Study Abroad Fee Structure

All Brown students who study abroad for academic credit are charged Brown University tuition while studying abroad.

Purpose
This fee structure enables study abroad to be seamlessly integrated into students' four-year academic experience and ensures equity across the broad socioeconomic spectrum of Brown students. The fee structure reflects the University’s belief that all Brown undergraduates – including those receiving university scholarships -- should have the opportunity to study abroad. The University meets the full need of students eligible for financial aid, whether they are studying at Brown or abroad. Students can apply their financial aid awards – including their full Brown scholarships -- toward their program abroad.

How It Works
Students entering Brown are charged Brown tuition over the course of eight semesters and choose their programs – whether on campus or overseas -- primarily with academic fit in mind. Students studying abroad remain enrolled full-time at Brown. They are classified with their Class year and semester cohort, and are thereby able to preregister for classes and arrange for on-campus housing at the same time as their cohort. Course titles taken abroad, in all cases, are reflected on their transcripts. Class of 2010 students and beyond receive their full Brown scholarships when going abroad.

Study Abroad 
Brown encourages all students to incorporate study abroad into their four-year plan of study.  The challenges shared by society are global and interdisciplinary.  So too are the solutions.  Brown believes that it is important that students acquire the skills necessary to access and successfully negotiate decisions across cultures. 

All students, regardless of when they enter Brown or what type of program they attend, receive administrative support throughout the study abroad cycle. This support includes:

  • advising on study abroad options
  • access to the study abroad Resource Library
  • assistance with applications and study proposals
  • assistance with transfer of credit
  • verification of status with the Brown Financial Aid Office
  • faculty review and approval of Alternative Programs
  • verification of appropriate status with the Brown Registrar
  • workshops dealing with re-entry and readjustment to Brown

Pre-departure orientation sessions, financial aid workshops, and presentations from program representatives and former study abroad participants round out the comprehensive support we provide for students studying abroad.