Comparing the Cost of Study Abroad

Affording a semester or year abroad may seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning studying abroad can be the same cost or even more affordable than a semester spent at Brandeis! The Office of Study Abroad is here to help you understand the various costs associated with studying abroad and budget properly so that there are no expensive surprises once you have arrived in your host country.

Studying abroad will almost always involve costs that wouldn't normally be part of a semester spent at Brandeis. For example, you'll be responsible for arranging a flight to and from your study abroad location. There may be costs to enter, such as acquiring a passport if you don't have one or applying for a visa if you need one. But other expected costs will also look different than they would on campus. For example, there are many study abroad programs in locations where the cost of living is significantly lower than the Boston area, meaning that your housing and meal costs will be lower than they typically would be in Waltham. 

Here are some examples of how the cost of studying abroad in Mexico, the Netherlands, and Denmark can be less expensive, about the same, or more expensive than spending a semester at Brandeis:

Don't see your program listed here? Consult your program website or contact your Study Abroad Advisor to review an estimated cost of attendance for your study abroad program.

 Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (IFSA)

This chart outlines expected costs for a semester in Merida, Mexico compared to a semester in Waltham. Cost projections in Merida are provided by IFSA and can be found here. Brandeis cost projections are based on living in a double in East with the 12-meal plan. Please note that costs may not apply or may change depending on your personal situation or habits; for example, personal travel expenses in Mexico are not included, and flight costs will differ depending on your departure location. If you receive scholarships or financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services to understand how your aid may apply or be impacted by changes in program costs.

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (IFSA) Brandeis 
Tuition Same* Same*
Required Student Fees Same* Same*
Housing $2,250 $4,690
Meals $320 $3,535
Airfare $650 N/A (unless you fly to campus)
International Insurance Included N/A
Pre-travel expenses $0 N/A
Personal Expenses $730 $750
Local Transportation $158 N/A
Books $100 $500
TOTAL $4,208

$9,475

*Brandeis students continue to pay Brandeis tuition and required student fees while studying abroad. More information can be found here.

Center for European Studies, Maastricht University

This chart outlines expected costs for a semester in Maastricht, Netherlands compared to a semester in Waltham. Cost projections in the Netherlands are provided by Maastricht University and can be found here. Brandeis cost projections are based on living in a double in East with the 12-meal plan. Please note that costs may not apply or may change depending on your personal situation or habits; for example, personal travel expenses in the Netherlands are not included, and flight costs will differ depending on your departure location. If you receive scholarships or financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services to understand how your aid may apply or be impacted by changes in program costs.

Maastricht University Brandeis 
Tuition Same* Same*
Required Student Fees Same* Same*
Housing $3,530 $4,690
Meals $1,650 $3,535
Airfare $1,175 N/A (unless you fly to campus)
Residence Permit $225 N/A
International Insurance $190 N/A
Personal Expenses $1,175 $750
Local Transportation $120 N/A
Books $400 $500
Local Phone $120 N/A
TOTAL $8,585

$9,475

*Brandeis students continue to pay Brandeis tuition and required student fees while studying abroad. More information can be found here.

DIS: Study Abroad in Copenhagen

This chart outlines expected costs for a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark compared to a semester in Waltham. Cost projections in Denmark are provided by DIS/Copenhagen and can be found here. Brandeis cost projections are based on living in a double in East with the 12-meal plan. Please note that costs may not apply or may change depending on your personal situation or habits; for example, personal travel expenses in Denmark are not included, and flight costs will differ depending on your departure location. If you receive scholarships or financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services to understand how your aid may apply or be impacted by changes in program costs.

DIS: Study Abroad in Copenhagen Brandeis 
Tuition Same* Same*
Required Student Fees Same* Same*
Housing $6,500 $4,690
Meals $2,200 $3,535
Airfare $1,500 N/A (unless you fly to campus)
International Insurance Included N/A
Pre-travel Expenses $350 N/A
Personal Expenses $3,000 $750
Local Transportation Included N/A
Books Included $500
TOTAL $13,550

$9,475

*Brandeis students continue to pay Brandeis tuition and required student fees while studying abroad. More information can be found here.