Costs for the GW Global Bachelors Program should be similar in most ways to continuing with a degree taught entirely on campus. Tuition fees will be the same as if you were on campus for each semester and, like other GW students participating in study abroad, financial aid will travel for overseas semesters. While there is no on-campus housing fee for the semesters which participating students are overseas, each GW program has a study abroad tier fee which generally covers both housing and the administrative costs of the program.
Airfare: One of the primary additional expenses for study abroad is the cost of airfare. However, for the Shanghai Semester, the cost of roundtrip economy airfare to China will be included in the Global Bachelors Program. For the second and third terms abroad, students will be responsible for their own airfare.
Visa/Immigration Fees: Almost all overseas destinations require students to have a visa or other immigration document to study or intern abroad. These fees generally range between $50-150 per program.
Meals: Meals are generally not included in study abroad program fees unless students choose a program with a homestay option. These costs can range from being quite inexpensive, in the developing world, to more expensive than Washington in global capitals like London or Tokyo.
Books: Generally books are not included in program fees. They do, however, tend to be much less expensive than books in the US. Plan to spend approximately $100 per semester on books and materials.
Personal Travel: By far the largest expense that most students incur during study abroad is their own personal travel. This will obviously vary based on your own planning, but students report that they often spend approximately $1,000 per semester on personal travel.