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Stanford is committed to providing all undergraduates the opportunity to study away with BOSP, regardless of financial circumstances.

Quick Facts

  • Apart from airfare and personal travel expenses, the basic cost of studying with BOSP is close to the cost of remaining on campus.
  • Tuition remains the same.
  • Instead of on-campus room and board, students are charged an Overseas Fee, equivalent to mid-level housing and a 19-meal plan, which covers lodging, meals, and program activities.
  • Transportation and personal expenses will vary for each student.
  • Specific information about typical expenses will be available in the orientation materials distributed the quarter prior to departure.
  • Student Ambassadors and other recently returned students are good sources of information for developing a personal budget.
  • Since participants of BOSP remain registered at Stanford, financial aid continues uninterrupted. The Financial Aid Office automatically adjusts aid packages in accordance with differences in travel and personal expenses while abroad, and with consideration for a student’s inability to work while out of the country. Please consult the Financial Aid Office website for more details.
  • A separate program cost applies for the participants in the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. See below for more details.

Cost Breakdown – Quarter Length Programs

Approximate Costs per Quarter
Overseas 2021-22* (including 10 week Summer quarter)
  Approximate Costs per Quarter
On-Campus 2021-22
Tuition $18,491 Tuition $18,491
Overseas Fee (includes room & board) $5,953 Housing $3,722
    Meal Plan $2,231
Books & Supplies $435 Books & Supplies $435
Travel Costs (average) $1,100 Student Fees $696
TOTAL: $25,979 TOTAL: $25,575

* A separate fee applies for the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

KCJS Approximate Costs, 2021-22

The KCJS program will not be available during the 2021-22 academic year.

The KCJS program is a consortium program administered by Columbia University. Stanford students pay a Program fee directly to Columbia University to cover housing, lunch stipend, transportation pass and some program activities during the semester. Tuition is billed by Stanford at the regular tuition rate (1 quarter will bill for KCJS Fall Semester and 2 quarters will bill for KCJS Spring Semester). Additional out of pocket expenses might include medical costs, social activities, personal travels and incidental expenses and actual spending will depend on individual student’s life style and own spending habits.

Financial Aid FAQs


How is my financial aid award recalculated for study away?

If you are accepted into a BOSP program, the Financial Aid Office will automatically revise your financial aid award. You do not need to notify them of your acceptance; BOSP communicates this on your behalf. Your student budget will be increased by a standard amount for travel costs, and if you receive a Stanford need-based scholarship you will automatically be considered for a one-time grant and loans to help with your extra costs. This budget includes estimated costs for airfare, passport/visa, and storage. Costs for books and supplies are already considered and accounted for within the annual financial aid award.

What happens to my work study expectation?

For students whose annual financial aid award includes a work study earnings expectation, the expectation will be removed for the quarter in which the student is enrolled in a BOSP program, including Stanford in New York.

If I am receiving a one-time grant, when and how can I access the funds?

The one-time grants are distributed with other financial aid for the quarter of program participation. Aid disbursement typically happens a few days prior to the first day of classes for the relevant quarter when you are enrolled for 12+ units. Financial aid funds first cover the costs charged to your University Bill. Anything leftover may be refunded to you just before classes start, and used for any costs not charged to your University Bill (ex. flight costs, supplies, miscellaneous expenses).

How should I plan to pay for my flights or other pre-departure costs before my aid is disbursed?

Prior to financial aid disbursement, many students use family resources or current employment earnings to cover immediate needs related to participation in a BOSP program (booking flights, applying for a passport, etc.). You can contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your individual situation.

Financial Resources

  • Student Jobs: Regulations governing a student’s ability to work vary from country to country. In many cases it is not possible. You may consult the staff at each location for specific information.
  • Emergency Loans: While abroad with Stanford, you may request an emergency loan for unexpected medical bills, delayed checks, or other unforeseen financial need. These are handled directly through the specific program and must be repaid before returning to Stanford.
  • Research Grants: Undergraduate Research offers several grants that can assist with conferences and independent research projects. In some cases, these grants can nicely overlap or bookend a student's time abroad. To learn more about these grants please visit the, Explore Undergraduate Research Student Grants page.
  • Other Resources: Some funding may be available from outside sources. The Overseas Resource Center, located in Bechtel International Center, is a good source of information on such opportunities. It should be noted, however, that the Financial Aid Office will recalculate award packages to offset external funding.