Program expenses

Global Learning fee: $300

This fee is billed to students’ myWSU accounts when they participate in the program types listed below. This fee is not billed until the student has committed to participate in their program and the application deadline for the program has passed.

This fee is non-refundable. If a student withdraws from participating in their program after the program’s application deadline, this fee will still be owed. In such cases, the fee can be deferred to apply to a future term if the student decides to study abroad later. To facilitate this, email

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International insurance: $2.27 per day abroad

All WSU students traveling abroad for WSU-related activities (for-credit and non-credit) are required to have international health insurance coverage. WSU’s provider is On Call International. Students participating in the following program types are automatically enrolled in and billed for international insurance through On Call International:

To waive this insurance coverage, you must provide evidence of coverage from another source that is equal to or better than the coverage provided through WSU’s plan with On Call International. Waivers must be submitted and approved prior to program application deadlines to be considered.

Additional expenses by program type

Faculty-led & Cougs Abroad programs

Tuition, housing, and many other costs are included in the program fees billed to students’ myWSU accounts for faculty-led programs. Each program is unique, and costs vary significantly based on program location, length, included activities, etc. For more program-specific costs, refer to the program budget included with the program info in MyStudyAbroad. Each program-specific budget lists expenses paid directly to WSU, as well as estimated additional expenses (i.e., meals) not paid directly to WSU.

Exchange programs

All outgoing exchange students pay WSU tuition to attend their host universities abroad. Bilateral exchange participants pay campus fees directly to the host university and housing fees directly to the housing provider at the local rates. ISEP exchange participants pay room, board, and campus fees to WSU at WSU’s rates (using the average rate for WSU room and board costs).

Provider programs

Students participating in provider programs pay program fees directly to the provider instead of WSU tuition. Typically, the only expense paid to WSU when students participate in provider programs is the Global Learning fee (and international insurance for CIEE and SFS participants). Provider program fees typically include tuition, housing, student support, etc. To see everything that is and is not included in a program fee, refer to the program budget included on the provider’s website.

Professional programs

Students participating in professional programs pay WSU tuition. Additional program costs (e.g., housing) are highly variable depending on program location, length, etc.

Partnership programs

Students participating in partnership programs pay tuition directly to the partnered institution. Additional program costs (e.g., housing) are highly variable depending on program location, length, etc.

Additional external expenses

Passport ($130 – $165)

Study abroad participants should ensure their passports are valid for at least 6 months after their anticipated return date. A new first-time passport costs $165, and the cost of renewing a passport is $130. Make sure to submit any necessary applications and materials early as it often takes several weeks to receive your new passport.


Visa fees are dependent on the country(ies) you are traveling to and how long you will be there. Visit for country-specific information about visa requirements and fees.

International airfare

Airfare is rarely included in program costs. Students typically need to purchase their airfare separately in addition to whatever program costs are paid directly to WSU or other entities. Airfare should not be purchased until students are committed to participate and the program is confirmed.  

Personal expenses

Study abroad participants also budget for their own personal expenses during their time abroad, and budgeting needs vary highly from student to student. What types of souvenirs do you expect to purchase? How many? Do you want to travel to neighboring countries during your time abroad? Do you plan to eat out a lot? Make a budget and plan ahead to make the most of your time abroad.