Going Abroad: Finances

What will it cost?

Program costs vary greatly. Total expenses depend on program type, location, and level of support. It will be more expensive to spend a semester in Paris, for example, than in Senegal. However, in many cases a semester abroad can cost less than being on campus. We can provide students with estimated budgets for approved semester programs at the end of the semester prior to study abroad.

What is covered in the estimated budget?

An estimated budget prepared by the Office of Global Learning, or your college for exchange programs, will detail the costs that will appear on your bursar bill and estimate out-of-pocket expenses. Items in the estimated budget (and in the calculation of financial aid for eligible students) include tuition, fees, international airfare, local transportation, housing, meals, books, visa, and personal expenses as well as the Cornell International Program Tuition.

Will I receive financial aid when I go abroad?

Financial aid will apply to all approved semester and yearlong programs. Financial aid awards are based on student and family eligibility.  Your Expected Family Contribution remains the same as it would be on campus. Financial aid awards are adjusted in line with the higher or lower costs of the program.

Will I receive financial aid if want to go abroad during the summer or on a short-term program?

Institutional grant aid is not available for summer or short-term programs; however, loan aid is available.  Interested students should contact Office of Financial Aid and speak with a counselor to explore eligibility and requirements.

What happens to my federal work study when I study abroad?

Your federal work study is converted to a loan when you study abroad. You may choose to take this out as a loan or not.

What if I need to pay a deposit or buy airplane tickets before my aid is released?

We know that finding funding for study abroad can seem daunting. There may be ways we can help. For students who, due to personal or family circumstances, are unable to pay advance deposit to programs or purchase airline tickets, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We'll put you in contact with our finance department staff members who can help.

Who do I pay my program fee to?

Your program sponsor or provider will issue an invoice for your semester tuition and fees directly to Cornell.  Office of Global Learning will pay the invoice on your behalf directly to your program sponsor. DO NOT pay your program or university directly.  If you have concerns, please speak with a finance advisor in Global Learning.

Who do I pay my deposit to?

Most program providers or universities will require an advance deposit. You will need to pay your provider or university directly. NOTE:  Programs managed by CIEE, SIT, as well as direct university enrollments in Australia, New Zealand, and UK will automatically invoice Office of Global Learning.  

When do I pay my program fees?

The Office of Global Learning follows the same billing schedule as if you were on campus.  Fall term charges will be billed to your Cornell Bursar account in July and will be due in August; spring charges will be billed in December and due in January. Your bursar bill must be paid by the due date or else students risk losing registration. 

What happens if I withdraw from my program after I have been accepted?

If you are on a Cornell Global Program or a college exchange program, your tuition and fees adjustment, minus any non-recoverable costs or non-refundable deposits, will be the same as if you were at Cornell. Learn about the tuition adjustment’s schedule on the university bursar’s website.

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