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Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)

This page outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your published program materials and requirements for the most current information and instructions.

Feel free to contact Krista Bethel if you have any questions not addressed in the sections below.

  • Program Confirmation

    After you are accepted to your CASA program, you will need to complete a Program Confirmation form to confirm your participation. Northwestern students admitted to this program are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

  • Student Visa Financial Certification

    In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

    If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support.

  • Northwestern Invoice

    Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your CASA tuition and housing, as well as the NU study abroad administrative fee. You can find your program's NU-billed charges and estimated other expenses on your program page.

    If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account.

    If you are enrolled in the Northwestern 9PAY payment plan, you may still use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but the amount you owe each month may be different. Contact Krista Bethel just before your study abroad term for a billing estimate to calculate your 9PAY payments.

  • Other Program Charges

    Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from CASA for your program's tuition or housing. Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.