Semester/Full Year Tuition & Program Budgets
Students who study abroad for a semester or academic year will be charged Georgetown tuition instead of an individual program's tuition. The tuition payment does not cover the additional costs of living abroad, such as transportation, meals, housing, passport/visa fees, insurance, or personal expenses. Any student who receives financial aid is eligible to apply their financial aid toward a semester or academic year study abroad program (with a few exceptions, see the Financial Aid section for details).
OGE provides budget estimates for each approved program abroad, which include the total amount billed by GU as well as an estimate for additional costs incurred. To view an individual Program Budget, click the button below to navigate to myGUABROAD and select your program. On the program brochure, go to the Finances & Funding tab and click the Program Budget.
1. Tuition costs for Semester and Full Year programs:
A comprehensive budget sheet that includes our estimates for these additional items, as well as the total estimated cost of each program, can be found on each individual program webpage.
2. Housing fees:
Payment of housing fees will depend upon a student's chosen program. In some cases, our partners require that students pay fees directly to the housing provider or host university, while others prefer to bill Georgetown directly.
- If students are required to pay fees directly to the host institution, they will not see a housing fee listed on the GU bill. We will, however, provide an estimate of these charges so that students can budget accordingly.
- If a student's housing fee is billed to Georgetown by the program sponsor, students will see the charge reflected on the GU bill. This fee will be listed in addition to tuition on the program budget sheet.
- Students participating in GU-administered programs (e.g., Georgetown in Fiesole, Italy - Villa Le Balze, Georgetown in Doha, Qatar) will pay housing fees directly to Georgetown.
Regardless of how the housing payment is made, each student will receive a program budget sheet that will indicate the program's housing charges and how they should be paid.
3. Estimates for incidentals:
To assist students in getting a sense of the true cost of study abroad, our program budget sheets will include an estimate of expenses for incidentals. We will give estimates for items such as:
- Transportation costs
- Meals & entertainment
- Visa fees
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal expenses (toiletries, immunizations, health insurance required by the host country, cell phone, etc.)
These estimated costs will not be reflected on the GU bill, but should be taken into consideration when evaluating the cost of a program. If students receive financial aid, these costs will be factored into the student's financial aid package.
Students who study abroad on an OGE Summer Program are charged a set Program Fee. In general, program fees include tuition, academic fees, housing, and excursions. Program fees can vary greatly due to the different lengths of programs and the amount of credit awarded. OGE provides tuition and fee information for Summer Programs on each program's online brochure. Students should consult their specific program brochure for fee information.
To view the program fee for a specific program, click the button below to navigate to myGUABROAD, select the program from the list and navigate to the Finances and Funding tab of the Program Brochure.
Semester/Full Year Financial Aid
All forms of financial aid (with the exception of federal work-study funds) can be applied to Georgetown-approved and Independent Petition programs. This includes Georgetown grants, loans, scholarships, and state and federal awards, such as Pell Grants and Guaranteed Student Loans. A financial aid package for a student participating on a Georgetown-Approved program will be based on the specific costs of the program.. In cases where work-study funds are not available, or where the cost of living at the semester or full-year study site exceeds that of the GU main campus, the financial aid package will be revised to cover the additional funds needed for room and board, as well as transportation and other personal expenses. The following expenses will be included when calculating a student's financial need: tuition and fees, room and board, books, airfare, and miscellaneous expenses (such as toiletries, limited entertainment, local transportation, immunizations and any health insurance required by the host country). Normal procedures and deadlines for filing financial aid applications apply. You can access the estimated program budget for each program here.
Students are encouraged to speak with their financial aid counselor to discuss any questions that may arise.
Summer Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) has limited funds for summer programs abroad. At the end of March, OSFS posts a Summer Aid application on the OSFS website. For OSFS to assess your eligibility for summer aid, you must fill out the Summer Aid application and have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file with the office.
Depending on your eligibility for federal funds and scholarships, you may be able to receive a private education loan to help cover the costs associated with your summer program. You should speak to your counselor in OSFS to learn how best to apply.
OGE Financial Policies
How are the costs billed for Independent Petition Programs?
Students on Independent Petition programs will be billed Georgetown tuition and the Education Abroad Insurance Plan through the Office of Student Accounts. Additionally, students on Independent Petition programs are responsible for submitting a program budget to their OGE Advisor so that, in conjunction with the Office of Student Financial Services, Georgetown University can arrange for the disbursement of Georgetown, federal, and state aid. Students on Independent Petition programs must meet with their OGE Advisor to review their program budget sheet and to discuss which charges will be billed to their Georgetown accounts and which will be paid directly to the host institution or program provider. In some cases, additional fees such as housing may not be billed until after the normal payment period when OGE has received the bill from the provider or host university.
What is Georgetown's refund policy for study abroad?
Students must notify the Office of Global Education in writing should they opt to withdraw from a study abroad program.
Refund policy for semester and full-year programs:
Students who withdraw a nomination to a semester or full-year program prior to the beginning of their program and after accepting placement by signing the Program Acceptance Form will be assessed a placement and processing fee of $300 and will be responsible for any non-recoverable program expenses incurred overseas on their behalf by Georgetown University, the host university, or the program provider.
Students who withdraw from study abroad after the program's start date will be issued a refund that is calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing. Tuition refunds will be calculated in accordance with the Main Campus tuition refund periods listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. The Office of Global Education will refund 100% of recoverable costs. No refunds will be given for non-recoverable expenses and the Education Abroad Insurance fee. Georgetown University and the Office of Global Education are not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student, including but not limited to: passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.
Students who do not accept their nomination and decide to defer their study abroad experience until the next semester will not be charged the placement and processing fee. If a student does not end up studying abroad during the next semester, he/she will be assessed the $300 placement and processing fee.
Refund policy for political evacuation and natural disasters:
An exception to the Georgetown refund/withdrawal policy is made when the Office of Global Education declares that a "crisis" exists and will affect a study abroad program. Please reference the Undergraduate Bulletin for the full text of this policy.
Refund policy for cancellation of programs:
Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.
Please note: The Director of the Office of Global Education has discretion to waive fees in the case of student illness, family emergency, poor academic performance, failure to complete language requirements or any other case where a waiver is determined to be appropriate.
How do I access surplus financial aid funds?
Depending on your financial aid package, you may have surplus financial aid after paying your GU bill. If that is the case, you can request these funds to help cover additional costs incurred abroad. To request a refund, login to myaccess to place an official request. Instructions for requesting a refund are found on the Office of Student Account's website.
For a refund to be disbursed, the Office of Student Accounts must confirm that a surplus exists. This normally does not occur until after the add/drop period on campus: late September (full-year and fall-only participants) or late January (spring-only participants). Therefore, students should be aware that they will not be able to access these funds before the specified dates. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their Financial Aid Counselor early in the process if they have concerns about financial aid overage disbursement.