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5 Steps to Study Abroad Success

Step 4 Finance

Paying for your ESL Program

Making Financial Arrangements

Living and studying overseas can be expensive. Careful planning is both necessary and important. You will be required to prove to the school and to the consular officer that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses (housing, food, clothing, etc.), health insurance, as well as the school''s tuition and fees.

So how much money will you need? You can get a general idea about expenses by looking at the school''s online profile (see specific course fees on Apply''s School Profiles) as well as catalogs or application information provided directly by the school.

The cost of living in different parts of the same country also varies. In general, living in urban areas (in or near a big city) is more expensive than living in smaller towns or rural areas. Renting an apartment in a big city can cost twice as much as it does in a smaller town. In large cities affordable housing is in high demand and more difficult to find. Food, clothing, entertainment, and other living expenses are also usually more expensive in a city.

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