Hong Kong

Costs and Billing

Comparing Costs

International experiences vary widely in cost. Cost differences are attributed to a variety of factors, such as program structure, academic credit, excursions, level of on-site support, housing options, and geographic location. When planning a budget, it's important to consider additional expenses, such as airfare, housing, passport/visa, and daily living expenses.

Read the full list of education abroad programs to review specific program information. You will find a budget estimate for each of the programs you are considering on that program's web page.

Budget Planning Worksheet & Cost Comparison

This downloadable chart compares the costs of several semester-length programs, and one short-term program, through both Carlson Global Institute and the Learning Abroad Center. This form also leaves space for you to calculate the costs of two additional programs. This form reflects only the required costs for study abroad. Other optional costs such as recreational travel are not included in this calculation. When comparing costs to on-campus study at the University of Minnesota, be sure to compare the full cost of attendance on-campus, including room and board, transportation, etc.

Note: All figures are estimates and subject to change depending on international economic factors. Specific tuition and fee amounts can vary according to Minnesota resident and non-resident status. Please check the program websites and OneStop for the most current information.


Education abroad tuition and program fees are billed to your University of Minnesota student account. Fees are due according to the published schedule on One Stop.

Budget Planning

Students are encouraged to schedule a Financial Aid Preview meeting with OneStop before apply for a program so they can review their budgets and ensure they have a viable financial plan to cover the costs of their chosen program. In this meeting with a OneStop adviser they will discuss scholarship opportunities, billing process and timing, finacial aid options, and next steps. Contact them at 612-624-1111 to schedule the meeting.

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