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Budget Sheet for Fall 2023

Total Estimated Cost to Study Abroad: $43,569

Cost to remain at Vanderbilt: $44,826

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 $1,257 less than a semester on campus at Vanderbilt.

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 $30,373
Program Fee $4,806
Administrative Fee $0
Total Paid to Vanderbilt $35,179

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 $4,200
Housing $0
Visa/Residence Permit $270
Books/Supplies $120
Local Transportation $250
Personal Expenses $2,350
Airfare $1,200
Total Paid Out of Pocket $8,390

Key Details

Included in fees paid to Vanderbilt University: IES tuition fees are covered covered by your Vanderbilt tuition payment. The Vanderbilt program fee covers IES's charges for housing (no meals) and international health insurance. Note that some housing or meal plan options may carry additional fees. Vanderbilt's mandatory international health insurance is included in the program fee. 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:

  • The academic calendar for this program is often longer in the spring than the fall. Expect costs to be higher in the spring.
  • Your Vanderbilt tuition will cover the costs of any additional courses you take with IES, such as courses at a partner university.
  • Some housing/meal plan options may carry additional fees; see IES for a full description of options. Any supplemental housing fees will be billed to you directly by IES; please consult with IES for details.
  • Beginning in the fall of 2023, the cost of Vanderbilt's mandatory health insurance coverage (GeoBlue) is included in the Program Fee paid to Vanderbilt. This cost is based on the length of the program and accounts for $241 of the listed Program Fee.
  • The estimate for meals is based on having no meal plan. If you choose one of the options that has a meal plan, you can expect to spend less out of pocket (see IES's website for more information.)
  • 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 can be useful for getting a sense of what common items and services cost in cities around the globe.
  • The personal costs estimate includes $150 reflecting the cost of purchasing or renting a required cell phone.
  • 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. Vaccinations that are required for entry into your host country or for participation on your program can be covered by financial aid.

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