What will it cost?

Unfortunately, going on an exchange programme will cost you more money than staying in St. John’s.   Under the normal protocols for exchange programmes, you pay your tuition and fees here, registering under a special block number in the slot book, and take courses at the host university, and transfer the credits back to MUN.   Anyone going on an exchange must thus figure on paying tuition and fees for a full course load.   In addition, you will have to cover the costs of travel, visa (if necessary), any supplementary insurance, food and housing, books, and entertainment.  

If this sounds grim, it is, but there is some good news:  

  • First of all, you have to pay tuition and fees anyway, if you are going to be studying at MUN.  
  • Second, you also have to eat here and (if you are not from St. John’s) pay for housing anyway.
  • Third, you can still receive scholarships and student loans (I know –who wants to ). 
  • Fourth , the European Union’s new currency, the EURO isn’t doing as well in currency markets as some people expected.   Right now the value of the EURO is just about 93 cents to the US dollar.  You may not realize it, but that makes most European countries (unfortunately the UK is an exception) about 10-15% cheaper than last year or the year before.

Thus, if you do go on exchange, your total cost, including tuition and fees will be $6000-$7000 per semester.   If you subtract costs you pay anyway, the additional costs is less – probably about $2000-$3000 depending on how much you pay for food and housing.   Estimated 2000-2001  costs for exchanges to Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden are listed below:


 

 SWEDEN

 IRELAND

 NETHERLANDS

tuition and fees*

$1,826*

$1,826*

$1,826*

airfare

$1500

$1000

$1000

food

$800

$800

$1200

accommodation

$1800

$1600

$2000

books

$150

$250

$200

miscellaneous

$500

$500

$500

Total

$6,576

$5,976

   $6,726

*Based on tuition fees for five undergraduate courses at Memorial University in the academic year 2000-2001, including full‑time student union fee.