Understand the Cost of Participation

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Program Cost

Factors that impact cost:

  • Program type
  • Duration of the program
  • Program location
  • Cost of living abroad

Total cost of participation includes tuition, housing, meals, airfare, travel visa, passport, incidentals, books, transportation, program excursions and activities, domestic and international health insurance, and campus fees.

All UCSC Faculty-Led, UCSC Global Exchange, and UCEAP programs come with a total cost of participation budget available online to review.

Personal Costs


  • Travel during free time
  • Entertainment
  • Shopping

Make a plan for how you will cover these costs, which are not included in the total cost of participation.

Compare the cost of Study Abroad to UC Santa Cruz

There are many locations where you can study abroad and the cost-of-living is lower than at UC Santa Cruz. The 2020-21 cost of attendance at UCSC for in-state residents is $37,260 per year / $12,420 a quarter if you live on-campus. Compare the cost of each program below.

If you are looking for a program with specific cost parameters, please reach out to studyabroad@ucsc.edu for additional guidance as needed.

Non-Resident Students

Students attending UCSC are required to pay non-resident supplemental tuition for programs during Fall, Winter, and Spring terms for UCEAP, Other-UC, UCSC Global and Domestic Exchange. Summer term UC programs do not have non-resident supplemental tuition fees. Non-UC programs also do not require non-resident supplemental tuition fees. Often, Non-UC programs can be much more affordable options. However, it is important to note that financial aid is not accessible for Non-UC opportunities at this time.

UCSC Faculty-Led Summer Programs 

Faculty-Led programs offer courses taught by UCSC Faculty during Summer Session. Cost includes: 

  • Summer Session Tuition
  • Campus Fee
  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • Study Abroad Program Cost (administrative fees, housing, excursions, international health insurance, etc.)
  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses (airfare, meals not included, etc.)

Visit each program to review the Program-Budget Worksheet with a breakdown of costs.

UCSC Global Exchange Programs 

UCSC Global Exchange programs are UCSC reciprocal exchange opportunities with institutions abroad.
Cost includes:

  • UCSC tuition and fees
  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • Domestic and international health insurance
  • Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses (airfare, meals, housing, etc.)

Compare the cost of Global Exchange to UC Santa Cruz

All Global Exchange programs are semester based, keep this in mind when comparing the cost of Global Exchanges.

UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP)

UCEAP offers hundreds of programs for a semester, quarter, summer, academic year, and calendar year.
Cost includes:

  • $200 non-refundable SlugsAbroad application fee
  • UCEAP Fees
  • UC Tuition
    • Non-Resident Tuition (if applicable)
    • Graduate Fees (if applicable)
  • Campus Fees
  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses (airfare, meals, etc.)
  • Domestic and international health insurance

To see a breakdown of costs for any program, visit UCEAP and look for the Cost under the Program Details on each program page. For UCEAP, an estimated cost for each program is available, but final costs are not released until after application deadlines.

Compare the cost of UCEAP to UC Santa Cruz

Compare the cost of UC Santa Cruz with example UCEAP semester programs:

Other UC Programs

Other UC Study Abroad Programs are developed and managed by other UC Study Abroad offices, and program costs vary To learn more, visit UC campus websites directly.

Non-UC Study Abroad Programs

Non-UC Study Abroad programs are offered by organizations outside of the UC system and program costs vary. These providers generally do not charge non-resident tuition and can be more affordable for non-resident students or students who do not rely on financial aid. Financial aid from UC Santa Cruz is not currently available for Non-UC Programs . To learn more, visit the Non UC Program websites.