Be as specific as possible. If in doubt, use generous estimates. It is better to budget too much money than to find yourself in a foreign country short of funds. Be sure to include the following:
Pre-trip expenses (estimate $250):
Note: Use caution when comparing the bottom lines of different programs. Some programs include items such as room and board, insurance, etc., and others don't. Also, even if your financial aid is not fully transferable, your actual cost to study abroad will not necessarily be higher than the actual cost of studying at Marquette for that semester. Also keep in mind that your actual cost will depend on the exchange rate at the time you study abroad.
When estimating the cost of your study abroad experience, be sure to include all available funding sources, including:
Note: It is unadvisable to count on working abroad to earn money. Even internships tend to be unpaid. Many countries do not permit foreign students to work, and those that do require work permits. We recommend that you do not rely on overseas employment income when budgeting.