Office of International Programs

Kyoto Costs: 2018/19

The fees, charges, and expenses shown are estimates only and subject to change.

Expense Expense Type Fall 
Spring Year
Program Fee* Billed by Brown $27160 $27160 $54320
Brown Student Health Insurance ** (waived if students demonstrate that they are covered by a comprehensive U.S.-based health insurance policy)  Billed by Brown $3846 (annual rate) $2234 (available only for students who are newly enrolled at Brown for the S19 semester) $3846 (annual rate)
Housing Fee (includes some meals; meals vary depending on homestay or apartments) Billed by Columbia $5500 $5500 $11000
Airfare Direct Student Cost $1500 $1500 $1500
Additional Meals (varies depending on housing; $250/month if living in homestay, $500/month if living in apartment)  Direct Student Cost $1500 $1500 $3000
Personal (estimate varies according to individual spending habits; does not include personal travel) Direct Student Cost $1200 $1200 $2400
Local Transport Direct Student Cost $200 $200 $400
Books Direct Student Cost N/A N/A N/A
Required Immunizations and Medications (if applicable and not covered by insurance) Direct Student Cost n/a n/a n/a
Visa Fees*** Direct Student Cost n/a n/a n/a

*Program Fee: The program fee covers onsite tuition and related academic programming. It also covers emergency travel assistance. 

**Health Insurance: Students will be billed automatically for Brown Student Health Insurance, unless an online “Health Insurance Waiver Form” is completed by June 1st for Fall and Full year programs or January 1st for Spring programs. You will receive a Student Health Insurance Plan information packet, which will include instructions on how to waive the insurance online if you have other comparable insurance in place.

***Visa Fees:  For some programs, students may need to apply for a visa or register upon arrival. Costs for processing of individual visas and registration range from $50 to $500, depending on the country and on the citizenship of the student.

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