Financing Study Away

Stanford is committed to providing all undergraduates the opportunity to study away with BOSP, regardless of financial circumstances.

Quick Facts

  • Apart from airfare and personal travel expenses, the basic cost of studying with BOSP is close to the cost of remaining on campus.
  • Tuition remains the same.
  • Instead of on-campus room and board, students are charged an Overseas Fee, equivalent to mid-level housing and a 19-meal plan, which covers lodging, meals, and program activities.
  • Transportation and personal expenses will vary for each student.
  • Specific information about typical expenses will be available in the orientation materials distributed the quarter prior to departure.
  • Student Ambassadors and other recently returned students are good sources of information for developing a personal budget.
  • Since participants of BOSP remain registered at Stanford, financial aid continues uninterrupted. The Financial Aid Office automatically adjusts aid packages in accordance with differences in travel and personal expenses while abroad, and with consideration for a student’s inability to work while out of the country. Please consult the Financial Aid Office website for more details.
  • A separate program cost applies for the participants in the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. See below for more details.

Cost Breakdown – Quarter Length Programs

Approximate Costs per Quarter
Overseas 2020-21* (including 10 week Summer quarter)
  Approximate Costs per Quarter
On-Campus 2020-21
Tuition $18,491 Tuition $18,491
Overseas Fee (includes room & board) $5,548 Housing $3,575
    Meal Plan $1,973
Books & Supplies $485 Books & Supplies $485
Travel Costs (average) $1,100 Student Fees $665
TOTAL: $25,624 TOTAL: $25,189

* A separate fee applies for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

KCJS Approximate Costs, 2020-21

As of September 1, 2020, costs for the KCJS consortium program during the 2020-21 academic year are still being determined. The information in the table below shows 2019-20 costs and will be updated when information is known.

This is a consortium program administered by Columbia University. The Program Fee covers housing, some meals, program activities and trips and student services. For students in homestays, the Program Fee covers three meals every day: breakfast and dinner with the homestay family, and a daily lunch allowance. Those living in apartments will receive the same daily lunch allowance, but must provide for their own breakfasts and dinners. The estimated miscellaneous include medical costs, social activities, personal travels and incidental expenses. The actual spending will depend on individual student’s life style and own spending habits. The estimates below are from the KCJS program and are not Stanford estimates.

Expenses Fall Semester (14 Weeks) Spring Semester (14 Weeks)
Tuition $17,619 $35,238
Program Fee $5,500 $5,500
Travel Costs (Average) $1,500 $1,500
Estimated Meals $200 – $600 per month $200 – $600 per month
Estimated Local Transport $150 per month $150 per month
Estimated Miscellaneous $600 per month $600 per month
Visa Fees Varies by citizenship and the service utilized Varies by citizenship and the service utilized
Estimated Books Varies Varies

Financial Resources

  • Student Jobs: Regulations governing a student’s ability to work vary from country to country. In many cases it is not possible. You may consult the staff at each location for specific information.
  • Emergency Loans: While abroad with Stanford, you may request an emergency loan for unexpected medical bills, delayed checks, or other unforeseen financial need. These are handled directly through the specific program and must be repaid before returning to Stanford.
  • Research Grants: Undergraduate Research offers several grants that can assist with conferences and independent research projects. In some cases, these grants can nicely overlap or bookend a student's time abroad. To learn more about these grants please visit the, "Explore Undergraduate Research Student Grants" page.
  • Other Resources: Some funding may be available from outside sources. The Overseas Resource Center, located in Bechtel International Center, is a good source of information on such opportunities. It should be noted, however, that the Financial Aid Office will recalculate award packages to offset external funding.