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Program Fees & Other Expenses

Exchange Fees:

Depending on the host institutions, ECU students will either pay their tuition and fees to ECU (and pay for their own housing and food in the host country) or they will pay all tuition, fees, room and board costs to ECU and receive equivalent benefits from the host institution.
ISEP-Direct programs are fee-paid study abroad programs that provide study opportunities beyond those offered through reciprocal exchanges at select ISEP institutions outside the United States. Students from ISEP member institutions in all countries and at institutions participating in ISEP's Affiliate Program may study abroad on ISEP-Direct programs.
Tuition and on-site orientation and support are included in the cost of all ISEP-Direct programs. Housing and meal benefits vary by program. For more information about individual program costs, please visit the ISEP-Direct website.
Not included in the cost are the non-refundable application fee, the required ISEP student health insurance, fees for passports and visas, and airfare.
Please note: In order to hold your ISEP-Direct placement, a $500 non-refundable program deposit is due within three weeks of your placement confirmation notice (PPAF), which you will receive from your ECU Study Abroad Coordinator. The $500 deposit will be applied to the full program fee.

UNC-Charlotte Semester in Santander, Spain:
The cost for the fall 2010 is $9,895.00 and will include round trip air fare from Charlotte, NC; home stay with three meals daily; laundry; accident and health insurance; tuition and fees; and field trips.

UNC-Wilmington Semester in Paris, France:
The cost for the fall 2010 is $10,700.00 and includes application fee; tuition and fees; housing and some meals; accident and health insurance; orientation and scheduled field trips. NOTE: The costs do not include airfare, books, some meals, money for personal sightseeing and other expenses.

Health Insurance:
The UNC system requires all exchange participants to purchase study abroad health insurance. Therefore, participants on ECU bi-lateral and UNCEP exchange programs will be required to purchase this insurance. The rates vary according to the length of the program. In 2010, the premium was calculated on a per day basis at a rate of $1.25 per day. Participants on ISEP study abroad programs will be required to purchase insurance through ISEP and will not need to enroll in the UNC health insurance. Insurance for the UNC Charlotte and UNC Wilmington study abroad programs is included in the program costs.

Airfare and Travel:

If travel is not included in the cost of the study abroad program, then students will need to purchase roundtrip airfare to their host countries. Many students also purchase rail passes to travel around the host country or to neighboring countries. You should budget accordingly. The Office of International Affairs sells the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which entitles the cardholder to discounts on airfare, travel, and museum entrance fees. Students may purchase the card from the Office of International Affairs for $22.