How much should I budget?

  • Students participating in an Exchange pay their regular or comparable UBC tuition. Students on Exchange are required pay for 15 UBC credits for each semester on Exchange.
  • Global Seminar Program fees vary and are listed on the program pages, but usually include meals, accommodations, and other expenses.
  • There are no additional fees beyond the Go Global Fee if you are conducting Self-directed Research Abroad.
  • Some Research Abroad programs have an additional fee, which is listed on the program page.

The amount of money required for Exchange varies greatly from country to country and from student to student.

Beyond program fees and tuition, only you can determine how much money you will need while you’re away.

Your financial requirements will vary depending on your individual goals, the cost of living in your host country, and your personal preferences.

Preparing a budget

The following are some steps you can take to prepare a budget for your international learning experience:

  • Download our estimated budget worksheet – update it as your plans evolve with the information you source on actual costs for your Go Global experience.
  • Read student reports for their personal accounts of costs and money-saving tips.
  • Connect with returned participants through our Student Directory – ask how much it costs for day-to-day expenses like food, laundry, transportation, and coffee.
  • Search travel guides and the web.
  • Consider your ideal lifestyle while abroad. What are your spending habits at home? Will the same habits apply abroad? Can you adapt to spending less? Are there expenses you can do without?
  • If you want to explore the region you’ll be in, will you prefer to travel by bus? By train? First class?
  • Consider contacting a travel agent to help you determine some of your costs in advance.

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