Studying abroad can be affordable, but like any educational investment, it requires planning and careful comparison. The international opportunities offered through the Center for Global Education vary widely in cost depending on the type of program, inclusions in the program (excursions, meal stipends, housing, and so on), length of stay, and destination. When considering cost, consider these things:
All Marymount students who study abroad must pay tuition, plus the program’s housing fees (see below). Students will be billed for these charges by Marymount, and the Center for Global Education will then pay the study abroad program – students may not pay the program directly, except for the application fee and the required deposit if applicable. A few of the Center for Global Education’s approved programs have tuition rates higher than Marymount. In this case, students are responsible for making up the difference in cost in those cases.
Marymount University charges its own tuition instead of the program’s in order to allow Marymount students to apply their college-funded financial aid to the abroad program. All other fees are set by the individual programs.
Any financial aid that a student receives for studying at Marymount will automatically be applied to the study abroad program; financial aid is capped at Marymount’s cost.
- Eligibility: You must be a student enrolled in a degree-seeking or eligible certificate program at Marymount University to be eligible for financial aid through MU. Study abroad credit load requirements are the same as they are for on-campus study; Most aid requires a minimum of twelve credits per semester. Summer term students must enroll in at least six credits to maintain minimal eligibility. For questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid (703) 284-1530 or email us or specific details.
- Limits: There are limits to how much financial aid you can receive (especially during the summer months), and your financial aid award may or may not cover entire cost of study abroad experience. How much of your costs will be covered depends on your study abroad program cost, your financial need, and the number of supplementary loans to which you will have access. In reviewing your options, you should also consider how much loan debt you are willing to incur.
Scholarships and Alternative Funding
Learn more about available scholarships and funding resources for creative ways to fund your study abroad experience.
Fees vary greatly among programs, depending on the location of the program, the strength of the dollar with regard to the local currency, the type of lodging, the number of meals provided, etc. The most accurate information regarding room and board options and costs are available on each program’s individual website. The program’s housing fee will show up on your bill from Marymount.
Students participating in affiliated programs must pay for their own airfare. For most Marymount faculty-led programs including the short-term summer, graduate and Global Classroom Series programs, airfare is included in the cost.
Marymount University purchases medical insurance for its students on all study abroad programs. Some programs may also include medical insurance in their fees.
For all affiliated (i.e., non-Marymount faculty-led) programs, students should pay the required deposit directly to the program; this charge will subsequently be deducted from the student’s Marymount semester bill. Note that deposits are nonrefundable. If a student withdraws from a program for any reason, the deposit will be lost. Please note that paying the program deposit authorizes the provider (whether Marymount or a third party) to incur expenses on that student’s behalf; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason after paying the deposit, he or she will be responsible for any nonrecoverable expenses. These expenses can include (but are not limited to) housing fees, and partial or full tuition.
These may include passport and visa application fees, textbooks, immunizations, special course fees (see below), personal expenses, and optional travel. These expenses are the responsibility of the student.
Please be advised that some programs, including Saint Louis University in Madrid and Lorenzo de Medici, charge additional fees for course materials, orientation programs, and/or course-related travel. These fees are not included in the tuition, even if the course is required, and students are responsible for paying them.
Penalties and Fees for Late Withdrawals
Deposits are nonrefundable; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason, the deposit will be lost. Also note that paying the program deposit authorizes the provider (whether Marymount or a third party) to incur expenses on that student’s behalf; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason after paying the deposit, he or she will be responsible for any nonrecoverable expenses. These expenses can include (but are not limited to) airfare, housing fees, and partial or full tuition.