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Programs : Budget Sheet

The following listing represents the Spring Budget Sheet for Columbia in Paris.

Spring Budget Sheet for Columbia in Paris
Spring Budget Sheet for Columbia in Paris
Budget Item Columbia Students Non-Columbia Students Consortium Member Schools Barnard College
Tuition *   $0.00 $19,500.00 $0.00 $0.00
Program Fee *   $800.00 $800.00 $800.00 $800.00
Document (transcript) Fee *   $0.00 $105.00 $0.00 $0.00
Billable subtotal:  $800.00 $20,405.00 $800.00 $800.00
Housing   $4,400.00 $4,400.00 $4,400.00 $4,400.00
Meals   $2,800.00 $2,800.00 $2,800.00 $2,800.00
Local Transportation   $160.00 $160.00 $160.00 $160.00
Visa Expenses   $260.00 $260.00 $260.00 $260.00
Books and Course Materials   $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Cellphone   $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $200.00
Airfare   $900.00 $900.00 $900.00 $900.00
Personal Expenses   $2,000.00 $2,000.00 $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Non-billable subtotal:  $10,820.00 $10,820.00 $10,820.00 $10,820.00
Total: $11,620.00 $31,225.00 $11,620.00 $11,620.00
The above budget sheet is for Spring 2018
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, Barnard and Penn 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 all Columbia and visiting students via e-bill in mid-December and will be due in mid-January. 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.
Program Fee: Subsidizes the following: program activities, some course materials, university fees, required French housing and liability insurance and printing supplies. $800 of this amount is due at the time of confirmation of participation and acts as a nonrefundable deposit in order to secure your place in the program. Students participating for the full year must pay $400 for their second semester of participation.  

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.
Housing: The cost of housing depends on which option you choose and how many meals you elect with a host family. The above estimate is an average. The range in cost is approximately $900-$1300/month. You are billed separately by Host Families in Paris and your bill will include a deposit and handling fee of about $60, in addition to any fees your bank charges to transfer money. 

Non-Program Housing students: Please note that if you are opting out of program housing, you will need to pay an administrative fee of approximately 50€ once you arrive in Paris. This is to cover the administrative processing for your required housing insurance.  
Meals:  The cost for meals and food will depend both on individual student spending habits and on the number of meals taken with a host family. The above estimate is an average. The range in cost for meals is approximately $600-$800/month. Students can keep their food costs within the budget by taking advantage of the inexpensive meals at the university cafeterias and preparing their own meals. Restaurants in Paris are quite expensive. 

Local Transportation:  Costs vary widely depending on the location of student's home, whether or not they bicycle or walk, etc. The Navigo Pass (available to students under 26) costs approximately $440 for the year or $40/month. The program will provide information on how to attain one upon admission to the program.  

Visa: This is divided into two parts: $180 for Campus France and $50-55 to the French consulate. These will be due several weeks (4 months for fall participants) PRIOR to departure. 

Books and course supplies: These items should have minimal cost in France.
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 Kyoto. 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