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How Much Will It Cost to Study Abroad?


There are two different tuition structures, based on the program the student attends.
Regular USC home school tuition
Regular USC home school tuition ($21,861/semester in 2012-13) is charged for the following programs:

  • USC Madrid Center
  • USC Paris Semester
  • All UK university programs

Program provider tuition + USC administrative fee
The program provider tuition + USC administrative fee is lower than USC home school tuition for the vast majority of programs.  Here are some examples:


South Korea - Seoul $6,107/semester
Japan - Tokyo (TIU) $8,148/semester
New Zealand - Dunedin $10,620/semester
Ireland - Galway $10,740/semester
China - Beijing $11,370/semester
Israel - Jerusalem $11,405/semester
South Africa - Cape Town $12,088/semester
Australia - Brisbane $12,338/semester
Czech Repubic - Prague $12,873/semester
Brazil - São Paoulo $13,123/semester
Jordan - Amman $13,273/semester
Greece - Athens $15,450/semester
Japan - Tokyo (Sophia) $16,623/semester
Italy - Florence (Syracuse) $18,120/semester

**(These tuition costs are as of May 2011)


The program provider tuition + USC administrative fee is higher than USC home school tuition for the following programs: BADA London Theater Program and ICCS Rome.


Living and Travel Expenses

Room and board costs are usually established by the program provider.  For many programs room and board costs are lower than on campus at USC, for some they are higher. 

These costs vary greatly by program and according to each student’s spending habits.  The student who gets involved with local friends and activities and travels minimally and strategically can get by on much less than the student who spends most weekends traveling and shopping.  Students should take into account exchange rates and the general cost of living in their host country.  Living in London, for example, is generally more expensive than living in Los Angeles, while living in New Zealand or South Africa or Chile is generally less expensive.  Estimated living costs for each program may be found on the Office of Overseas Studies website at www.dornsife.usc.edu/overseas-studies.  


Financial Aid & Study Abroad

USC’s strong commitment to the study abroad experience is reflected in its policy of allowing all financial aid (grants and loans) to be applied to the cost of semester or year-long overseas programs.

The Office of Overseas Studies estimates costs for personal and travel expenses (e.g., airfare, passport fees, visa fees, personal expenses, additional travel, etc.) based on information from the program provider and other sources.  After a student has been accepted to a particular study abroad program, the USC Financial Aid office will adjust the student’s financial aid package on the basis of the cost sheet for that program.  Each semester all financial aid recipients who are accepted to a study abroad program are invited to a Financial Aid Meeting, where they get more information on how study abroad may affect their financial aid.

For students who receive financial aid (e.g., grants and loans), the estimated family & student contribution (EFC) remains the same as it would be on campus, regardless of whether the cost of the overseas program is less or more than the cost of a semester or year on campus.

Example: A student plans to attend a program with a total cost (tuition and living expenses) of $20,000 for a semester.  On campus the student’s EFC is $10,000 per semester and the student receives $14,000 in grants and loans per semester.  For the semester abroad the student’s EFC of $10,000 remains the same, and the student will receives$10,000 in grants and loans.If the same student goes on a program with a total cost of $26,000 for a semester, the EFC remains the same, the student still receives $14,000 in grants and loans, and the student can receive an additional $2,000 in loans.


Existing Scholarships & Study Abroad

All scholarships granted by USC and all outside scholarships may be applied to the cost of a semester or year-long study abroad program.  Tuition-based scholarships (e.g. Trustee, Presidential, and Dean’s) are adjusted proportionally according to the total tuition (including the USC administrative fee) of the program to which the student is accepted.  All scholarships must be reported to USC Financial Aid, and all scholarships are factored into calculations of student need.


Scholarships for Study Abroad

Please check the Overseas Studies web site (www.dornsife.usc.edu/overseas-studies) or ask a Study Abroad Advisor for information on scholarships for study abroad.  Scholarships for study abroad in Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are rather scarce.  There tend to be more scholarships available for Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, and there are scholarships geared toward underrepresented students.  USC also offers some scholarships specifically for study abroad; read about them on our website.


Tuition Remission & Study Abroad

For students who receive tuition remission, the amount of tuition remission is based on the total tuition (which includes the USC administrative fee) of the program to which the student is accepted.