Study Abroad: Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal

Program Costs and Payments:

If you are accepted into a study abroad program, you will receive an automated email from the UW Study Abroad Office, giving you the option to commit to the program. Within a week or two of committing, you will receive another automated email notifying you that a payment contract has been uploaded to your account on the Study Abroad website.

  • You must print, sign, and deliver this contract to the UW Study Abroad office within two weeks of receipt. This is a legally-binding document that obliges you to make payments according to the schedule on the contract. 
  • The total Program Fee may change up until the point that payment contracts are issued. Before signing your contract, make sure you understand the program costs and payment schedule as stated in the contract. These may differ slightly from the projected budgets on our website. Do not submit this contract until you are confident that you can pay for the program fees and all associated costs!
  • Payments: the Program Fee, as well as an additional, non-refundable $350 UW Study Abroad Fee, is due on approximately the same day that tuition is due for the quarter in which the program takes place. These charges will appear on your MyUW account, just as regular tuition and fees do. Program Fees for Early Fall programs will be assessed in Autumn (after your program).

The CHID Admin Fee

The Program Fee, as listed on our website, includes a $300 charge ($350 effective Summer 2017) that goes toward the CHID Administrative Fee. This fee will be itemized on your payment contract.

Because the CHID International Office is not supported by tuition or other state funds, the CHID Administrative Fee is the sole source of funding for all of our activities, including organizing the programs, recruiting participants, assisting faculty, organizing pre-departure and post-return classes and events, working closely with CHID faculty and staff to integrate the programs with our on-campus curriculum, and, of course, providing advice for students.

Other Costs

In addition to the Program Fee and the UW Study Abroad Fee, participants are responsible for additional personal expenses, including (but not limited to):

  • Airfare
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance ($2/day; required for all students) 
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals (some programs include meal plans; check with your Program Director)
  • Visa fees
  • Mobile phone costs
  • Transportation for personal activities

The UW Study Abroad Office can provide you with a budget of estimated expenses for your program. Keep in mind that each student has different needs and preferences, and yours will affect your actual budget!

Cost comparison:

It does cost more to study abroad than to study here at home (assuming in-state tuition), but the difference is not as great as you might think! Here's a comparison of the projected costs of studying in Seattle versus going on a CHID Study Abroad program to Prague. Keep in mind that costs will vary depending on your destination.

UW Spring 2017 CHID Prague Spring 2017
In-state tuition - $3,584 Program Fee - $5,700
Room / Board - $4,875 Books & Materials - $150
Books - $275 Housing - included
Personal expenses - $755 Food - $2,500
Transportation - $138 Local transportation - $150
  Roundtrip Airfare - $1,500
  Passport - $110
  Personal Expenses - $1,500
  UW Study Abroad Fee - $350
  Mandatory Health Insturance - $140
Total - $9,627 Total - $12,000

 

Withdrawal Costs and Procedures

  • Once you've submitted your contract, the $350 UW Study Abroad fee (due at the beginning of the quarter) will be charged whether or not you attend the program. In addition, you will be charged $100 as a partial CHID Administrative Fee.
  • You may be responsible for additional costs, depending on when you withdraw. There is a withdrawal schedule on your payment contract. The later you withdraw, the more you must pay. 
  • To withdraw, submit a withdrawal request form to the UW Study Abroad Office. The official withdrawal date will be the date this form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office.
  • You must also notify the CHID International Programs Office at chidint@uw.edu of your intent to withdraw.

Financial Aid

  • Most forms of financial aid can be used on our programs.
  • You should contact the Financial Aid office to verify that your awards apply. Please be aware that awards for Summer quarter require a separate application and may be more restrictive than during the academic year.
  • Additional aid is available! Because the costs for attending classes abroad are usually higher than studying on campus, Federal Financial Aid recipients are usually eligible for additional financial aid. If you want to apply for additional financial aid during your study abroad, you can do so by submitting a revision request and a budget of student expenses (available from UW Study Abroad) to the Financial Aid office. Click here for details.
  • Washington state GET funds can be used for all of our programs. Click here for details.

Scholarships

  • CHID students on CHID study abroad programs are eligible for the CHID Study Abroad Scholarship.
  • In addition, see the UW Study Abroad scholarships webpage for more information on funding opportunities, including the Go! Scholarship and the Fritz scholarship. Another possibility for U.S. citizens who receive Pell Grants is the Gilman Scholarship, sponsored by the Institute of International Education.
  • You might also find it useful to look for non-UW scholarships on sites such as studyabroad.com.