Financial Information

Program costs can vary greatly.

The variety of program choices for Cornell students is as diverse as our students’ interests. Program costs and personal expenses depend on program type, level of support, and location. However, it is not unusual for a semester abroad to cost less than being on campus. All mandatory tuition and program fees will be billed via the students Cornell Bursar account.

If you are studying abroad on a Cornell program

  • On a Cornell Global Program, you will pay a comprehensive tuition and fee, based on the program site. For further information, visit each program's page on
  • On a Cornell College Exchange, you will pay your regular Cornell University tuition.

If you are studying abroad on an approved semester program

  • You will pay the actual program tuition and fees.
  • In addition, you will pay a Cornell International Program Tuition (CIPT) of $2,500 per semester of study. (Note:  CIPT for UK institutions is $3,000 per semester of study.) CIPT is designated to support financial aid for study abroad students.

If you are studying abroad during the summer on a program not managed by Cornell

  • You do not pay Cornell.
  • You petition to bring credit back to Cornell as transfer credit.

Financial aid applies to semester and academic-year programs.

Estimated family contributions do not change when you study abroad during the academic year or semester.

Aid sources include Cornell grant aid and university-based scholarships, as well as federal and state financial aid.

A few important points to remember

  • Institutional financial aid is only available to students who study abroad for academic credit for the academic year or semester.
  • Financial aid awards are adjusted to meet the cost of attendance for the approved program.
  • All required program costs (including airfare, meals, visa costs and personal expenses) are factored into your revised aid package.
  • Work study will convert to loan

If you are studying abroad on a Cornell semester or academic year program, you’ll receive an estimated budget detailing the cost of attendance. (For some programs, budget information is available at These budget sheets will help you and your family to do advance financial planning for your semester abroad.

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