What does study abroad cost?

Providence College uses a Home School Tuition Policy for semester and academic year study abroad. Students receive two bills for the study abroad semester: one from Providence College and one from the program provider. PC bills you for tuition and the Study Abroad Fee, while your program bills you for non-tuition costs, such as housing. Visit our Study Abroad Scholarships page for more information.

Do I need to pay the program deposit?

Yes, the program deposit confirms your place in the program after you have been accepted. The deposit contributes to your non-tuition costs.

Does my financial aid go with me?

Yes! All merit-based and need-based financial aid that you receive, including PC institutional aid, scholarships, grants, and loans (with the exception of work study funds and athletic scholarships), will be applied to your study abroad semester or academic year. For specific questions on how your financial aid package will apply to study abroad, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 401-865-2286.

What about tuition exchange students?

Students who attend Providence College using the tuition exchange benefit are eligible to utilize that benefit while participating in approved semester study abroad programs. Providence College will pay the tuition for the approved program abroad up to the Providence College tuition rate. Students who choose approved programs with a higher tuition cost will be charged the tuition differential between the program rate and the Providence College rate. The tuition exchange benefit applies to tuition only. Students are still responsible for paying for room, board, and other fees assessed by their program provider. In addition, students on tuition exchange will be responsible for paying the $1000 semester study abroad fee.

Are there any scholarship options for study abroad?

Yes! Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, including the Providence College Santander Scholarship, program providers, the U.S. government, and independent organizations. View the list of study abroad scholarships!

How expensive is it to live in my host country?

Students should check the currency exchange rate and the cost of living for their host country in order to learn how much they can expect to pay for different items, and what that converts to in U.S. dollars.

How will I access my money while abroad?

Many students choose to continue using their U.S. bank account and debit card when studying abroad. Be sure to notify your bank that you will be traveling so that your card is not deactivated on suspicion of fraud. It is important to understand what you will be charged every time you use your card or take money out of an ATM. It is also a good idea to have a credit card for big expenses and emergencies. Research your options for a card with no foreign transaction fees. Some students choose to open a bank account in their host country, but this may not be possible or convenient depending on your location and duration of time abroad.