The program fee will be $6,650. This fee includes: instructional costs, room, two meals per day (breakfasts and dinners), a London Transport pass, excursions, and textbooks. No additional tuition payment is required, resident and non-resident students all pay the same fees.
Fees do not include: the $300 non-refundable IPE fee, airfare, weekday lunches, mandatory health insurance, mandatory pre-departure health screening, or personal spending money.
So how does this compare to a quarter at the UW? According to the UW Financial Aid Office, a Traditional, Resident Undergrad would budget for about $8,161 per quarter for resident tuition, books, room and board, transportation, and personal expenses.
Source: UW Financial Aid Office.
As mentioned above, participants' tuition, books, transportation, housing and two meals per day would be covered by the program fee of $6,650, and all group excursions and field trips are also included. So, how much might you spend on airfare, weekday lunches, personal expenses, and health insurance?
Airfare is even less predictable than exchange rates, but you might spend around $1,000 for a plane ticket. Personal expenses can be a tough thing to estimate, since they can vary so much from person-to-person, but considering that participants will already have paid their basic expenses (room and two meals a day, London transport pass, excursion tickets) as part of the program fee, we’re really talking about lunch money and pocket/shopping money. You can lunch reasonably on £ 7 ($11) or less a day if you are economical; other costs will vary immensely depending on what you like to do, and whether you like to shop. London is a fairly expensive city with lots of good things to spend money on. A ballpark figure for a moderate spender has been about $2,000 for the quarter ($200/week); if you like to shop, it will be more, but if you are economical, you can get by with a little less.
Program fees will be posted to participants' MyUW student accounts and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. A $350 non-refundable program deposit and $300 non-refundable IPE Fee will be charged to your MyUW Account once your signed contract has been received by the Study Abroad Office.
- $350.00 non-refundable charged upon receipt of payment contract.
- $300.00 non-refundable IPE fee due April 12, 2013.
- $6,300 remaining program balance due April 12, 2013.
Note: Program fees are paid in dollars; most program expenses are paid in pounds. The English Department program in London reserves the right to modify the program fee based upon dollar devaluation or severe inflation. In this unlikely event, students will be notified of the increase and an adjustment will be made to the final program payment.
The University of Washington has a mandatory comprehensive health insurance plan that is specifically for students studying abroad on UW programs like the Department of English Spring in London Program. It has a very low premium: approximately $37 per month for the duration of the program (March - June).
Please visit their webpage or contact the International Programs and Exchanges Office for more information.
Mandatory UW Study Abroad Health Insurance Plan
The $350 program deposit and $300 IPE Fee are non-refundable. Students withdrawing from a program will be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be included in participants' payment contracts. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the Study Abroad Office.
Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing, completing the following steps:
1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.
2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.
Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions may not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.
You can request an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds) from the Financial Aid Office if the cost of the program exceeds the regular budgeted amount for a student living in the Seattle area. To do this, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:
1. Revision Request Form
2. Budget of student expenses for your program: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remember that financial aid and most scholarships will be disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid award will not be disbursed until after the start of the program. If your program begins after the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid award will be delayed until the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare and health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you plan your foreign study.
The Financial Aid Office does have a Short-Term Loan Program to assist students with temporary cash flow problems. To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in regular classes in the UW Student Database. Students studying abroad during Spring quarter will need to apply for a short term loan before the end of Winter Quarter.
There are funding opportunities through the Global Opportunities Program, and students should also reference the IPE website, including their Funding Options page, for more information about Financial Aid and scholarships, including the quarterly Fritz Grant and Go Global Scholarships.
The Global Opportunities Office information session schedule for Autumn Quarter:
GO! and Fritz Scholarships Info Sessions
10/9 from 3 – 4pm in MGH171
11/2 from 12 – 1pm in MGH171
· For Pell Grant or Husky Promise-eligible students and declared social science and humanities majors studying abroad in winter or spring 2013 – deadline November 8th
Additional information for Financial Aid and Scholarships:
UW Financial Aid Office
UW Scholarship Office