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Programs : Budget Sheet

The following listing represents the Fall Budget Sheet for Columbia in Beijing.

Fall Budget Sheet for Columbia in Beijing
Fall Budget Sheet for Columbia in Beijing
Budget Item Columbia Students Non-Columbia Students Barnard College
Tuition *   $0.00 $18,540.00 $0.00
Document (transcript) Fee *   $0.00 $105.00 $0.00
Housing *   $1,700.00 $1,700.00 $1,700.00
Billable subtotal:  $1,700.00 $20,345.00 $1,700.00
Meals   $1,000.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Local Transportation   $150.00 $150.00 $150.00
Visa Expenses   $140.00 $140.00 $140.00
Books and Course Materials   $70.00 $70.00 $70.00
Cellphone   $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
Airfare   $1,500.00 $1,500.00 $1,500.00
Personal Expenses   $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
Non-billable subtotal:  $3,210.00 $3,210.00 $3,210.00
Total: $4,910.00 $23,555.00 $4,910.00
The above budget sheet is for Fall 2017
Tuition and fees are subject to approval by The Trustees of Columbia University and may change.

BILLABLE fees will be billed by Columbia or as noted.
Tuition: Columbia and Barnard students pay their home school tuition (which is not listed above) and are billed by their home school. GS students pay the per point GS rate.  All other students are considered Visiting Students and pay the amount listed above. 

The program invoice will be sent to your Columbia email address via e-bill in mid-August and will be due in mid-September.  It covers tuition, course excursions, most course materials and cultural activities.  It does not cover housing, meals, local transportation, airfare, medical insurance, some course materials, personal travel, and personal expenses.
Housing: You will be housed in the International Student Dormitory at Tsinghua University and the cost is included in the program fee. 

Document (transcript) Fee: This one-time fee of $105 is charged to new students. This fee will be included on your e-bill. Barnard students might be charged this fee if they haven’t taken a course at Columbia.

NON-BILLABLE expenses are not billed by Columbia.The estimated figures in this section provide a basis for students to determine their individual budgets for expenses related to their time overseas for the duration of the program. The above estimate is an average of what students say they actually spend. These expenses are NOT paid to the program.
Meals: The cost for meals will vary widely depending on your spending habits. 

Local Transportation: Students will be responsible for paying for transportation to and from the airport in Beijing at the start and end of the program. Students must also pay for local transportation around the city.

Visa: All students are responsible for applying for their own visa once they receive their JW202 form from the Office of Global Programs. Please check the website for the Chinese Embassy or Consulate at which you will apply for your visa for visa requirements, updated application information and to download an application form. 

Books and course supplies:These expenses can include books/photocopies, etc. 

Cellphone: All students are required have a working cell phone capable of making and receiving both local and international calls throughout the duration of the program. 

Airfare: Estimated cost of a round trip airfare from NYC to Beijing. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements from their preferred departure city to the program. 

Personal Expenses: Personal expenses are highly variable based on each person's spending habits.   They may include entertainment and personal travel.

It is required that you maintain a health insurance policy that will also provide coverage outside the U.S. for routine, urgent and emergent care.  This cost is not included in the chart above. 

* Billable item