Learning Abroad Center

Comparing Costs

Comparing Costs for Semester Programs and Short-term Programs

See how the cost of a full semester program can be comparable to the additional cost of a short-term program.

Comparing Costs Video

Comparing Program Costs 

When comparing program costs, be sure to look at total program costs: program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses. Program fees may or may not include airfare, housing, meals and other costs, so  be sure to consider all costs. Use the budget worksheet (pdf) to accurately compare total program costs in relation to the cost of attendance at the University of Minnesota.

The graph above represents the total estimated cost of participation for various programs offered through the LAC. Costs are based on fall 2023 billed program fees (tuition, insurance, etc.), as well as estimated additional expenses not billed to students' accounts (airfare, personal spending, visa fees, etc.). The on-campus cost of attendance figures are those provided by OneStop for the 2023-24 academic year for students living on a dorm/apartment.

Cost Effective Semester Programs

There are many factors to consider when choosing a program, from location and length, to academic and personal fit. One of the most important factors is often cost of the program. The way to evaluate this is to compare to the cost of participating in a program abroad to the cost of studying on campus.

Below is a list of Learning Abroad Center and Affiliate programs whose total estimated cost for a semester in 2023-24 (program fee plus additional expenses) is up to $6,000 more than the 2023-24 cost of attendance on campus (for a resident student living in a dorm or apartment).


LAC Programs:

Affiliate Programs: