UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Cost & Money Matters

The Experience Scotland program remains one of the most cost-effective education abroad options available. Its semester program fee of $8,500*, or short-term options beginning at $2,150* are about half the cost of similar education abroad programs in the United Kingdom.

Semester Program Costs

The semester program fee of $8,500 includes:

  • 12-18 credits of tuition
  • Accommodation in a shared room
  • Breakfast Sunday-Saturday while classes are in session
  • Lunch and dinner Monday-Thursday while classes are in session
  • Bus pass
  • Use of a basic mobile phone 
  • Class field trips and activities
  • Opportunities to participate in free day long trips in the region
  • CISI health insurance
  • 24 hour staff support

The program fee does not include airfare, passport fees, campus administrative fees, damage and work deposits, required textbooks, supplementary textbooks and supplies, special class fees and/or other personal expenses. 

Please reference the fall budget sheet or spring budget sheet for a breakdown of the estimated total program cost for the term you are interested in. It should be noted that personal expenses are influenced by individual student tastes and thus vary greatly from student to student. The amounts included in the budget sheets are averages based on feedback from previous program participants.

Summer Program Costs

The summer program fee is dependent on the number of modules you enroll in. The breakdown is as follows:

  • One module: $2,150
  • Two modules: $3,500
  • Three modules: $4,750

This program fee includes:

  • 3-9 credits of tuition
  • Accommodation in a shared room
  • Breakfast Sunday-Saturday while classes are in session
  • Lunch Monday-Thursday while classes are in session
  • Bus pass
  • Use of a basic mobile phone
  • Class field trips and activities
  • Opportunities to participate in free day long field trips in the region
  • CISI health insurance
  • 24 hour staff support

The program fee does not include airfare, passport fees, campus administrative fees, damage and work deposits, required textbooks, supplementary textbooks and supplies, special class fees and/or other personal expenses. 

Please reference the summer budget sheet for a breakdown of the estimated total program cost. It should be noted that personal expenses are influenced by individual student tastes and thus vary greatly from student to student. The amounts included in the budget sheets are averages based on feedback from previous participants.

FAQs

Are scholarships available?

You should check with the Office of International Education and/or the Financial Aid Office on your home campus to determine what scholarships and/or grants may be available to you as a study abroad student. Furthermore, the following national scholarships are valuable resources for additional funding:

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Students must attend an undergraduate institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter, but do not need to be a Phi Kappa Phi member in order to be considered. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restriction through the provision of grants and scholarships.

Additionally, you may locate additional scholarship/grant opportunities by searching the following databases:

Institute of International Education (IIE) Study Abroad Funding

International Scholarships

How much money can I expect to spend?

As you might imagine, the amount of money you will spend while abroad depends on your lifestyle. Refer to the semester and summer program cost breakdowns to see a more detailed estimate of what additional money you can expect to spend. It is important to know your budget and be mindful of this. 

Because your program fee is inclusive of the majority of your daily on-site living expenses, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money to have an incredibly robust and rewarding experience abroad. Your program-provided bus pass will enable you to explore Edinburgh and the entire Midlothian region at no additional cost. The number of free activities available to you as a student in Scotland's capital region are dizzying - check here, here, here, or here for just a few recommendations of the best free activities to check out in Edinburgh. 

If you're hoping to use some of your free time while abroad to travel throughout the UK and beyond, you will want to budget additional funds for travel prior to departing for Scotland. Rest assured, there are many low-cost options for traveling Europe. Further, you can save money while traveling by staying in hostels, cooking your own meals and taking advantage of student concession rates on attractions and entertainment. 

What kind of debit/credit cards can I use abroad?

The best advice is to bring a debit card (preferably VISA) from an account that will be kept supplied with money. Several banks in Dalkeith do not charge an extra fee for extracting money from ATM's with a debit card and they give the best exchange rate. Past students agree that the debit card is the easiest, fastest and best money saving form of receiving money while abroad. If your debit card doesn't work, you'll want another option. MasterCard and VISA are widely accepted; American Express is not. Credit purchases sometimes offer the best available rates of exchange.

Before your departure, it is important you notify your credit card company you will be out of the country, and provide them with specific dates. If you fail to notify your credit card company, they may put a hold on your account. 

Where can I exchange cash?

All airports have an Exchange Bureau which is a convenient place to make a small exchange. However, you should be aware that Exchange Bureau's often offer poor exchange rates in addition to charging service fees. Past students have recommended debit/credit cards for most purchases as these reflect the most favorable exchange rates. 

If you plan to exchange money prior to departure, it is better to only get a small amount, rather than converting all your funds, as the rate in the U.S. will be the least favorable. Furthermore, make sure the bank gives you the Great British Pounds Stirling (£). Euros are NOT accepted in the UK.

What is the exchange rate?

The exchange rate changes almost daily. For daily quotes, you can check the following websites:

http://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

www.x-rates.com

 

*The program fee is for Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students are responsible for their additional tuition. For the 2016-17 academic year, this amount is approximately $350 for semester students, and $100-$300 for summer students, dependent on the number of modules enrolled in.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

 

We asked previous Experience Scotland students what budgeting advice they would share with future students - below are their words of wisdom:

pace yourself 

wiggle room

small expenses