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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 coordinator.

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.

Departments within the University have the option to transfer delinquent, uncollectible accounts to Student Financial Services to be placed on your iROAR account. If an amount due to our office remains outstanding, Clemson Abroad may utilize this method for collection and this can result in holds for registration, transfer credit, graduation, etc. Payment collection may also be transferred to a collections agency. Once University accounts are transferred to Student Financial Services, payments must be made to their department.

Study Abroad Fee

This fee is set by Clemson University and is mandatory for every student involved in a for-credit experience abroad. This includes study abroad, for-credit internships, international travel affiliated with a Clemson course, etc. 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 advising, registration, credit transfer evaluation, pre-departure orientations, record review and maintenance, support and contact while abroad, etc.

Study Abroad Fees for 2018-19:

  • Fall 2018:
    • $757, undergraduate
    • $533, graduate
    • $189, embedded
  • Spring 2019:
    • $757, undergraduate
    • $533, graduate
    • $189, embedded
  • Summer sessions: 10% of in-state tuition and fees (faculty-directed programs) or $379 (other programs)

Costs, Payments, and Refund Policies

  • Program Costs

    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, the application fee, and the program fee. Students are also responsible for their personal expenses on site which include airfare, meals, passport and visas, etc. Please refer to your program homepage for detailed information on the costs associated with your study abroad program. 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.


    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 full-time Clemson tuition and fees, the study abroad fee, residential costs and fees (to host university or other entity, see Payments below) and your personal living and travel expenses.


    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

    Faculty-Directed Programs
    Payments
     for tuition and fees, the study abroad fee, and the 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. Some programs may require program deposits made via credit card, debit card or e-check through the online application system. The deposit(s) is(are) a component of a student’s application and the application is not complete until the initial deposit is paid. We do not accept paper checks for payments. If a student withdraws from a program, the student may still be responsible for paying a portion of the program fee as indicated in the withdrawal policy and implementation timeline below.

    Non-Refundable Application Fee – Faculty-Directed Programs Only: Students applying for semester, summer, fall break or spring break Faculty-Directed programs may be required to pay an application fee in order for their applications to be considered for approval (check individual program requirements). If the student is approved, the application fee is credited towards the program fee. If a student commits to multiple programs and cannot attend some or all of those programs, the student will forfeit deposits for unattended programs. This fee is non-refundable. The semester application fee is $750, the summer and fall/spring break application fee is $350. This application fee is paid via credit card, debit card or e-check through the online applicant system.


    Exchange Programs
    Payments
     for full-time 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). Full-time tuition and fees are not pro-rated if students choose to drop courses while abroad, due to the financial responsibilities between exchange partner universities.


    Third-Party Programs
    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 for payment made to third-party providers are governed by their refund policies.

  • Clemson Abroad Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy (Semester Programs)

    When a student commits to participation in a study abroad program, Clemson Abroad begins to make financial commitments on behalf of the student. Regardless of the reason and effective date of withdrawal, it is the responsibility of the student to immediately notify the Clemson Abroad Office in writing and to understand the implications of withdrawing. Please review the Clemson Abroad Withdrawal Policy and Implementation Timeline (below) outlining the student’s responsibilities and implications for withdrawal from a study abroad program. Clemson Abroad makes every attempt at keeping program and administrative costs to a minimum.

    • A student is considered withdrawn from a study abroad program if they do not commit to the program via the Clemson Online Application after receiving approval; or request to be removed from the program after they have officially committed through the Clemson Online Application.
    • Any student who officially withdraws from a study abroad program after officially committing, must notify Clemson Abroad in writing via email to abroad@clemson.edu and complete the statement of cancellation. The date of withdrawal will be the timestamp date on the email.
    • Students who withdraw their application at any stage, will not be refunded the application deposit.
    • Students on any credit-bearing program (Faculty-Directed, Exchange, Third-Party, or Direct Enrollment, etc.) who withdraw their application after officially committing to the program will be assessed the study abroad fee, as well as any additional percentage of the program fee (where applicable) per the implementation timeline (below).
    • For students participating in Exchange, Third-Party, or Direct Enrollment programs, Clemson Abroad will not provide refunds of any monies paid directly to outside institutions, organizations, or entities (e.g., tuition for direct enrollment programs, host institution housing, third-party program providers). Students should contact the outside institution, organization, or entity directly with questions regarding their refund.
    • Clemson Abroad strongly advises that students purchase fully refundable airline tickets and/or trip cancellation insurance to safeguard against losses or penalties should the participant withdraw for any reason, or should a program be cancelled or its dates changed.
    • After officially withdrawing from a Faculty-Directed program, it is the participant’s responsibility to withdraw from any courses associated with the program to avoid tuition charges or failing grade(s) being issued, subject to the terms of the Clemson University Tuition and Fee Refund Policy.
    • If a participant receives financial aid and withdraws from a study abroad program, the participant must contact the Financial Aid Office immediately, as withdrawal may affect the participant’s financial aid package.
    • If the program cost of a student’s faculty-directed program increases after the student has committed participation in the program, the student has 15 days to withdraw with no penalty.
    • If a student withdraws from a study abroad program due to individual course cancellations, within 15 days of notification of the course cancellation, and is unable to take other available courses in the program, all program charges and related fees paid to Clemson will be refunded.
    • The amount due upon withdrawal will be posted to the student account in iROAR. The student is financially obligated to pay the amount of program fee, in addition to the non-refundable application deposit and study abroad fee based on the implementation timeline when it is posted to the student account by the University. Failure to pay creates an indebtedness to the University and may result in schedule cancellation, may affect enrollment, and could result in late payment fees, registration block, student privilege restrictions, payment plan block, transcript hold, collection charges or credit bureau reporting.
    • For returned checks, e-checks, credit card chargebacks: A returned fee will be charged by the university and will be placed on the student’s account in iROAR for collection. Any returned item/chargeback creates an indebtedness to the University and may result in schedule cancellation, may affect enrollment, and could result in late payment fees, registration block, student privilege restrictions, payment plan block, transcript hold, collection charges or credit bureau reporting.

    Program Cancellations

    If a program is cancelled by Clemson University, for any reason, every effort will be made to redirect students to an alternative study abroad program or to reschedule.  If no alternative options are available, all associated fees paid to Clemson will be refunded. If a student is traveling to a high-risk destination, please see our high risk travel page.

    Clemson Abroad Implementation Timeline

    Fall Semester and Fall Break
    Timeline of Student Withdrawal* Amount of Program Fee a student is Financially Responsible to Pay, in addition to the non-refundable application deposit and study abroad fee Amount of Program Fee student can receive as refund, (less the application deposit)
    June 10 – June 30 25% 75%
    July 1 – July 31 50% 50%
    August 1 – August 15 75% 25%
    August 16 – Program start date 100% $0
    Spring Semester and Spring Break
    Timeline of Student Withdrawal* Amount of Program Fee a student is Financially Responsible to Pay, in addition to the non-refundable application deposit and study abroad fee Amount of Program Fee student can receive as refund, (less the application deposit)
    October 15 — November 1 25% 75%
    November 2 — December 1 50% 50%
    December 2 — January 1 75% 25%
    January 2 — Program start date 100% $0

    Notes:
    *Withdrawal date is the timestamp date on the written withdrawal - see the Clemson Abroad Withdrawal Policy (above, previous section).

    The percentage of program fee charged for faculty-directed programs may be increased by any unrecoverable costs that exceed the withdrawal policy implementation timeline. 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, if a student commits to a program and withdraws 95 days prior to a program start date, and funds have already been committed by the program that are unrecoverable, those unrecoverable amounts will be due from the student.

  • Clemson Abroad Withdrawal Policy (Summer Programs)

    As soon as students officially commit to participate in a program through their online application, Clemson Abroad, host institutions, and on-site service providers begin to make financial commitments on their behalf. If a student decides for any reason to not participate in the program, it is the student’s responsibility to immediately notify the Clemson Abroad Office via email and to understand the financial implications of withdrawal. Please review the following information and refer to the withdrawal policy below.

    The process for withdrawing from a study abroad program includes:

    Step 1: Students must email their intent to withdraw immediately to abroad@clemson.edu. The timestamp on the email will be the date of withdrawal. Students are not considered withdrawn from a program until this email is received.

    Step 2: Calculate the amount owed at the time of withdrawal based on the following important dates:

    Faculty-directed programs:
    If a student has officially committed to participation through the online application, they will be assessed the study abroad fee. Students may be required to pay additional fees based on the deadlines outlined below.

    March 25: Deadline to withdraw from a Clemson faculty-directed summer program with no additional penalty. Students who withdraw from a Clemson faculty-directed summer program any day after March 25th will be responsible for paying 30% of the program fee.

    April 10: Students who withdraw from a Clemson faculty-directed summer program on or after April 10 will be responsible for paying 60% of the program fee.

    May 1: Students who withdraw from a Clemson faculty-directed summer program on or after May 1 will be responsible for paying 100% of the program fee.

    Please review the following examples to better understand the financial implications of withdrawal:

    Example A: Tom G. has committed to participate in Clemson’s Faculty-directed Post-Colonial Studies in South Africa summer study abroad program. On March 10th he decides that this study abroad program is not a good academic fit for him. As a result, he chooses to withdraw from his study abroad program.

    Tom has already paid the following:
    Non-refundable application fee: $350
    And will owe the following additional payment: Study Abroad Fee: $384 (6 credit hour program)  
    The total charges Tom will incur from withdrawing are $734
    Example B: Tom G. has committed to participate in Clemson’s Faculty-directed Post-Colonial Studies in South Africa summer study abroad program. On March 26th he decides that this study abroad program is not a good academic fit for him. As a result, he chooses to withdraw from his study abroad program.

    Tom has already paid the following: Non-refundable application fee: $350
    And will owe the following additional payment:
            Study Abroad Fee: $384 (6 credit hour program)
            30% of the $2,900 program fee: $870
    The total charges Tom will incur from withdrawing are $1,604
    Example C: Anna C. has committed to participate in Clemson’s Faculty-directed Sustainable Studies in China summer study abroad program. On April 15 she is offered a paid internship position in New York City. Since the internship conflicts with her Clemson summer program, she has to withdraw from the study abroad program.
    Anna has already paid the following: Non-refundable application fee: $350
    And will owe the following additional payment:
            Study Abroad Fee: $192 (3 credit hour program)
            60% of the $2,200 program fee: $1,320
    The total charges that Anna will incur for her decision to withdraw from Clemson’s summer program in China are $1,862.
    Example D: Josh H. has committed to participate in Clemson’s Faculty-directed Evolutionary studies in Ecuador summer study abroad program. On May 3 he decides to withdraw from his Clemson summer program.

    Josh has already paid the following: Non-refundable application fee: $350
    And will owe the following additional payment:
            Study Abroad Fee: $384 (6 credit hour program)
            100% of the $3,000 program fee: $3,000
    The total charges that Josh will incur for his decision to withdraw from Clemson’s summer program in Ecuador are $3,734.

    Third-Party Programs:

    If a student has officially committed to participation through the online application, they will be assessed the study abroad fee. Clemson Abroad will not provide refunds of any monies paid directly to outside institutions, organizations, or entities (e.g., tuition for direct enrollment programs, host institution housing, third-party program providers). Students should contact the outside institution, organization, or entity directly with questions regarding their refund.

    Billing Procedure for withdrawals:
    For all programs, the amount due upon withdrawal may be posted to the student’s account in iROAR. The student is financially obligated to pay the amount due at the time it is posted to the student account.

    For returned checks, e-checks, and credit card chargebacks: A returned fee will be charged by Clemson University and will be placed on the student’s account in iROAR for collection.

    Failure to pay creates an indebtedness to Clemson University and may result in schedule cancellation, affect enrollment, and could result in late fees, registration blocks, student privilege restrictions, payment plan blocks, transcript holds, collection charges, or credit bureau reporting.

    Program Cancellations
    If a program is cancelled by Clemson University, for any reason, every effort will be made to redirect students to an alternative study abroad program or to reschedule.  If no alternative options are available, all associated fees paid to Clemson will be refunded.