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2014/2015 Estimate of Expenses
for Graduate International Students on the
Charles River Campus

These estimates are for graduate international students studying at the Charles River Campus during the 2014/2015 academic year. Please click here for the Estimate of Expenses for programs at the Boston University Medical Campus. The 9-month estimate covers the Fall and Spring semesters, while the 12-month estimate covers Fall, Spring, and Summer. Please keep in mind that the figures for living expenses are estimates.

Estimate for Graduate Students

Tuition listed is for most graduate programs. Please see the "Tuition Exceptions" section below for a list of schools or colleges with different tuition charges and adjust the tuition estimate accordingly. Some academic programs require additional fees; please check with your academic program to determine if additional fees will apply. Although students are not required to enroll in Summer Term, any coursework taken during the summer or at the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) will require additional tuition and fees.

9 Months
12 Months
Tuition (see exceptions below)
$ 45,686
$ 45,686
University Fees 1
Health Insurance 2
Room and Board
Books and Supplies
Incidentals 3
$ 67,914
$ 74,735

Estimate for Dependents

A dependent is defined as the student's spouse or child (under the age of 21). Please add the following figures to the total estimate listed above when a student will be accompanied by dependents.

9 Months
12 Months
For one dependent
$ 10,831
$ 12,862
For two dependents
$ 18,028
$ 21,728
For each additional dependent, add this figure to the estimate above for two dependents.
$ 4,902
$ 5,739

Tuition Exceptions (per year)
Substitute these tuition figures in place of the standard tuition figure above when calculating estimate of expenses.

College of Fine Arts
$ 22,858
School of Law
$ 46,097
School of Social Work
$ 29,800
School of Theology
$ 18,176

Continuing Student Fees(per year)
This fee maintains the registration status of students who have finished all required degree coursework and are only completing thesis or dissertation research.

Continuing Student Fee
$ 5,712


  1University Fees:  Fees include the Student Services fees and Health and Wellness fees for the year; does not include any special fees that may be associated with specific schools/colleges. 


  2 Health Insurance Rate: Health insurance is required for all international students and their dependent family members. Please note that these rates are for students on the Charles River Campus, and are based on the basic student health insurance plan available for purchase through Boston University.

3 Incidentals include transportation and personal expenses

Boston University
March 17, 2014

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office