Study abroad requires some financial planning and costs may differ from those in your home country.

California's temperate year-round climate, beaches, and wide variety of outdoor and cultural activities make it a desirable place to live. Housing tends to be the greatest expense for both California residents and visitors. The cost of living in urban and coastal areas is usually higher than other locations.

Actual costs will depend on your housing and lifestyle choices, including activities such as travel. Part-time, on-campus employment is permitted and is a good way to earn extra money, learn new skills and meet people. However, a part-time job would not be sufficient to pay your living expenses. Ask your home university about financial support options.

Please consider the following costs.

English Language Test $70- 200 approx. fee varies by location and test type choosen
Visa Application $185 + any applicable reciprocity fees
SEVIS Fee $220
Orientation Fee $20-$320
Document Fee $68
Technologies Fees $35-$60
Materials Fees (labs, supplies, etc.) Varies depending on the course requirements
Books and Supplies $1,300
Personal/Transportation $2,500
Housing and meals $16,300
Health insurance $3,000

All costs are estimates only and subject to change (Source UC Admissions 2024-25 estimates). See also UC systemwide campus details.