Funding and Costs

How much does it cost to study abroad? It depends on a number of things, such as the program you choose and where you go. It may not cost as much as you think...

Exchange

Are exchange students eligible for funding?

UNDERGRADUATE: The funding opportunities below may involve eligibility criteria such as a CGPA and minimum unit enrollment. This chart highlights which funding opportunities are generally available to undergraduate students participating in a SFU Study Abroad program. Undergraduate students should discuss their eligibility and opportunities for funding with SFU Financial Aid and Awards. More information regarding funding as an undergraduate exchange student can be found here.

GRADUATE: Graduate students should consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office regarding scholarships and awards. Graduate students can contact SFU Financial Aid and Awards for inquiries regarding bursaries and loans.

* Information on U.S. Direct Loan.

How much does an exchange cost?

This is intended as a reference for you to compare the high and low costs in various cities/countries. Please use the Budget Planning Worksheet to research areas of interest to you and to estimate your costs based on your preferred lifestyle.

Since living costs will be paid abroad, the cost of exchange varies greatly depending on where you decide to go. Aside from the flight, it is mostly the cost of living abroad that determines how expensive (or not) your exchange term will be.

For example, an exchange term in Taipei will usually cost significantly less than an exchange term in Paris, simply due to the cost of living. Vancouver has a very high cost of living, so many destinations will seem less expensive than what you are used to. However, your costs may increase if you decide to travel or socialize more on exchange than you would here at SFU.

See the Exchange Budget Planning Worksheet  for a detailed breakdown of the various costs you will need to consider. To see what past exchange students have spent on their exchange, see our Exchange Student Reports and Questionnaires.

Use a currency converter to determine the costs in CAD.

Disclaimer:

Tuition is at the “Normal and Course Challenge” rate per unit and international/domestic rates apply (the rate below is based on domestic tuition for the 2019 year). Full-time undergraduate exchange tuition is based on 12 SFU units and part-time exchanges are based on the maximum units available for the program, generally 8 units or less.

*These costs are estimates in CAD for one term of exchange and will vary depending on exchange rates and students’ lifestyle while abroad. These costs also do NOT include personal expenses such as entertainment, additional travel, other insurance, inoculations/medications, contingency, and immigration documents as these costs will vary by individual. Keep in mind that these costs have not been included for the costs at SFU or the host location. The included costs were sourced from a variety of places including host institutions' websites and resources, tourism resources, international student recruitment sites, and host city public transit websites.

**It is necessary to have travel medical insurance. The low costs indicating $0 is for students who already have sufficient travel health insurance through their own, their parents’, or their partners’ extended health benefits.

 

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Field School

Are field school students eligible for funding?

UNDERGRADUATE: The funding opportunities below may involve eligibility criteria such as a CGPA and minimum unit enrollment. This chart highlights which funding opportunities are generally available to undergraduate students participating in a SFU Study Abroad program. Undergraduate students should discuss their eligibility and opportunities for funding with SFU Financial Aid and Awards. More information regarding funding as an undergraduate exchange student can be found here.

GRADUATE: Graduate students should consult the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office regarding scholarships and awards. Graduate students can contact SFU Financial Aid and Awards for inquiries regarding bursaries and loans.

* Information on U.S. Direct Loan.

** Visiting students may contact fiassist@sfu.ca for funding inquiries.

How much does a field school cost?

You pay your tuition and student fees to SFU. You also pay a program fee that covers the a lot of your costs for the duration of the program; specific details are posted on the page for each field school. The program fees for field schools vary depending on your field school destination, what is included, and how long they run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even if studying abroad does cost more than a regular term at SFU, there is much evidence suggesting that the investment pays off.

There are also a wide range of ways to fund your study abroad .