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Budgeting Abroad

One of the most frequently asked, and one of the most difficult questions to answer is, “How much money will I need to study abroad?”

In general, students will spend differently while studying abroad as they do at home, since there are new things to do and see, and costs may be higher.  It is also common for students to spend the most money during the first few weeks while getting used to a new life abroad (and understanding the value of the foreign currency!). Soon, you will learn to seek out the restaurants and shops for your budget.  Keep in mind that many places offer student discounts—keep your International Student ID (ISIC) card handy! Students will receive their ISIC cards during pre-departure orientation. Find out more about it here.

It is always helpful to have a budget planned before going abroad. Keep these factors in mind while planning your budget:

1. Tuition and Housing: For Webster students, tuition charges and housing are applied to their student account. Webster students qualify for and receive financial aid while abroad the same as they would if remaining in St. Louis (with the exception of Federal Work Study Funds).

2. Exchange rates: The dollar may be weaker or stronger than the local currency, and can fluctuate rapidly.

3. Food: If you are living in student housing, you will be responsible for your own meals.  Eating out all the time can get pricey, but students will have cooking facilities available. Search recipes for quick and cheap meal ideas, investigate markets around your city to see who offers the best prices, and plan group meals with other students.

4. Entertainment: Remember, you do not need to experience everything in the first week you are abroad!  You will have several weeks to explore your new city - there's no need to spend your entire budget right away! The more you travel, shop, and eat out, the more you will spend. Many students choose to make use of their time abroad to visit other cities and countries. Check out budget airlines, or train and bus prices. Finding other students who wish to go to the same location can help split costs. Figure out which locations are the best for your budget and schedule.

5. Personal items: Be sure to remember the little costs that apply to everyday living: Don’t forget to factor in shampoo, soap, toiletries, laundry, clothing, etc. into your budget.

We encourage you to contact study abroad alumni to get an idea on what other students have spent and ask for money-saving tips.

Students can research the cost of living in the destination city to see how prices differ from home.  Investigate sites such as the Comparative Cost of Living Index.