Spring 2022 Costs for Columbia in Paris: Visiting Students

Document (transcript) fee$105
The total billed to Columbia account for the full year$23,405

Tuition: You are responsible for paying the Columbia in Paris tuition and document (transcript) fees directly to Columbia University. The tuition listed above is billed each semester. The document (transcript) fee is billed once. The spring tuition invoice will be sent via e-bill from Columbia's Student Financial Service office in early December and will be due mid-January. Note that you will receive your bill at your Columbia email address. It covers tuition only and does not cover housing, meals, airfare, medical insurance, course materials, extra-curricular activities, personal travel, and personal expenses.

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

Program Fee/Deposit$1,000
The total billed by Undergraduate Global Engagement$1,000

Program Fee/Deposit: The program fee/deposit subsidizes the following: program activities, some course materials, university fees, required French housing and liability insurance, and printing supplies. Unless otherwise directed in your study abroad account or by your home university, the program fee/deposit is payable online through your UGE Application Portal.

Housing costs$4,200-$6,288
The total billed by Host Families in ParisVariable
Students doing program housing: The cost of housing depends on which option you choose and how many meals you elect with a host family or the costs of the residence. The range in cost is approximately 700€ - 1048€/month, ranging from a room in a residence to 5 meals with a homestay family. You are billed separately by Host Families in Paris and your bill will include a deposit (refundable if no damage at the end of your stay) and handling fee of about $60, in addition to any fees your bank charges to transfer money. The costs above have been calculated for a 5-month period at an exchange rate of 1 euro = 1.17 USD.

Students not doing program housing: Please add your estimated housing expenses to the out-of-pocket expenses below. Note that if you are opting out of program housing, you will need to pay an administrative fee of approximately 40€ once you arrive in Paris. This is to cover the administrative processing for your required housing insurance.

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 below estimate is an average of what students say they actually spend. These expenses are NOT paid to the program. Note that all on-site expenses have been estimated for a 5-month period at an exchange rate of 1 euro = 1.17 USD.




Local Transportation

Visa Fees$485
Books and Course Materials$250
Cell phone$200
Roundtrip Airfare (Depending on the location of departure)$600-1,200
Personal Expenses$2,875
Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses



Meals: The cost for meals and food will vary widely depending on individual spending habits and the number of meals taken with a homestay family. Costs can be kept down by preparing your own meals, taking advantage of student cafeterias, and only eating out occasionally.

Local Transportation: You will be responsible for paying for transportation to and from the airport in Paris at the start and end of the program. A monthly Navigo pass is currently 75€/month.

Visa: You are responsible for visa fees. The fee above includes the following: Campus France fee, VFS fees, French consulate fee.

Books and course supplies: You are responsible for purchasing any course materials at the local university.

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 Paris. You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements from your 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.