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Studying abroad does not have to break the bank! The Study Abroad Office works to provide affordable programs to Clemson University students. The programs offered vary in cost, depending upon type of program, geographic location, duration, program inclusions, and the level of on-site support. For various program types and associated costs, please visit our Study Abroad Programs page. You can also discuss program costs and options with a Study Abroad Adviser.

If you receive financial aid at Clemson University, this aid can often be used to cover the costs of a study abroad experience, including scholarships, grants and loans. Students need to discuss their specific financial aid package with the Financial Aid office. Financial aid cannot be dispersed before the start of the regular semester at Clemson University. Therefore, for some programs, payments or deferments may need to be arranged until your financial aid has been released. Also, students who are participating in a summer program may have used their full financial aid allocation during the regular school year and may not have additional aid left (except for loans). Some additional scholarships are available specifically for study abroad students. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.

Study Abroad Fee

This fee is set by Clemson University and is mandatory for every student studying abroad. The Clemson study abroad fee is 10% of in-state tuition and applies to students who study abroad on both Clemson programs and non-Clemson programs. The study abroad fee contributes to the provision of services offered by the Office of Global Engagement and covers study abroad advising, registration, credit transfer evaluation, pre-departure orientations, record review and maintenance, contact while abroad, etc.

Study Abroad Fees for 2015-16:

  • Fall 2015:
    • $698, undergraduate
    • $415, graduate
    • $176, embedded
  • Spring 2016:
    • $698, undergraduate
    • $415, graduate
    • $176, embedded
  • Summer sessions: 10% in-state tuition (faculty-directed programs) or $349 (other programs)

Costs, Payments, and Refund Policies

  • Faculty-Directed Programs

    Each year, Clemson faculty members lead and direct study abroad programs at locations around the world. For the majority of these programs, you travel with CU faculty and take CU courses. You are registered for CU courses and receive a grade for these courses just as you would if you were on campus.

    Costs include Clemson tuition and fees, the study abroad fee, and other additional program fees/costs (for items such as accommodations, field trips, group transportation) which vary by program.  You pay a deposit for the program at the time you submit your application. The deposit is $250 for summer and fall break/spring break programs and $800 for semester programs. This deposit is credited toward the program fees. The Office of Global Engagement reserves the right to cancel any program, revise its offerings, or to make any adjustments to the preliminary cost estimates due to conditions beyond its control.

    Payments for tuition and fees, including any remaining balance for a program fee, are made through the student’s iROAR bill. The iROAR bill is payable on the regular Clemson schedule; for example, the bill for a summer faculty-directed program will appear at the same time as other Clemson University summer bills. Program deposits are made via credit or debit card through the Studio Abroad application system. The deposit(s) is a component of a student’s application. We do not accept checks in payment of deposits.

    Refunds of tuition and fees are governed by the refund policies as established by the university. Refunds of the deposit are not made unless the student is not accepted into the program or the program is canceled. Clemson makes a serious commitment to provide study abroad opportunities for our students. By paying a deposit, you show serious commitment toward going on the program. We determine by the number of participants who pay a deposit if there are enough people for the program to proceed. For this reason, it is important that anyone paying the deposit be fully committed to going. The deposit is credited toward the program fees. Payments of subsequent program fees are refunded based on the following schedule:

    Withdrawal from Program (must be in writing)Amount of program fee refund (minus deposit)
    90 days or more prior to program start 100%*
    60 – 89 days prior to program start 50%*
    30 – 59 days prior to program start 25%*
    29 days or less prior to program start 0%*

    * If necessary, the percentage of program fee refund will be reduced by any unrecoverable costs that exceed the non-refunded percentage. Unrecoverable costs may include expenses for both individual and group services. Individual expenses are items such as meals and room charges. Group expenses are items such as bus rental, guide services, and on-site lectures. For example, even if you withdraw 95 days prior to a program start date, and funds have already been committed and are unrecoverable, those unrecoverable amounts will not be refunded.

  • Exchange Programs

    Clemson has exchange agreements with many institutions around the world. These exchange agreements give you the chance to study at an overseas university, and "in exchange" give a student from the overseas university a chance to study at Clemson. While overseas, you remain registered at Clemson in a course called SAP 1010. This course maintains your status as a full-time Clemson student. You will enroll directly in classes at the overseas university. You must have your classes at the overseas university pre-approved so that you will receive transfer credit (hours only, not grades) after we receive a copy of the transcript from the overseas university.

    Costs include Clemson tuition and fees, the study abroad fee, room & board (to host university or other entity, see Payments below) and your personal living and travel expenses.

    Payments for tuition and fees and the study abroad fee appear on your iROAR bill. Payments for other expenses (for example, housing, orientation fees, etc.) are made directly to the overseas institution and/or other organization/company for services provided (for example, payment to a housing complex).

    Refunds of tuition and fees are governed by the refund policies as established by the university (Clemson). Refunds of the study abroad fee will be applied if you decide not to participate in the exchange program.

  • Third-Party Programs

    Many study abroad opportunities are available through third-party provider programs. Clemson maintains memberships and affiliations with a number of these providers. Generally, third-party providers give you assistance with logistical arrangements (travel, visas, etc.), as well as with the classes and academic components of your study abroad experience. While overseas, you remain registered at Clemson in a course called TSAP 1010. This course maintains your status as a full-time Clemson student. Class enrollments while you are overseas are made through the third-party provider. You must have your classes pre-approved so that you will receive transfer credit (hours only, not grades) after we receive a copy of the transcript from the third-party provider.

    Costs include the study abroad fee, program and tuition fees, and your personal living and travel expenses.

    Payments for the study abroad fee appear on your iROAR bill. Payments for program and tuition fees are made directly to the third-party provider.

    Refunds of the study abroad fee will be applied if you decide not to participate in the third-party program. Refunds for payment made to third-party providers are governed by their refund policies.