Spring 2019 Costs for KCJS: Columbia Students

TuitionSee link below
Total billed by ColumbiaSee link below

Tuition: You will pay Columbia’s home school tuition through SSOL. The tuition invoice will be sent via e-bill on December 17, 2018 and will be due January 25, 2019. It covers tuition, course excursions, most course materials, some local transportation and cultural activities. It does not cover housing, meals, airfare, medical insurance, some course materials, personal travel, and personal expenses.

Please see the Tuition Rates and Fees on the Student Financial Services website for specific information about fees. Note that you should look at the pages for your home school (Columbia College, School of General Studies, Columbia Engineering) for accurate rates.

Tuition and fees are subject to approval by The Trustees of Columbia University and may change.

Program Fee$5,500
Total billed by the Office of Global Programs$5,500

Program Fee: The program fee is payable online through your OGP application portal. The Program Fee covers housing, some meals, program activities, trips and student services. All students, except for those from Cornell and Washington University, must pay the $5,500 program fee each semester.

Tuition and fees are subject to approval by The Trustees of Columbia University and may change.

Local Transportation$200
Books and Course Materials$0
Cell Phone$200
Personal Expenses$1,000
Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses$4,400

Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses are not billed by Columbia. The estimated amounts in this section provide a basis for students to determine their individual budgets for expenses related to their time overseas for the duration of the program. The above estimate is an average of what students say they actually spend. These expenses are NOT paid to the program.

Meals: The cost for meals and food will vary widely depending on individual spending habits.

For students in homestays, the Program Fee covers two meals every day: breakfast and dinner with the homestay family, and an ¥800 daily lunch allowance. Student should budget approximately $250 per month for meals not included in the program fee.

Those living in apartments will receive an ¥800 daily lunch allowance, but must provide for their own breakfasts and dinners. Student should budget approximately $500 per month for meals not included in the program fee.

Housing: KCJS staff members place students in homestays or apartments based on individual preferences and the cost is included in the Program Fee.

Local Transportation: Students will be responsible for paying for transportation to and from the airport in Kyoto at the start and end of the program. Students must also pay for local transportation around the city. Students will pay a maximum of $50 per month for transportation costs. If costs exceed this amount, KCJS will cover the cost.

Visa: There are no Visa fees for US Citizens, and fees are waived for some 50+ nationalities found at the following link: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/english/html/travel_and_visa/visafees.html.

Books and course supplies: Textbooks and other course materials will be distributed after the language placement exam in Kyoto.

Cellphone: All students are required to have a working cell phone capable of making and receiving both local and international calls throughout the duration of the program.

Airfare: Estimated cost of a round trip airfare from NYC to Kyoto. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements from their preferred departure city to the program.

Personal Expenses: Personal expenses are highly variable based on each person's spending habits. They may include entertainment and personal travel.

It is required that you maintain a health insurance policy that will also provide coverage outside the U.S. for routine, urgent and emergent care. This cost is not included in our estimates.