The following overview shows what kind of costs you can expect. If you know which university you want to apply to, you could also look at the university’s website itself to find more specific costs, such as the tuition, the costs of the rooms and meals, and the average yearly book and living expenses.

Pre-departure costs

Keep in mind that applying alone will cost you money, such as:

  • Admission exams ($50 to $255 per exam), plus potential fees when sending the score reports.
  • Registry/application fee at university’s ($50-$100 per university)
  • Visa and SEVIS(~$360)

If you are on a limited budget, you may qualify for an application fee waiver which will waive your application fee.


Study costs

The following is an estimation of the yearly costs you can expect during your studies. These are dependent on your institution and region and can vary significantly. Scholarships are not included on this list.


Service fees

Books and study materials

Travel costs

Return ticket US airport

Daily travel costs

Campus housing

Room and board

Furniture costs

Holiday housing

Off-campus housing


Furnished single person room

Unfurnished apartment

Other costs

Personal expenses

Campus health care

Medical insurance


$10,000 to $65,000 per academic year

$150 to $600 per academic year

$750 or more per academic year

Travel costs

$1,500, depending on the destination

Minimal if you live on campus. Universities usually offer public transport. If you live off campus, consider getting a bike. A car will be significantly more expensive.

Campus housing


$ 5,000 tot $ 15,000 per academic year, including meals.

Starting at $250. Most dorm rooms are fully furnished.

$1,500 to $2,500 a year. Most campuses are closed during the holidays, so you will need to find an alternative housing solution.

Off-campus housing campus

$50 tot $150 per nacht

$500 to $750 a month

$600 tot $1.200 per maand

Cost vary per region, with cities being significantly more expensive.

Other costs 

$2.000 to $3.000 a year

$150 to $350 a year

$250 to $1.200 a year

$1,500 to $3,500 a year. Off-campus students can opt for meal credits to be used on campus.