Abroad at AU | Living Costs

Estimated Student Fees*


Mandatory Student Fees (1)


Rent/Housing (based on Double Occupancy per semester)


Residence Hall Association Fee


Meal Plan (2)


Estimated Living Expenses




Health Insurance Plan (AU Plan) (3)


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


*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)