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Budgeting for Exchange, Research + Study Abroad

Tips on budgeting for exchange

Go Global offers many International Learning Awards to help make your experience more affordable.

  • Go Global students remain registered at UBC – you can still qualify for scholarships and awards. This includes affiliation scholarships, and faculty- or department-specific awards.
  • For information on applying for student loans, please refer to the information in the After you’ve been nominated section
  • Students participating in an exchange pay tuition directly to UBC and not the partner institution in most cases. Students are required to take and pay for 15 UBC credits for each semester on exchange.
  • Research the cost of living of your potential host country.

How much will it cost?

Prospective Go Global students often ask us how much money they should bring while they're away. Because your financial requirements will vary depending on your individual goals, the cost of living in your host country, and your personal preferences, we are not able to provide you with a precise dollar amount.

Only you can determine how much money you will need while you’re away.

  • Read student reports or connect with returned Go Global students and ask how much it costs for day-to-day expenses like food, laundry, transportation, and coffee
  • Search travel guides and the web
  • Consider your ideal lifestyle while abroad
    • What kind of lifestyle do you prefer? What are your spending habits at home? Will the same spending habits apply abroad? Can you adapt to spending less? Are there expenses that you can do without?
    • If you want to explore the region you’ll be in, will you prefer to travel by bus? By train? First class? 
  • Consider contacting a travel agent to help you determine some of your travel costs in advance

Exchange budget worksheet

Here's a sample budget worksheet that you can use to estimate your expenses for exchange. Fill in the table with realistic amounts for each category that applies to you.

Tip: You might find it easier to estimate the monthly expenses for some categories and multiply it by the number of months you'll be away.

Expenses Income
Airfare: International Learning Award:
Accommodation: Other scholarship, awards, and bursaries:
Food: Student loans:
Tuition and student fees: Personal savings:
Books and supplies: Additional income:
Additional medical insurance:  
Local transportation:  
Passport and visa:  
Immunizations:  
Additional travel:  
Personal spending:  
Gifts:  
Other (specify):  
Total expenses: Total income:
 

Go Global Refund Policy

To receive a refund from Go Global, you must withdraw by e-mail to your Go Global advisor by the applicable refund deadline. Students learning abroad for summer programs must withdraw by March 30th to receive a refund. Students learning abroad in Term 1 or Full-Year must withdraw by June 30th to receive a refund. Students learning abroad in Term 2 or Split Year must withdraw by September 30th to receive a refund.

You are eligible for a refund of $321.75 if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements
  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university
  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

You will receive a refund of $93.25  if you withdraw from the program in writing before the set deadlines for reasons other than those stated above.

Please consult with your Go Global advisor if you have any questions.

Advising hours

January 8th to 19th (Extended Hours for Outbound Exchange, Summer & Tec)

Mon: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Tue: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Wed: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Thu: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Fri: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Regular hours (Research & Safety)

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at International house (Vancouver). 

If you’re looking for more information on where you can go, please visit our Resource Library located on the top floor of the International House. Here you can freely browse our collection of material sent from partner universities including international student handbooks, course catalogues and departmental overviews.

Contact Go Global

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver

go.global@ubc.ca

Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

International House
1783 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Canada

Hours

Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm
SatClosed
SunClosed