SMU-Approved Semester Study Abroad Programs
SMU charges SMU tuition and fees for all SMU-approved semester study abroad programs, at tuition and fee rates set by the university. Through an affiliation agreement with the program provider, SMU is able to provide institutional merit and financial aid to semester program participants, accept the courses as SMU courses, and count the credits as resident credit towards the SMU degree.
Semester program costs not covered by tuition and fees (e.g., non-refundable deposit, housing, orientation, and local insurance) must be paid directly to the program provider. As program costs can vary widely according to program, the student will work with their Study Abroad Advisor to create an individualized Estimated Student Budget during the application process. The Estimated Student Budget accounts for all costs involved in semester study abroad, from SMU-billed costs to program costs to international airfare and personal expenses.
Semester programs may cost up to $6,000 more than a semester of study on the SMU campus.
Summer and January Study Abroad Programs
SMU charges SMU tuition and fees for all Summer and January programs. Tuition and fees for these programs are set by the university. Though it varies from program to program, fees generally cover basic in-country program costs (such as housing, excursions, and some meals), but do not cover international airfare, visas, or personal miscellaneous expenses. For this reason, there is a customized Estimated Student Budget available online for each individual Summer and January program.
Beyond the cost of SMU tuition, students are billed for program fees. These fees vary by program and are listed in the Estimated Student Budgets.