Resources and Costs to Consider

There are a variety of resources available to students who are studying abroad. Students should also visit the Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information. Check out the information below to start planning and budgeting your study abroad program!


The following information does not constitute an endorsement, expressed or implied by Lamar University.

The Study Abroad Student Handbook was developed "To address the current worldwide concern for safety, and the need for informed study abroad program participants, the Safety Abroad First-Educational Travel Information (SAFETI) Clearinghouse of the Center for Global Education makes the following safety resource guide available for students studying abroad. This document is made possible through support from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education."

Costs to Consider

Program Fee

When traveling on a short-term, faculty-led study abroad program, one of the first things most people look at is the program fee. This fee always includes the cost of accommodations, ground transportation in country, most excursions, and international health insurance. It usually, but not always, includes meals, visa (if required), and international airfare. Every program is different and you will need to see if the program you are interested in is all-inclusive or not. 


For short-term, faculty-led programs, tuition is not included in the program fee. The cost of tuition is reflective of how many credit hours a student chooses to take on their study abroad program. Information on tuition can be found here.

International Airfare

If the international airfare is included in the student's study abroad program, the Office of Study Abroad will book the flights on behalf of the students. In this case, the students and faculty fly as a group on the same flight to their host country and back. However, if international airfare is not included in a student's study abroad program, it will be the responsibility of the student to book their flights. The Office of Study Abroad will decide which flight we believe is best for the program and will notify students. We will be happy to assist you in booking your flight if you have questions or concerns.


All students studying abroad will need to have a current and valid passport in order to travel. It is the student's responsibility to apply for and obtain their passport. Passports can be obtained through the U.S. Department of State and information is available online. The Office of Study Abroad has also created a Passport How To, which makes applying for your passport easier. The process can take around 6 weeks and it is recommended that students apply/renew* their passport well in advance of their program. If your program includes international airfare, we will need your passport number in order to book your flight. You can also find more information about international travel and obtaining your passport on the Travel, Health, and Safety page.

*You will need to renew your passport if it expires within 6 months of your travel to your host country. Renewing your passport is easy and generally only takes 4 weeks to process.

Semester Exchange

Students studying abroad through an international partner institution will pay tuition and fees to Lamar University, the same way they would as if they were taking classes on campus. Additional costs to consider are airfare, dormitory, meal plan, and spending money for the semester. Sometimes the cost of living in another country is cheaper and sometimes it is more expensive. Research the host country before traveling to learn more about the currency they use and the conversion with USD$.

Self-projected Budget

"Self–projected Budget" will help you plan for all of the expenses related to study abroad.

If you need to insure the total value of your trip, check plans and prices with various companies before making your final selection: