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The cost of a study abroad semester is comparable to current education costs in the US, where an average semester at a public university costs $11,413. The approximate cost per semester to study abroad varies between $7,000 and $17,000 according to which university is chosen. See the example budgets listed below, showing the cost comparison between a university in the United States and a semester abroad in Chile. 

The cost of your semester overseas will be determined by your university’s program in that country. If you would like to serve in a country where your university does not have a program, CMF staff can help you enroll independently in the university overseas. You may email Exchange Program for help with enrollment and cost questions. The only fee associated with our program is a $200 deposit.

Sample of costs for a semester in a US university

Item Cost (In-State) Cost (Out-of-State)
Tuition $4,129 $13,781
Fees $1,200 $1,200
Books $600 $600
Housing $4,063 $4,063
Meals $1,500 $1,500
Parking  $352   $352
Gas  $400   $400
Cell Phone  $350   $350
 Total $12,594  $22,246

Sample of costs for a semester in a Chilean university

Item Cost
Tuition $3,600
Fees $300
Books $50
Housing $2,000
Meals $1,025
Transportation  $400
Airfare  $1,500
Cell Phone  $125
Pre-departure Costs $645
Total $9,645

It is important to consult with your university’s study abroad office for any information on financial aid or scholarships that may be given to study abroad students.