International Programs

South Africa: Costs

Economically, IP is the most affordable study abroad program available to CSU students. Why stay home when you can earn CSU credit overseas for about the same amount of money? We have provided you with a cost comparison below. The figures shown under "Estimated Costs" are projection based on the experience of previous IP participants.

The figures listed represent a comprehensive budget for an entire academic year (roundtrip airfare, housing, meals, books, monthly personal expenses, CSU resident fees, etc.). These estimates are useful for planning purposes, but are subject to change due to currency exchange rate fluctuations and inflation. Participants receive an updated statement of costs upon their acceptance into the program. Graduate/post baccalaureate and nonresident students must pay additional fees.

Costs: South Africa
Area of Costs Estimated Costs
Tuition Fee (covers participation in program)* $5,472
Study Abroad Fee* $750
Insurance* $170
Departure Processing* $70
Group Activities* $200
Roundtrip Transportation $2,450
Room & Board $6,500
Other $550
Personal Expenses (includes such items as books, clothing, entertainment, postage, public transportation, and incidentals) $1,700
Total Cost Estimate $17,862

All starred (*) items in the list above are prepaid to the Office of International Programs. Payment due on October 15.

Student Costs: CSU Average
Area of Costs Estimated Costs
Total Fees $6,673
Books and Supplies $1,679
Food and Housing $11,829
Transportation $1,372
Personal Expenses $1,338
Total Cost Estimate $22,891

Note: This total does not include vacation travel because students' expenditures in this area vary too widely. For example, past students have spent between $400 and $4000.

*The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular program has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.