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How Much Will It Cost to Study Abroad?

Don't let cost stand in the way of studying abroad! We are here to help explain the expenses associated with various programs and how financial aid and scholarships work. Read below for more information and check our our sections on Financial Aid and Study Abroad Scholarships.



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 can be found on the program's brochure page.