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Programs : Budget Sheet

The following listing represents the Fall Budget Sheet for UMass: Australia: Brisbane: Univ. of Queensland St Lucia.

Fall Budget Sheet for UMass: Australia: Brisbane: Univ. of Queensland St Lucia
Budget Item In-State UMass Amherst Out-of-State UMass Amherst
Program Fee *   $9,200.00 $12,500.00
Education Abroad Fee *   $850.00 $850.00
Education Abroad Application Fee *   $50.00 $50.00
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Insurance *   $275.00 $275.00
Billable subtotal:  $10,375.00 $13,675.00
Airfare   $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Visa/Residence Fees   $400.00 $400.00
Housing   $5,500.00 $5,500.00
Meals   $1,500.00 $1,500.00
Educational Excursion   $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Non-billable subtotal:  $10,400.00 $10,400.00
Total: $20,775.00 $24,075.00

*Billable Items on UMass Amherst Bursar's Bill include: Program Fee (tuition & mandatory fees; orientation; airport pickup), Australian Insurance-OSHC, & Education Abroad Fee.

Not included on UMass Bursar's Bill. Student responsible for: Accommodation (housing arrangements & costs), Meals (groceries), RT Airfare, Passport & Visa, local travel, personal expenses (books, supplies, vacation week expenses, misc), How much money you need while in Australia varies according to your lifestyle and requirements.

Make sure your budget is flexible enough to allow for unexpected costs such as emergencies and health expenses, and study-related costs such as field trips and textbooks. 

University of Queensland Budget Detalis, 2017:

All costs are estimates in US Dollars and subject to Australian - US Dollar fluctuations. 1 AUD = 0.7338 USD 1  or  1 USD = 1.3626 AUD as of Jan 9 2017
Regional students pay a tuition fee of approximately $500 more per semester than in-state students. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Housing:  Students are responsible for securing Accommodations (housing). UMass highly recommends students book accommodations through SEMESTER IN AUSTRALIA which is a private company run by a UMass Alum, Ann Wadsworth. Details can be found on the website and services include airport pickup as well as some excursions, for additional fees.
Housing Deposit (refundable): Students must pay this housing deposit, online, upon reserving accommodations. Each deposit varies, depending upon housing choice. It will be refunded if there is no damage. In addition, students will be charged a fee for cleaning services, at the end of semester (estimate of AUD $150). Details on the semesterinaustralia website.

Meals. The estimate for meals is based on weekly groceries. Costs do not reflect all possible expenses nor does it take into account meals out.

Educational Excursion. Based on past student reports, the estimate reflects one small excursion (RT in-country airfares are US$300-500; plus hostels/meals). Many students report higher misc costs for living: US $1000-$5000. Queensland has reasonable estimate of expenses for students on their website on "WHAT DOES IT COST?"    Educational Excursions. Personal expenses may vary from US$1500-$3000. For example, a week-long trip to New Zealand may range from $800-$1200.

Visa/Residence Fees: This is the cost of applying, online, for the Australian Study Permit. Additional costs may be incurred for students with citizenship outside of the USA. 
Visa - Medical Clearance Fees: Students may be randomly selected for an additional, specific "Medical Clearance." This is required for some students' visas and is an additional cost.

Passport Fees: $135 for US Passport, new or renewals. Students who are applying for their passport for the first time or for a renewal passport can expect to pay application costs and cost of photos.

OSHC Health & Liability Insurance:  Students are required to enroll in the Australian National Health Insurance Plan. The premium is based on the specific Australian university as well as duration of stay (one semester or one year). In addition, students need to stay enrolled in whatever health insurance plan they now carry when the semester ends, through the study abroad period, and until returning to UMass/Amherst after completion of the program. Specifically, if students' primary insurance is the UMass Health Insurance, then they must contact UHS to activate continued coverage while abroad.  Please visit "Health & Safety" on the IPO website for information regarding health insurance including the UMass insurance policy.
Local Transportation:  This is an estimate of cost for getting from the airport to campus, and also for getting around the greater Brisbane area on the bus or tram.  

Dates of Terms (approximate):
Arrival: (fall), July 17 2017 (spring) February 20
Orientation: July 17-22;  February 20-24
Classes Start: July 25 (fall), February 29 (spring)
Classes End: October 29 but must stay through exams Nov 19 (fall), June 4 but must stay through exams June 25 (spring)
Number of Weeks: 16-17 (fall), 17 (spring)
Exams: November 5-19 (fall), June 111-25 (spring)
Mid Semester Break: September 26-October 3; March 25-April 3

* Billable item