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Northwestern Global Journalism Residency (JR)

This page outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Global Journalism Residency (Global JR) programs, 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, Assistant Director of Study Abroad Financial Services, if you have any questions not addressed in the sections below.

  • Deposit

    Northwestern students admitted to Global JR programs are not required to pay a confirmation deposit, but will be charged a cancellation fee for withdrawing from the program after confirming.

  • Program Fee
    Students participating in Global JR programs are charged a program fee equivalent to Northwestern tuition, which includes the program's tuition, all related activities, accommodations abroad, international health insurance, and transportation costs, including international airfare and a local transportation stipend. Refer to your program materials for exact costs and estimated living expenses abroad.
  • Travel Stipend

    Global JR students will receive a local transportation stipend to help offset the costs of work-related or ground transportation expenses, such as airport transfers, daily transportation to/from the placement site, transportation to/from field assignments, and any other work-related or personal transportation expenses. It is meant to encourage you to choose the safest and most responsible transportation option – in many cases metered taxis or hired cars – even if that option is more expensive than others.

    Your travel stipend will be processed after the start of your JR quarter. Be sure to set up direct deposit in CAESAR, so your stipend can be sent to you in a timely manner and so that you can access your funds from abroad. Note: This is different from direct deposit for work-study and must be set up separately.

  • Northwestern Invoice & Financial Aid

    Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program fee. You will not be billed for on-campus student fees, and Global JR programs are exempt from the study abroad administrative fee.

    If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account. Remember that your financial aid and loans cannot cover the cost of your housing in Evanston while you are abroad, so be sure to cancel your on-campus housing contract or sublet your off-campus apartment.

    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.

  • Withdrawal & Refund Policies
    If you withdraw or are dismissed from a Global JR program after submitting your Program Confirmation form, you are subject to the Withdrawal & Refund Policies for Northwestern-Sponsored Programs.