abroad).

Tuition $29,065
Program Fee $1,105
Administrative Fee $285
Total Paid to Vanderbilt $30,455

Estimated Out of Pocket Costs

These are the fees GEO estimates you will pay to parties other than Vanderbilt. These may be paid to the program partner, to airlines, foreign governments, retailers, and/or other parties.

Meals $3,500
Housing $6,400
Visa/Residence Permit $485
Books/Supplies $575
Local Transportation $440
Personal Expenses $2,280
Airfare $1,200
Total Paid Out of Pocket $13,780

Key Details

Included in fees paid to Vanderbilt University: Columbia University in Paris tuition is covered by your Vanderbilt tuition payment. The Vanderbilt program fee covers CUP's program fee. Housing and meals are not covered by the fee and will be paid directly to CUP or to third parties. The administrative fee covers Vanderbilt's mandatory international health insurance. Vanderbilt's Program Fee is subject to change and will always reflect the actual amount charged to us by our partners. This may result in additional credits or charges to your student account after the amount shown is billed. Please see the partner's currently published fees to check on the fees charged by the partner (start here).

Please note the following regarding the estimated out-of-pocket costs listed above:

  • Students will pay an $85 application fee directly to Columbia University during the application phase.
  • Students pay housing fees directly to Columbia.
  • The academic calendar for this program is often longer in the spring than the fall. Expect costs to be higher in the spring.
  • The Meals estimate provided represents the upper end of the range predicted by CUP. The cost will vary depending on the number of meals taken with a homestay family and individual spending habits.
  • The Books and Supplies line includes costs for maintaining a cell phone capable of calling within France and internationally as required and estimated by Columbia.
  • Our local cost estimates are based on a rate of 1.1 Euros to the US dollar.
  • The estimate for Books and Supplies includes a sum for required COVID testing to return to the United States.
  • Visa costs and requirements may vary depending on your nationality.
  • The estimate for personal expenses is based on the Vanderbilt campus Student Service Fees and Personal Costs estimates, with adjustments based on local cost of living, length of program, and exchange rates. This amount is expected to allow for entertainment and participation in cultural activities, but does not include extensive personal travel. Also included in GEO's personal expenses estimate is VU's standard estimate for maintaining health insurance in your home country in case of medical emergency.
  • Airfare costs are highly variable and influenced by a number of factors, so we recommend making your own estimates based on your personal travel plans.
  • There may be predeparture costs associated with health checks, vaccination, prescriptions, etc. These costs will vary individually.

In addition to the costs above, you should also maintain your health insurance coverage in your home country in case of medical emergency.

This program is estimated to cost more than a semester on campus at Vanderbilt. Need-based financial aid awards may be increased to meet higher estimated costs. Whether or not students receive need-based aid, they may click here to request a financial review from the Office of Student Financial Aid.