Costs and Funding

Cost of Studying Abroad

Cost is a significant factor students need to consider when selecting a program—or deciding whether or not to study abroad. (Here at the Office for Global Engagement we believe that the benefits of studying abroad is worth the expense.) Costs vary considerably by program. We encourage students to “shop around”, selecting programs that match their budgets as well as meeting their academic and personal goals.

When comparing program fees, students need to look carefully at what’s included and what’s not would need to collect similar information from their program.

Costs not Included in Program Fees

There are certain costs that are not included in the program fees. These include but are not limited to:

  • UVU Tuition - Tuition and payments for tuition are handled by the university. It is not included in program fees so that students may use their financial aid in order to pay for the tuition portion of the program. Questions regarding how to use scholarships, PELL grants, or other financial aid to pay for your tuition and/or program fees should to be directed to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Round-trip Airfare - The reasons are twofold for not including airfare in the program fee. The first is, some students like to do some personal travel before or after their program. By not including airfare in the program fees, this allows students the freedom to book their personal travel. The second is, we cannot always find the best deal on the flight. You may be able to find something cheaper, use frequent flier miles, or have some other means to pay for your flight.
  • Discretionary Spending - Discretionary spending is any purchase that is for your personal use. This includes meals not covered in the program fees, personal side trips during the program (that are approved by the program director), and any souvenirs.

Refunds and Cancellation Policy

We understand that sometimes life happens, and withdrawing from a program may be necessary or that a program may be canceled by the university (low enrollment, program director discretion, unrest in country of travel, etc). Here is some important information you need to know if you plan on withdrawing from a program.

By paying the $300 deposit you are committing to participate on the Study Abroad Program and pay the full program fee. If you withdraw from the Study Abroad Program after paying the deposit,  your student account  may be charged up to the full program fee to cover any non-recoverable costs incurred by the university on your behalf because of your commitment to participate. Both the $75 application fee and $300 deposit are non-refundable.

The following are the steps to withdraw from a study abroad program.

  • To withdraw from a program, after paying the desposit, you must submit a Study Abroad Withdrawal Form.
  • If the program is cancelled by UVU, you will be notified via email by the Office for Global Engagement. The application fee, deposit, and any program fees paid, not already expended by UVU, may be refunded to the card you used to make the initial payments or to your UVU student account. UVU will attempt to recover any program expenses already expended, but this may not be possible due to timing and nature of the program cancellation.


This payment system is for students who have been accepted into a UVU Study Abroad Program. Once you have been accepted into a program you will receive an email from the Office for Global Engagement payment information.

If you have not yet applied to a study abroad program please visit our application page here. If you have not yet received an acceptance letter, please contact the Program Director of your chosen Study Abroad Program. Please allow 3-5 business days for your payment to process. You are responsible to total your payments.

Financial Aid

If you have scholarships or financial aid that will be paying for some of your tuition and program fee costs, then you will need to submit a Study Abroad Financial Aid Request Form by March 21 AND set up a payment plan with UVU’s Collections Office The financial aid form requires you to meet with an advisor from the Office for Global Engagement and with an advisor from Financial Aid. Please reach out to to set up an appointment to discuss your financial aid at your earliest convenience.