Study Abroad & Exchange


Choosing a Program You Can Afford

Did you know that the estimated budget for a student at CSU, Chico for the 2019-2020 academic year is $25,994?

Fund Your Study Abroad Experience - learn more about the different ways to fund your study abroad

By planning ahead and demonstrating flexibility in the choice of program and location, virtually anyone can afford to study abroad.

Many programs charge the same fees as CSU, Chico, enabling students to study abroad for the same cost as a semester or year spent in Chico.  In some cases, students will spend less than they would in Chico.

If you are on a tight budget, you will want to begin your research with the Study Abroad On The Cheap guide, which lists the most affordable study abroad options available to Chico students. 

Financial Aid students should use the guide prepared for them by the Financial Aid Office when researching their program options - Financial Aid Office > Study Abroad.

Preparing Your Budget

Program location and lifestyle will largely influence the cost of a study abroad 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 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 in their head.  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 will want to attend the "Studying Abroad on a Student Budget" special orientation session offered through the Study Abroad Office and work closely with their study abroad advisor, peer advisor and past participants to set a realistic spending plan.