Abroad at AU | Living Costs

Estimated Student Fees*

 

Mandatory Student Fees (1)

 $185.00

Rent/Housing (based on Double Occupancy per semester)

 $4,830.00

Residence Hall Association Fee

 $18.00

Meal Plan (2)

 $2,315.00

Estimated Living Expenses

 

Books

 $400.00

Health Insurance Plan (AU Plan) (3)

 $1,720.00

Personal (telephone, dining, clothing, laundry, entertainment, copy services)

 $900.00


*Cost estimates are based on 2012-2013 academic year and subject to change. Generally there is a 5% increase in costs each year.

1. If a course requires a lab fee, this amount will be added to mandatory student fees.

2. Cost shown is based on the 150-Block Meal Plan. Abroad at AU students may choose another plan or opt out of the meal plan entirely. 

3. Fee reflects 2011-12 cost.  2012-13 prices are not available at this time. American University requires all full-time students to have health insurance. You should carry valid proof of insurance at all times during your stay in the United States. Unless you complete a health insurance waiver form, you will be billed automatically for the American University insurance plan, which provides low-cost and comprehensive coverage.

Important Additional Costs

Students must be able to meet the following costs as they apply to their particular situation:

  • Travel expenses between home country and Washington DC, and during vacation periods
  • Large purchases (such as computers, furniture, etc...)
  • Medical expenses not covered by health insurance (eye care, dental care, and medical problems developed before arriving at the university)
  • Food and housing during school holidays (refer to the Housing and Dining Services website under Quick Links for more information)