When planning to study abroad it is easy to get caught up in the price tag but study abroad isn’t always more expensive than staying home. Here are a few quick things for you to check when choosing your program to be sure you are getting the most for your tuition dollars:
Umbra’s program costs include both housing and tuition, as well as services like airport transfers (Rome-Perugia-Rome), access to an on-site study abroad coach and counselor, 24/7 emergency phone support, a dedicated student services team, and much more. Compare what is included in this price versus what your costs are to stay on campus for the semester, and don’t forget to weigh your personal and academic goals to make sure you get the most out of the program you choose.
New opportunities for financial aid:
Some colleges and universities provide financial aid to students studying abroad, beyond the aid awarded during a usual semester on campus. Sometimes this aid is based on financial need, other times it is based on things like academic performance or your destination/program of interest. Ask your study abroad advisor right away about budgeting for study abroad.
The Umbra Institute has drafted a page about Financial Aid and Scholarships to help direct you to third-party scholarship providers. Click here to check out scholarships and apply.
What is the cost of living in your destination city?
Perugia, as a university city that is not inundated with tourists, has a lower cost of living than larger Italian cities or popular vacation destinations like Rome, Florence, and Venice. You can find a slice of pizza for 1 Euro or get coffee and a pastry for as cheap as 3 Euro. Or, by learning to cook in your student apartment and purchasing locally sourced goods from supermarkets, you can keep your food budget fairly low and try to eat like a local. Attending one of Umbra’s cooking classes during your semester abroad can help you learn a budget-friendly recipe or two. You can even become a regular at the Italian university’s cafeteria as an affordable way to eat out with friends and meet locals. There are so many options to keep you well-fed while abroad, even if your program doesn’t have a pre-paid meal plan.
Do you need more tips about planning for your semester studying abroad in Italy? Contact [email protected] to be connected with an Umbra advisor.