For all VU-affiliated study abroad programs, students pay tuition directly to Valparaiso University. Students and their families can keep the same payment plan with the Office of Financial Aid during the term a student is abroad. Most VU scholarship and financial aid will apply towards the tuition, with the exception of scholarships that require students to be on campus. For individual financial aid questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
San Jose, Costa Rica
|Semester at VU
| General Fee
| Center Fee
|Dorm Fee||2,782||2,782||2,782||2,782||2,782 (standard double)|
|Subtotal (Billed through VU - Financial Aid & scholarships apply)||20,157*||20,157*||20,157*||19,457*||18,907*|
Int'l Student ID card
|Books & Supplies||50||50||50||200||600|
|Total (Fixed and Estimated)||25,417*||24,917*||23,257*||21,367*||21,852*|
Optional add-on costs
Additional travel & misc.
| Britrail Pass
| Eurail Pass
||596 for 10 days in two months, recommended for Cambridge participants||
1116 for unlimited travel in two months, recommended for Reutlingen participants
|Total (Fixed, Estimated, Extra Travel||27,762||27,533||24,257||21,867||21,852|
Students pay VU tuition and the general fee to Valparaiso University for the semester or year abroad. The VU administered study abroad programs include a study abroad program fee ($550-1250 USD) that goes towards cultural excursions and social activities arranged throughout the term abroad.
All students pay a $50.00 Acceptance Fee upon admission into a study abroad program. All participants are required to purchase a $26.80 International Student Identification Card which serves as a second form of photo-ID and a student-discount card (which also includes minimal emergency assistance - See section on Health & Safety for more information).
Students pay housing directly to Valparaiso University for the following programs: Cambridge, England; Reutlingen, Germany; Hangzhou, China; Kansai-Gaidai, Japan; Windhoek, Namibia and Puebla, Mexico.
For all other programs, housing costs are paid directly to the program provider.
Since students will not be buying a meal plan at Valparaiso University (only exception is Kansai-Gaidai, Japan) for the term abroad, most students will have approximately $1,400-1,700 USD already budgeted to spend towards personal expenses abroad.
Students should reference program-specific information for recommendations on personal spending amounts. These expenses vary widely from country to country, as the cost of living is different around the world. Furthermore, students should budget for flexibility in changing exchange rates for the country they are visiting.
Many students wish to take advantage of the many travel opportunities during an academic term abroad. Travel estimates will vary depending on the interests of each participant and desired locations.
All students can consult with the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the various costs estimates as well as seek guidance on developing a budget for the term abroad. A Financial Aid Counselor can help students identify extra sources of funding.