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.”

Program Fee

The estimated program fee for the 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
Payment Schedule

Program fee payments are collected according to the following schedule:

Spring 2020Fall 2020
September 15, 2019: $500January 31, 2020: $500
October 15, 2019: $2,250February 17, 2020: $2,250
January 15, 2020: $2,300August 20, 2020: $2,300
February 15, 2020: $2,300September 15, 2020: $2,300
March 15, 2020: $2,350October 15, 2020: $2,350
Payment Instructions

The $500 commitment fee is due in the Office of Fiscal Services (JPL 102.02) by 5:00 pm on Friday, January 17th. Please follow the instructions carefully:

  • You can pay by check, money order, cashier’s check or cash. Checks and money orders should be made out to “UTSA” with “SAFA” on the memo line, along with your Banner ID (the @ number, not the abc123).
  • Print and submit the COLFA Semester in Urbino Deposit Slip with your payment. The deposit slip must be filled out completely. This is very important since it contains the information we need to credit you for the payment and ensure that the payment is made to the correct university account
  • Fiscal Services will issue a receipt for this payment. Take the receipt to Paulo Villarreal in the Office of the Dean of COLFA, MH 4.01.23.
  • When you submit your commitment fee receipt to Paulo Villarreal, you must also submit a signed, hard copy of the Financial Commitment Agreement Form

The second payment of $2,250 is due in the Office of Fiscal Services no later than Monday, February 17. Please follow the procedure outlined above for this payment as well. The complete amount of $2,750 must be paid by February 17 to ensure enrollment in the program. All 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.

Featured Awards:

Other Awards:

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.

 UrbinoHome with ParentsOff-CampusOn-Campus
Mandatory Fees$631$1,409.18$1,409.18$1,409.18
Urbino Course Fees$480000
Medical and Travel Insurance$260 (included in program fee)Unknown private medical insurance cost
Education Abroad Application Fee$75000
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.