The challenges of financing a semester abroad may at first seem daunting, but with proper consideration the challenges can be overcome. Financial aid can be applied to a semester abroad program, and your eligible amount is typically increased. Plus many study-abroad scholarships are available to help offset the cost. While it is true that some study-abroad programs are very expensive, the COLFA Semester in Urbino is affordable, involves a lot of travel, and allows you to live in Italy for more than three months at a cost that is the same or similar to a semester at UTSA! Plus, the benefits of this program on your studies, your career, and your overall personal development are enormous. See for yourself in this article, “Why Study Abroad.”
The estimated program fee for the Spring 2020 COLFA Semester in Urbino is $9,700.
|The Program Fee Covers|
|a dorm room in the residence of the University of Urbino for the 13-week semester|
|three extended trips (Rome, Florence/Siena, Verona/Venice plus seven day trips and other special excursions|
|daily Italian breakfast and 10 three-course meals a week (lunch and dinner) at the University of Urbino cafeterias. Meals can be banked if not used daily|
|a 4-credit hour Italian language class taught by instructors at Lingua Ideale that will transfer automatically to ASAP as FL 1034 Beginning Language Study Abroad (advanced options are available for students who have completed ITL 1014 Elementary Italian or the equivalent)|
|International travel and health insurance (see details below)|
|Italian student visa fee|
|The Program Fee Does Not Cover|
|reduced UTSA tuition: most fees are waived and you will not pay UTSA tuition or lab fees on the Italian language class|
|airfare to and from Italy: a typical budget round-trip flight can cost as little as $600-$850|
|incidental fees including: $75 UTSA Education Abroad Application Fee, $150 UTSA Education Abroad Program Fee|
Program fee payments are collected according to the following schedule:
|Spring 2020||Fall 2020|
|September 15, 2019: $500||January 31, 2020: $500|
|October 15, 2019: $2,250||February 17, 2020: $2,250|
|January 15, 2020: $2,300||August 20, 2020: $2,300|
|February 15, 2020: $2,300||September 15, 2020: $2,300|
|March 15, 2020: $2,350||October 15, 2020: $2,350|
The $500 commitment fee is due in the Office of the Dean of COLFA, MH 4.01.23 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday September 16. The $2,250 payment is due on Tuesday October 15. The complete amount of $2,750 must be paid by October 15 for the Spring Semester and February 15 for the Fall semester to ensure placement in the program. Please make your check out to “UTSA” and write “COLFA Semester in Urbino” on the memo line, along with your Banner ID (the @ number, not the abc123). Please also submit signed, hard copies of the Financial Commitment Agreement Form and the Consent and Acknowledgment Regarding Protection and Treatment of Personal Data Form (all forms are available on the Forms page). The remaining fees are invoiced and paid through ASAP.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
There are many ways to make studying abroad more affordable, starting with the many scholarship opportunities that support study abroad. UTSA offers internal scholarships that are ideal for our program but, you may also be eligible for several of the external awards. I encourage you to investigate all of these possibilities and apply. Please consult the UTSA Office of International Studies for more information on financing your semester abroad.
- International Education Fund (UTSA internal scholarship)
- David Bowen Memorial Endowment (for COLFA students).
- Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship
- Fund for Education Abroad (Deadline is September 10 at noon)
- IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants
- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship
- Diversity Abroad Oversees Ambassadors
- Foundation for Global Scholars
- Go Overseas
- Golden Key International Honour Society Study Abroad Scholarship
- Global Studies Foundation
- Tortuga Backpack Study Abroad Scholarship
You can also use financial aid to study abroad. Please contact Iris Blount in the Financial Aid office for a personal assessment.
Since your financial aid will apply to the specific semester you are abroad but you are required to make the first payment in the preceding semester, you may find it helpful to submit a Loan Change Request Form to One Stop. If you have room in your current Cost of Attendance, the loan team will be able to move money from next semester to the current semester. Please remember that doing so will reduce the financial aid you will be receiving during your semester abroad.
Additionally, you will need to submit a Study Abroad Financial Aid Request Form in order for the financial aid office to process your federal loan. The form must be submitted at least 4 weeks before your departure. Please see the Study Abroad Financial Aid website for instructions.
Estimated Study Abroad vs. On-Campus Cost Comparison
Since the cost of housing, meals, and transportation during your semester abroad is covered by the program fee and many tuition fees are waived, the actual cost of the COLFA Semester in Urbino is comparable to a semester on campus. With the many scholarships that are available, the cost of your semester abroad may even cost you less than a semester on campus! Compare the cost of the COLFA Semester in Urbino with the cost of attendance data from the UTSA Office of Financial Aid. Estimates are based on one semester with 16 credit hours of courses. Since the Italian language class is covered by the program fee, COLFA Semester in Urbino students will receive UTSA credit for 16 credit hours but only pay tuition, with most fees waived, for 12 credit hours.
|Urbino||Home with Parents||Off-Campus||On-Campus|
|Urbino Course Fees||$480||0||0||0|
|Medical and Travel Insurance||$260 (included in program fee)||Unknown private medical insurance cost|
|Education Abroad Application Fee||$75||0||0||0|
|Education Abroad Program Fee||$150|
|Program Fee||$9,700 (includes housing, meals, 10 program-related trips, 4-credit hour Italian class, travel and medical insurance, visa fee)|
Study Abroad Medical and Travel Insurance
All students participating in UTSA Study Abroad programs are required to participate in a student travel policy that covers injury and illness that occurs while on a study abroad or academic research trip. The maximum benefit for out-of-country medical is $200,000 with no deductible. The maximum benefit for medical evacuation or repatriation is 100% of the covered expenses. That means if you need to be removed from the country for medical or other covered reasons, the cost is paid in full. Very often, medical repatriation can cost up to $100,000. The travel policy does not cover any kind of routine care or maintenance of a pre-existing condition.
The student travel policy also covers the cost of International SOS, which provides round the clock information to assess risks and prepare for international travel, 24/7 advisors with local expertise, and 24/7 assistance and support while students are abroad.
Students also have access to many International SOS services including recommendations for nearby medical facilities and direct billing. In addition, all evacuations/repatriations are organized through International SOS.
The weekly fee of $20 is included in the program fee and covers the cost of the travel policy and International SOS. UTSA does not earn any revenue in the collecting of this fee.