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What does study abroad cost?

Providence College uses a Home School Tuition Policy for semester and academic year study abroad. Students receive two bills for the study abroad semester: one from Providence College and one from the program provider. PC bills you for tuition and the Study Abroad Fee. Your program bills you for non-tuition costs, such as housing. Visit our Study Abroad Scholarships page for more information.

Semester study abroad students pay a $1000 study abroad fee. The first half of this fee comes in the form of a $500 (non-refundable) study abroad deposit paid electronically through CyberFriar (Cashnet), and due shortly after the student is accepted by PC to study abroad (between March 1 and May 1).  Students will pay this deposit via CyberFriar through electronic ACH. The remaining $500 of the study abroad fee will be billed with the student tuition during the student’s semester abroad.

Do I need to pay the program deposit?

Yes, the program deposit confirms your place in the program after you have been accepted. The deposit contributes to your non-tuition costs.

Does my financial aid go with me?

Yes! All merit and need-based financial aid you receive will be applied to your study abroad semester or academic year. This includes PC institutional aid, scholarships, grants, and loans. The only exception is any work study funds and athletic scholarships. For specific questions on your financial aid package, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 401-865-2286.

What about tuition exchange students?

Providence College students using the tuition exchange benefit are eligible to utilize that benefit while participating in approved abroad programs. Providence College will pay the tuition for the approved program abroad up to the Providence College tuition rate. Students who choose programs with a higher tuition cost will be charged the tuition difference between the program and PC. The tuition exchange benefit applies to tuition only. Students are still responsible for paying for room, board, and other fees assessed by their program provider. In addition, students on tuition exchange will be responsible for paying the $1000 semester study abroad fee.

Are there any scholarship options for study abroad?

Yes! Scholarships are available from a variety of sources. Students can apply for Providence College Santander Scholarships and scholarships from specific program providers. In addition the U.S. government and independent organizations offer scholarships. View the list of study abroad scholarships!

How expensive is it to live in my host country?

Students should check the currency exchange rate and the cost of living for their host country. This can help students learn what to expect to pay for different items and how this converts to American currency.

How will I access my money while abroad?

Many students choose to continue using their U.S. bank account and debit card when studying abroad. Be sure to notify your bank that you will be traveling. This will stop your card from being deactivated on suspicion of fraud. It is important to understand what you will be charged when using your card or withdrawing money from an ATM. It is also a good idea to have a credit card for big expenses and emergencies. Research your options for a card with no foreign transaction fees. Some students choose to open a bank account in their host country. However, this may not be possible or convenient depending on your location and duration of time abroad.