This may sound obvious, but getting outside of Europe for your study abroad will bring down the costs dramatically. China, being the most popular non-European study abroad destination, is also significantly more affordable (not to mention, it'll be a very unique study abroad experience!)
How much can you expect to spend in tuition for a semester in China?
For tuition alone, a semester in China will run about $2,100 - $13,800 per semester -- pretty similar to (or even cheaper than) most American university's tuition.
Tuition for direct enrollment for a semester at:
- Peking University: Undergraduate Program - Humanities Subject: $4090/Year. Science Subjects: $4,719/Year
- Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: BA in China Studies: $12,500/ semester (2016/2017)
- Study Abroad Programs with Shanghai Jiao Tong University: $2,100/ semester (2015/2016)
- XJTLU: Doctoral and Ph.D. Programs: $6,292/ semester (2015/2016)
Tuition for a semester with a program provider:
- ISA Study Abroad in Shanghai, China: $11,900 (Spring 2016)
- USAC China: Chengdu: $4,880 (Spring 2016)
How much does it cost to live in China for a semester?
Some super thrifty students have said they were able to get by with spending as little as $1,000 on living expenses (that's roughly $250 per month) while in China. However, it's better to budget a little more generously, around $1,500 - $1,900 for the semester. Rent will cost about $1,200 - $2,100 for the entire semester.
|Monthly rent||$306 - $540 for a one-bedroom apartment|
|Utilities||About $53 per month|
|Cell phone||About $20 per month|
|Local transportation||Monthly pass: about $16|
|Total||Expect to spend about $2,200 - 3,200 for one semester in China after airfare and program fees.|
|Source: China Numbeo|
What's the average price of a flight to China?
Surprisingly, flights to China are pretty comparable to flights to Europe; ranging from $550 - $900 round trip (obviously, for this one, those of us on the West Coast will spend less!)
How much does it cost to study abroad for a semester in China?
Studying in China is one of the most affordable choices, setting you back about $5,500 - $17,200 depending on the program and airfare. Overall, cost of living will be very cheap -- even if you have to find your own apartment!
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