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Create a budget for yourself using this calculator. Select your destination and program and let us help you figure out how much you should save before heading off to study abroad!

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Study abroad has a bad rap for being expensive -- but it doesn't have to be. Yes, you could rack up enough expenses to meet the claimed $31,000 per semester average, but you could also manage to pay as little as $5,000 for a short-term study abroad experience.

It all depends on where you go, how you do it, whether or not you take advantage of discounts and scholarships, and for how long you study abroad. No matter what, the main costs you'll have to think about are:

  1. Tuition / program fees
  2. Basic living costs
  3. Flights
  4. Accommodation if it's not included in your program
  5. Money to cover additional travel

Awhile back, we broke down the costs of study abroad living expenses in the 10 most popular study abroad destinations. Today, though, we'll be taking it a step further and piecing together a total price tag based on the above.

How to Use This Guide

On this page, you'll find an estimate for how much a study abroad semester costs in 10 of the most popular destinations. For each, you can learn more about airfare, tuition, and living costs by clicking on each country's guide. For a more personalized budget, use our student budget calculator (above).

The cost of studying abroad in 10 popular countriesCost of study abroad in England

1. England

The total price of a semester in England could run you as low as $14,200 if you're super thrifty and score a cheap flight, to $30,000 (or more if you're heading to Cambridge). Most students will fall somewhere in between.

Learn more about study abroad costs in England.

Cost of study abroad in Italy

2. Italy

If you enroll directly at a university, you could pay as little as $7,700 for a semester abroad. However, most students will spend around $17,050 - $32,000 for a single semester (the wide range mostly being due to program fees).

Learn more about study abroad costs in Italy.

Cost of study abroad in Spain

3. Spain

Totaling everything up, a semester in Spain could set you back anywhere from $9,600 - $32,000. Like Italy, the wide range is largely due to tuition and whether or not you choose to study directly through a university or not.

Learn more about study abroad costs in Spain.

Cost of study abroad in France

4. France

Extremely thrifty students who direct enroll could get away with $5,500 but $8,665 is more average. A semester with a third party provider could cost as much as $33,215 with a more typical spend of around $20,000 - $25,000.

Learn more about study abroad costs in France.

Cost of study abroad in China

5. China

Studying in China is one of the most affordable choices since both tuition and cost of living are quite low. In total, a full semester could set you back about $5,500 - $17,200 -- depending on the program.

Learn more about study abroad costs in China.

Cost of study abroad in Germany

6. Germany

In general, studying in Germany is cheap. It could cost you from $5,550 with direct enrollment to $20,000 with a program provider. Since tuition fees are just a few hundred dollars in Germany, direct enrolling can save heaps.

Learn more about study abroad costs in Germany.

Cost of study abroad in Australia

7. Australia

The total price of a semester in Australia could run you as low as $15,000 if you find a low-cost program and good flight deal, to well over $26,000 if you’re direct enrolling at a more costly university and can't find a cheap flight.

Learn more about study abroad costs in Australia.

Cost of study abroad in Ireland

8. Ireland

Studying in Ireland is one of the most affordable choices in an English speaking country, setting you back about $11,565 to $24,726. Like elsewhere, direct enrollment tends to be cheaper and the overall cost of living in Ireland is fairly low.

Learn more about study abroad costs in Ireland.

Cost of study abroad in Costa Rica

9. Costa Rica

Directly enrolling at a Costa Rican university for a semester could cost as little as $6,700 -- especially since flights from North America are pretty affordable. If you go with one of the more costly program providers, a semester will more likely cost around $16,000, which is still less than other destinations on this list.

Learn more about study abroad costs in Costa Rica.

Cost of study abroad in Japan

10. Japan

Studying in Japan can vary greatly in cost, ranging from $9,615 for a direct enrollment to $25,000 for a more expensive institution. As for cost of living, it falls in the middle of the countries on this list -- much more expensive than China or Germany but a little less so than Italy.

Learn more about study abroad costs in Japan.

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Jessie Beck

A Washington DC native, Jessie Beck studied in Dakar and Malta, taught in Costa Rica, and volunteered with the Peace Corps in Madagascar before ending up at Go Overseas as Editor / Content Marketing Director. Find her on her personal blog, Beat Nomad.