Study abroad programs offered by the University of Missouri-St. Louis vary widely in their costs and cost structures. Here is an overview of the cost structures for the various types of programs we offer:

Exchange Programs - Students pay UMSL tuition and receive UMSL credit. Tuition and billing is processed regularly as if the student were on campus. All additional expenses, such as airfare, room & board, and other fees are paid individually by the student to the respective university, organization, etc. All students must pay for mandatory insurance in full soon after acceptance.

Faculty-Led Programs - Students pay UMSL tuition and receive UMSL credit. Tuition and billing is processed regularly as if the student were on campus. Most faculty-led programs have an additional program fee due up front that may cover your additional expenses.  Mandatory insurance costs will likely be included in the program fee. Visit the program website to see exactly what's included in the fee. There are a few faculty-led programs that are treated like Affiliate program (Irish Studies in Galway, Summer in Florence, Business and German in Bremen).

Affiliate/Consortium Programs - Students pay a program fee that will cover tuition and possibly other expenses. Students earn transfer credit. Mandatory insurance costs will likely be included in the program fee. If not, students must pay for the insurance in full soon after acceptance. Visit the program website to see exactly what's included in the fee.

Non-UMSL programs - Tuition and fees are set by the sponsoring organization and students earn transfer credit. See the provider or host university's website to see what they include. All students must pay for mandatory insurance in full soon after acceptance.

Budget Sheets

Budget sheets provide you with a general idea of estimated minimal expenses for an individual program. You can find information on estimated expenses for each program on the individual program brochure.

  1. Visit the individual program brochure (under Program Search)
  2. Budget sheets are located under the university or program name and above the program dates, select the budget sheet for the term you are interested in.

A “billable” item is what will appear on your UMSL student account or what is due via check or money order to UMSL Study Abroad. A “non-billable” item is any expense that is not billed to your student account; they are estimates that may be incurred during your term abroad. Each program varies in what is included in its price and actual costs are subject to change. Additionally, cost may vary widely from student to student depending on spending habits.  

Budget Worksheets

Budget Worksheets are designed to help you compare the costs of study abroad against your costs here at UMSL and St. Louis or across programs. Completing this worksheet will help you to create a realistic budget.  As you do some research, you may notice that programs vary considerably in cost and features. 

Semester Programs Budget Worksheet 
Short Term Programs Budget Worksheet