The Catholic University of America

Program Costs

CUA semester and summer programs have the following costs and payments:

  • Application Fee: A non-refundable payment due at the time of application. Students applying to multiple programs within the same term only have to pay one application fee. This fee is paid within the online application system.
  • Deposit: After being accepted to a study abroad program, students are asked to put down a deposit to confirm their intent to participate. Depending on the program, this may be paid to CUA or to the program provider. If paid to CUA, the deposit is submitted within the online application system. If paid to the study abroad provider, CUA will honor the full amount and reduce the student's program fee accordingly.
  • Program Fee: All students going abroad are charged a program fee. In most cases, the program fee will cover the costs of housing, international health insurance, and emergency evacuation insurance. Many programs include additional benefits such as a meal plan, transportation pass, laundry facilities, etc., though these will vary. Airfare, visa costs, and personal expenses are generally not included. This fee is posted to the student's bill alongside tuition, and can be paid via Cardinal Financials.
  • CUA Tuition: Semester students are charged full-time tuition. Participants on summer programs are billed for tuition based on the number of credits they are earning abroad. Students in the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies may have additional fees, and should contact the Office of Education Abroad for more information. Tuition may be paid through Cardinal Financials.

Financial Aid

Participants receiving any type of financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) through CUA toward their degree must consult with their financial aid advisor regarding the payment for their education abroad programs. CUA grants and scholarships may not be used to pay for a non-CUA program.

Financial Holds

Students with financial or other holds on their accounts that prevent them from registering for courses must clear the hold before they will be allowed to attend their program abroad.  Failure to clear the hold will result in withdrawal from the program and the implementation of the CUAbroad Cancellation & Withdrawal Policy.


Non-CUA Students

Applicants who are pursuing a degree at another higher educational institution and wish to participate in a CUA program, must contact their own institution's financial aid office for guidance.


Non-CUA Programs

CUA student participating in programs not affiliated with CUA pay a small application fee directly to CUAbroad.  All other program costs are due to the provider (US or international institution/organization) directly and according to their deadlines and policies. 

Students participating in semester- or academic year programs MUST be enrolled full time (12-15 credit hours) during the program. Exception to this requirement must be requested in writing and approved by the Center for Education Abroad and the Dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. Such request usually not granted due to student visa regulations in the host country. Any prior balances due to CUA MUST be paid in full in order to be officially admitted in an education abroad program (both affiliated or non-affiliated). Students will not be allowed to study abroad unless all past CUA balances are paid up.