The Catholic University of America

Program Costs

CUA semester programs have the following costs and payments:

  • Application Fee: $100, non-refundable, due at the time of application.
  • CUA Tuition (full-time)
  • Program Fee: $5,000 per semester (but you will pay no on-campus housing & meal charges)
  • Deposit: $500 or $1,000, depending on the program. Due upon acceptance and payable by check or by credit card. Balance of the program fee is charged to the student's CUA student account.
Non-CUA Program Administrative Fees:

$500 for summer programs
$1,000 for semester program
$1,500 for academic year programs


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.


CUA Semester Program Cost Details:
CUA students participating on an affiliated CUAbroad semester and academic year education abroad program pay a non-refundable $100 application fee to CUAbroad + CUA full-time tuition + a $5,000 education abroad program fee which covers overseas housing, any mandatory mealplan - if offered - and other costs not directly associated with tuition plus administrative costs. Airfare, meals and visa costs are not generally included.
CUA students participating on a non-affiliated CUAbroad program (semester/year long or short-term) pay a non-refundable administrative fee ($500 for 3-6 credits, $1,000 for a semester, and $1,500 for a year) to CUAbroad+ an education abroad program fee directly to the sponsoring university/program. CUA tuition and housing fees are not charged. The average cost for a semester runs between $10,000-$20,000 and usually includes tuition, housing, airfare and some meals. Costs vary depending on the sponsoring institutions, what is included, and length of program. Students must work closely with CUAbroad before and after the program to stay registered and receive credits.
To compare the cost of attending courses on campus versus education abroad programs, students and their parents are encouraged to consult the CUA Office of Financial Aid's Estimated Cost of Attendance (ECA) here.
Summer CUA programs Costs & Payments: