Program Costs

Estimate of Costs

UAlbany Education Abroad Programs

UAlbany provides an Estimate of Costs for each education abroad program.  Estimates are available on the individual program pages.

The Estimate of Costs includes amounts payable to UAlbany and/or another SUNY campus. It may also include amounts that must be paid in local currency overseas. The Estimate of Costs usually includes tuition and fees, housing expenses, meals, approximate round trip airfare, books, insurance, pocket money; all reasonably predictable anticipated expenses associated with the particular study abroad program option. Many items on the Estimate are approximate amounts, so actual amounts paid may vary. All costs are subject to change.

If you are participating in a non-UAlbany program, contact the administering campus for an Estimate of Costs.

Amounts Payable to UAlbany

All amounts payable to UAlbany will be billed to the student by UAlbany’s Office of Student Accounts. Billable amounts include:

Education Abroad Program Charges

In some cases, there will be Education Abroad Program Charges, which include any applicable non-instructional expenses such as housing, meals, excursions, etc. Please refer to the individual program’s Estimate of Costs for details.

Education Abroad Differential

The Education Abroad Differential includes UAlbany’s administrative charge, overhead costs, and the your share of the difference between the actual instructional costs of a particular overseas option and regular SUNY tuition. Your instructional costs may be more than just the tuition UAlbany pays to the host university overseas. Therefore, the total of the Education Abroad Differential and SUNY tuition may be greater than the published tuition of the host university. The Education Abroad Differential is calculated separately for each education abroad program and is subject to change each term. (The differential may also include program expenses not collected in the Education Abroad Program Charges portion of the Estimate.)

SUNY Mandatory Health & Medivac Insurance*

SUNY policy mandates that all students studying abroad have health and emergency assistance insurance. You will be automatically enrolled in and billed for SUNY Health & Medivac Insurance. The cost of the SUNY Health & Medivac Insurance is calculated based on a daily rate as follows:
For academic year (fall and spring), semester-length (fall or spring), and summer programs: Your SUNY insurance coverage begins 10 days prior to the start date and ends 10 days after the end date of your overseas program.
For winter (December/January): programs: Your SUNY insurance coverage begins 5 days prior to the start date and ends 5 days after the end date of your overseas program.
For spring break (March) programs:  Your SUNY insurance coverage begins 3 days prior to the start date and ends 3 days after the end date of your overseas program.
In some cases, the host institution overseas also requires you to purchase a local international insurance policy. If this is the case, the cost of the host university insurance will be included in the Program Charge and the Estimate of Costs from UAlbany will indicate a charge for SUNY Evacuation & Medical Assistance only.

Amounts Payable to UAlbany OR your Home SUNY Campus

UAlbany students and non-SUNY students are billed for all amounts listed on the Estimate of Costs by UAlbany’s Office of Student Accounts through the e-pay system EXCEPT the amounts listed under ‘Other Projected Expenses’. If you are a non-UAlbany SUNY student, you will receive two bills: one from your home SUNY campus for tuition and the university fee (and any other applicable campus-based charges) and another from UAlbany for all other education abroad charges listed above. Billable amounts include:

Tuition Charges

UAlbany or your home SUNY campus will bill you for SUNY tuition based on your permanent residence (NY state or out-of-state) and current student status (undergraduate or graduate).

  • UAlbany and non-SUNY students are registered for the individual education abroad program by UAlbany and are billed for SUNY tuition by UAlbany’s Student Accounts Office through e-pay, along with all other education abroad charges.
  • Other SUNY students attending 4-year SUNY schools will register for study abroad and pay tuition at their home SUNY campus.

Semester participants will be registered for 15 credits or for the usual number of credits awarded in a particular program.

Upon successful completion of the term abroad, the number of credits is adjusted to reflect the actual number of SUNY credits earned. Tuition is billed according to the original registration. Billing is subject to upward revision if you complete more credits than you originally were billed for, but will not be reduced if fewer than 12 credits (or the minimum required for a particular program) are ultimately earned.

Short-term program participants will be registered for the credit load for the particular course.

If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, are not enrolled in a degree program, and are participating in an education abroad program through UAlbany, you will be billed by the credit-hour at the undergraduate or graduate rate. If you take any courses for graduate credit, all your credits will be billed at the graduate rate.

Please note, SUNY tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Your tuition rate depends upon your legal place of residence and the number of credits for which you are registered.

University Fee*

The University Fee, which provides supplemental support for the academic mission of the University, is a mandatory fee for all students.

Academic Excellence Fee*

The Academic Excellence Fee is mandatory for all SUNY students attending a University Center. The funds are used to provide resources necessary for maintaining quality academic and student success programs.

Technology Fee*

The Technology Fee is one of the three components of the Comprehensive Service Fee, (which is made up of the Technology, Transportation, and Health fees) and helps support the IT needs of students, faculty, and staff by ensuring the infrastructure, information systems, and applications are in place to sustain a 21st century learning environment. The Transportation Fee and Health Fee components of the Comprehensive Service Fee are waived for UAlbany students participating in SUNY study abroad options but the Technology Fee is mandatory.

Athletic Fee*

The Athletic Fee is mandatory for UAlbany undergraduate students participating on semester-length programs. This fee supports the growth of a diverse academic environment that provides all university students with access to safe athletic and recreational facilities, encourages athletes to reach their full academic and athletic potential, while fostering a sense of community and campus pride.

*Additional information regarding broad-based fees at UAlbany is available on the UAlbany Student Accounts web page. All other on-campus fees are waived for UAlbany students participating in SUNY study abroad options, but some other SUNY campuses may not waive all fees for students studying abroad. If you attend another SUNY college/university, you should check with your home campus for details.

Other Projected Expenses

The types and amounts of items listed under the ‘Other Projected Expenses’ section of the Estimate of Costs vary based on the particular program selected. For example, this section may contain the approximate cost of obtaining a passport and visa, round trip airfare, and an estimate of possible miscellaneous personal expenses. UAlbany does not bill you for these items; instead, these estimated amounts may be paid directly to vendors, the overseas institution, or at the overseas site. Some amounts may need to be paid prior to your departure (such as plane tickets) and others may need to be paid in local currency overseas (to pay for meals, for example). In essence, these figures represent reasonable expectations of what you may need to spend above and beyond the amounts that you will be billed by UAlbany and/or your home SUNY campus.

Please note, the amounts listed under ‘Other Projected Expenses’ are estimates and may increase or decrease due to exchange rate fluctuations and personal spending habits.