Financial Information

Travel Study Costs and Fees

Travel Study courses are regarded as normal UVM courses and as such, normal tuition and fees apply. In addition to tuition, a program fee is charged for each course. The program fee could include costs for room and board, in-country transportation, entrance fees and other fees attached to the course curriculum. Refer to the specific travel study program to identify what is or is not included in the program fee for your course of interest. The cost of airfare is not included. Airfare is the responsibility of the student. Students must be mindful of all expenses when budgeting for the course. Trip cancellation insurance is strongly encouraged in case of an unexpected course cancellation.

Travel Study Payment Policy

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email asking you to accept or decline the spot. To accept your spot, you are required to fill out the commitment deposit form and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within 48 hours. For more information about payment policies and procedures, view the Travel Study Payment Policy. When admitted, student agrees to formally register for the course (as soon as registration is available) through myUVM and acknowledge responsibility for all course-related tuition and fees on their student account. Tuition, plus the balance of the program fee, will be assessed on the student account after formally registering for the course according to the UVM Student Financial Services billing cycle.

Program fee refunds may be granted in rare circumstances and must be requested at least 61 days prior to departure, in writing, to Continuing and Distance Education at travel.study@uvm.edu. No program fee refunds shall be made less than 60 days before departure. A portion of the program fee MAY be returned, excluding the unrecoverable program fee expenses and the non-refundable deposit. Unrecoverable program fee expenses are funds UVM has already committed and cannot be recovered from service providers for expenses that may include, but are not limited to, housing, ground transportation, and entrance fees. Refund of airfare must be directly pursued with the airline. Refund of tuition follows the UVM tuition refund schedule.

For disciplinary reasons, a student may be sent home at his/her own expense, without any refund, at the discretion of the Faculty Director. Students are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance in the event of cancellation for any reason. If UVM cancels the course due to insufficient enrollment or for any other reason, student will receive a full refund of course-related tuition and fees, including the full program fee.

Travel Insurance

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance through an independent insurance provider in the event student must withdraw from the course due to personal reasons, or in the event the course must be canceled for safety reasons (including, but not limited to, a natural disaster, acts of terrorism or political instability). Student may also add on “Cancel for Any Reason” insurance, which is strongly recommended.

Other Expenses

While the majority of fees are covered in your program fee, it’s always a good idea to take some money and/or credit card for personal expenses and emergency expenses. The amount you take varies according to the length of your course and personal spending habits. Check with your faculty director for more specific information.