Budgeting Basics

Budget worksheet

All students must complete a Budget Worksheet for their individual program, as part of the application for studying abroad. This worksheet will indicate both to our office and to the Office of Financial Aid your estimated cost of attendance at the institution abroad. Cost of attendance is calculated based on tuition and fees, room and board, travel, personal expenses, and books and supplies. Keep in mind that living costs abroad may be more or less expensive than those while at Rice, so cost will vary based on type of academic program, destination, length of program and other factors.

Please fill out the Budget Worksheet to the best of your knowledge and submit it by the application deadline as part of your Rice Study Abroad application. Your study abroad advisor can assist you if you have questions while filling out the worksheet.

Study abroad billing

All Rice students who study abroad will be charged a Student Activities Fee (for semester and academic year students only) and a Rice Enrollment Continuance Fee. These fees will be charged to the student's account by the Cashier's Office. For inquiries regarding student accounts, please contact the Cashier's Office. Rice Study Abroad does not charge an application fee.

Students studying via an exchange program at one of our partner institutions will pay Rice tuition just as they would if they were studying on campus, and will be billed accordingly. All other fees will be paid directly to the host institution.

Students studying on direct enrollment or third-party provider programs will pay the host university/program provider directly for tuition and all fees, and will not pay tuition, room and board to Rice. Keep in mind you will be responsible for some payments ahead of your program such as a deposit, roundtrip airfare, and any visa fees. Note your deposit is not an additional cost, rather the first payment for your program (typically non-refundable) to confirm your commitment. Please consult the specific program for fees and billing details.