This is the cost of instruction overseas and any inclusions. Each budget itemizes exactly what is included in the program fee. Some program fees may include housing, linens, meals, and/or excursions depending on the program. SUNY International Health Insurance, including Medical Evacuation and Repatriation is included in your program fee. Participants always pay the program fee to the campus administering your program.
All SUNY Cortland study abroad programs grant academic credit, therefore you will be billed for applicable tuition and any related fees (college, technology, and transcript).
These are realistic estimated costs associated with the program. They generally include expenditures that are not included in the program fee such as flight, spending money, meals, entertainment, and/or travel while abroad. Although these are not billed, students should plan to have these funds available.
If program costs are unclear, please contact the International Programs Office for assistance.
Determine your needs and interests. Compare the features and costs of various programs to find the best match. Various factors that influence the total cost of participating in a study abroad program include:
Once you know the costs, set a budget and stick to it. If you are getting outside support, itemize your list and determine what you can pay for and where you will need help.
Set priorities. Try to put aside $$ from your paycheck and deposit funds into a separate study abroad account (pay yourself for studying abroad first). Choose to work longer hours or get a part-time job for additional funds towards study abroad. Postpone the purchase of that big ticket item you were considering and use funds for your study abroad program instead.
Fundraising will help to make your trip more affordable. If you select a program that helps achieve your long-term goals, it will be easier to solicit funds from external sources. Keep in mind that local, regional and national groups, as well as individuals, are all possible contributors. They include:
Direct, informal appeals often work best. Be specific on how you intend to spend the funds (airfare, program fee, tuition, personal travel, special projects, etc.). Include a photo of yourself with your request so that the receiver will establish a personal connection with you.
Make donating as easy as possible (cash or check) or set up a personal fundraising website like GoFundMe, FundMyTravel, or Indigogo. You will be more likely to get an actual donation rather than a promise to donate, and don’t be afraid to follow up if you haven’t received a response. Enthusiasm, creativity, and perseverance on your part - and not fearing rejection in some instances - will likely take you a long way. Remember every little bit helps!
In exchange for your financial support, you should pledge to "give something back," such as regular updates while you are abroad.
Confidence and perseverance! Keep careful records of who supported you and the amount. Be sure to express your appreciation for their support. Your energy and enthusiasm for an international experience will be contagious! Good luck!