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Northwestern Cost Comparison

Cost is an important consideration in choosing a study abroad program, and it's common to experience some "sticker shock" when you review the total estimated expenses for a program. Your study abroad program may be more or less expensive than the same quarter(s) at Northwestern.

The information on this page is intended to provide some context and help you understand how your program's costs compare to the estimated cost of Northwestern for the same academic period.

If you are a financial aid recipient, keep in mind that your financial aid will be adjusted based on your program's costs; your family contribution (i.e., total out-of-pocket costs) should be the same as if you were in Evanston.

Northwestern Costs 2019-2020

Keep in mind that some of these figures, like tuition and fees, are real costs (standard, unlikely to change), while other figures, such as room/board and personal expenses, are estimates (vary by student). Your actual living expenses, both in Evanston and abroad, will vary based on your personal spending habits.

Visit the Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Finance websites for additional information.

If you will study abroad for the fall quarter, winter quarter, OR spring quarter, compare:

  • Tuition: $18,744
  • Fees: $191
  • Room & board: $5,673
  • Books & supplies: $546
  • Personal expenses: $733
  • Transportation: $350

Estimated Evanston Total: $26,237

If you will study abroad for the fall+winter or winter+spring quarters, compare:

  • Tuition: $37,488
  • Fees: $268
  • Room & board: $11,346
  • Books & supplies: $1,092
  • Personal expenses: $1,468
  • Transportation: $700

Estimated Evanston Total: $52,362

If you will study abroad for the full academic year, compare:

  • Tuition: $56,232
  • Fees: $459
  • Room & board: $17,019
  • Books & supplies: $1,638
  • Personal expenses: $2,201
  • Transportation: $1,050

Estimated Evanston Total: $78,599