Funding Your Program


Budgeting & Expenses


We would like to make note of the fact that ISA provides the following list of estimated expenses as a guide. As each student and program is different, so are the expenses. The ISA program cost includes items such as tuition and fees, housing, insurance, and more. Please see specific program descriptions for details. 

Use ISA's Cost Comparison Worksheet to take a closer look at your budget and to see how a term abroad will compare to a term at your home university.

Please click here to access a the Additional Expenses page. For students participating in an ISA Internship program, please click here to be directed to the Internship Additional Expenses page.

  • Books & Supplies

    We estimate that students should expect to spend the following amounts on books and course materials:

    Summer $50
    Semester/Trimester $100
    Year $200
    Germany $0 (included)
    Ireland per semester $200
    Greece per semester $250
    France ABSP; Italy per semester $350
    FSU Valencia per semester $375
  • Personal Expenses

    For each program we anticipate that students may expect to spend additional funds for incidentals such as toiletries, snacks bought outside the home, taxi and bus fares and other miscellaneous items. ISA site-specific materials for students may differ from this amount, but this is an estimated amount for budgeting/financial aid purposes.

    Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Morocco $100/week
    Argentina; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Peru; Scotland; South Africa; Spain $125/week
    England; France; Italy; Netherlands $175/week
  • Airfare

    Flights are not included in any ISA program cost. The estimated cost for airfare from the US to each of our arrival countries is listed below.

    Colombia; Costa Rica $775
    Brazil; Chile, Czech Republic; England; France; Germany; Greece; Italy; Ireland; Netherlands; Peru; Scotland; Spain $1200
    Argentina; Morocco $1500
    South Africa $2000
  • Travel Expenses

    Passports and Student Visas are not included and vary by country. The approximate costs are listed below.

    Passport (new/renewal) $165
    Student Visa/Residency Permit                                                        $50-$600
    Entrance Fee or Departure Fee $10-$150
    Immunizations/Medical Exams varies
    Additional Travel varies
  • Meals

    Meals are not included in the following sites. Housing options vary by site and actual budgets for meals can vary widely by housing-type and individual participant’s eating habits. The approximate additional costs are listed below.

    Czech Republic; Greece; Netherlands $100/week
    Ireland; Scotland $100/week
    South Africa $100/week
    Italy $125/week
    England $175/week

    Some meals are not included in the housing for the following sites. Housing options vary by site and actual budgets for meals can vary widely by housing-type and individual participant’s eating habits. The approximate additional costs are listed below.

    Barranquilla, Colombia $35/week
    Lima, Peru $40/week
    Costa Rica $45/week
    Argentina; Brazil; France $50/week
    Reading, England $60/week
    Barcelona, Spain $70/week
    Germany $100/week

Financial Aid Calculation Tool (FACT)

Confused by all these options? Use our Financial Aid Calculation Tool (FACT) below.

* Disclaimer: These details do not apply to students from a select number of US universities which ISA bills directly. These figures have the potential to change. This tool should be used for initial calculation purposes only. A VOA submitted by the due date which confirms funds payable to ISA directly will also affect these details. Please read through the Paying with Financial Aid materials and contact the ISA office regarding specific questions.
Step 1

Program Cost


Application Deposit

Total =  $0

Step 2

Are you going to be paying the full cost out of pocket or are you using Financial Aid?

You Owe ISA

$ 0

Please pay by final forms and payment due date as listed on website

Step 3

Will Financial Aid cover all program cost?

Expected amount of Financial Aid


Step 4

Please select the term you are studying:

You Owe ISA
Down Payment

$ 5000

Financial Aid
Amount Due to ISA:

$ 0

* Check for the remainder of your balance, to be deposited immediately by ISA. Only an estimated amount and does not include such items as housing deposit, optional excursions, etc.

* Amount due to ISA based on the award amount listed on your Verification of Award (VOA), which will need to be paid on your ISA Student Portal once your financial aid funds have been released to you.

Please note: Students opting for apartments or independent housing with no meals, should budget accordingly.


ISA is happy to offer the option of a payment plan for participants and their families who need more time to make payment arrangements. There is a $25 fee for the plan, which should be arranged by the payment due date for the ISA program. The program price is typically divided into three payment installments. The first payment is due by the payment due date of the program, with the last payment due no later than two weeks before the start of the program.

Please contact the appropriate ISA Program Manager or to set up a payment plan. Students will also have access to a Payment Plan Request Form in their ISA Student Portal.


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