Summer 2019 Costs for Amman and Tunis

COSTS BILLED TO COLUMBIA ACCOUNTColumbia StudentsNon-Columbia Students
Housing $ 960$ 960
Document (transcript) Fee$ 0$ 105
Total billed to Columbia account$11,000$11,105

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

Tuition: The program invoice will be sent via e-bill on May 28th and be due June 13th. It covers tuition, course materials and costs related to required excursions. It does not cover housing, meals, airfare, medical insurance, personal travel, and personal expenses.

Housing: All students are required to live in program-arranged housing in Amman & Tunis. They can choose between a homestay and an apartment in Amman and will be placed in apartments in Tunis.

Document (transcript) Fee: This one-time fee of $105 is charged to new students and is not included in the tuition above.This fee will be included on your e-bill. Barnard students might be charged this fee if they haven’t taken a course at Columbia before.

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.



Local Transportation$200
Visa Expenses$120
Books and Course Materials$80
Cell phone$80
Personal Expenses$800
Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses$4,080

Meals: The cost for meals and food will vary widely depending on individual spending habits. Costs can be kept down by preparing their own meals and only eating out occasionally.

Local Transportation: In Amman & Tunis, students typically use taxis to get to their destinations. Arranged transportation will pick students up from the Amman & Tunis airport for the arrival dates of the program.

Visa: All students are required to have a visa to study in Jordan. While students can apply for a visa before they depart, it is very straightforward and less expensive to obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Amman. The visa will be valid for 30 days.

For Tunis, US Citizens are not required to have a visa to study Non-US Citizens may need a visa and have additional costs.

Books and course supplies: These expenses include books, photocopies, and dictionaries.

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. The cost above is based on U.S. cellphone plans.

Airfare: Estimated cost of airfare from NYC to Amman, Amman to Tunis, and Tunis to NYC. 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.