Study Abroad & Exchange


Choosing a Program You Can Afford

Did you know that the estimated cost of attendance(opens in new window) for a full-time student at CSU, Chico for the academic year is approximately  $25,000? Many study abroad or study away programs cost the same as CSU, Chico, enabling students to participate for the same cost as a semester or year spent at Chico State. In some cases, students will spend less than they would at Chico.

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Preparing Your Budget

Program location and lifestyle will largely influence the cost of a study abroad or study away program. Try to plan your finances as early as possible. You want to be sure to have enough financial resources in order to take full advantage of living in a foreign country or a different state and the numerous travel possibilities that will be available to you.

Money management while abroad is often more challenging for a number of reasons. First, there are more opportunities to spend money on "once-in-a-lifetime opportunities" (e.g. travel and entertainment) and students may struggle with computing currency conversions. Familiarize yourself with the exchange rates and the cost/value of items  before you depart. Also, prior to your departure, we strongly recommend reviewing the estimated costs of your program and speaking with alumni to budget carefully. if possible, it is a good idea to budget for more than you think is necessary in case an emergency (or a tempting weekend excursion) arises.

Students on a tight budget, work closely with your Study Abroad & Exchange Advisor, peer advisor, and past participants to set a realistic spending plan.