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Expenses & Costs

After you pay for the program fee to Global Learning, you will need to buy a flight ticket to your destination and cover your own expenses such as accommodation, food, transportation and free time activities. Remember that accommodation and some food are included in the fee for the intensive two-week Summer/Winter International Programs! However, please note that living expenses are generally very low in our study destinations located in Southeast Asia, especially when compared to Europe, North America or Australia. There is naturally no tuition fee that you will have to pay to your host university because this is already included in the program fee.

You can expect to have particularly these main expenses that are not covered by the program fee:


Flying from Europe to our Southeast Asian study destinations can be – quite surprisingly – relatively inexpensive, with the prices for a round-trip starting from as low as 450 Euros. This gives students the opportunity to easily plan their travel itineraries, especially since many of them wish to explore Asia before and after the semester.

Medical insurance

In order to ensure that every participant of our study abroad programs will be provided appropriate medical care and treatment, if needed, we require that all students take out a health insurance policy. The cost of enrolling in a medical insurance plan is not included in the program fee. Participation in a health insurance scheme is mandatory and you will be required to provide proof of a sufficient health insurance policy or plan to cover medical expenses during the entire period of study abroad in your chosen destination.


Global Learning will assist you with all the accommodation arrangements. If students don’t stay at pre-booked dorms on campus, there is a large number of off-campus accommodation options available which cater to all kinds of budgets and preferences. Typically students choose between dormitories, home stays with local families, shared apartments or even luxury tropical villas overlooking the ocean. You can expect to pay around 200 EUR/USD a month for a good-quality accommodation, depending on the destination. (Please note that accommodation and some food are included in the fee for the two-week Summer/Winter International Programs!)

Food and miscellaneous expenses

If you are prepared to eat like a Thai, an Indonesian and Cambodian, you won’t need a big budget – for 200-300 EUR a month, you can enjoy all the delicacies of Asian cuisine! You should remember that – as a general principle – in Thailand, for example, western food is as expensive as Thai food is in your home country. The best rule is ‘go where the students go’!

Local transportation

Local transportation is generally very affordable in all our study destinations. Although taxis are cheap, try to get to know the public transportation system – the latter is not only ecological but also the most economical means of transportation. From Skytrain or BTS in Bangkok, to Kura-Kura or Sarbagita buses in Bali, to bus with open-aired seating areas known as songtaew in Phuket – all will take you from point A to point B around the city or the island in a jiffy!

Scooters and motorbikes are very popular among the locals as well as students in all our study destinations – in Bali or Phuket, the monthly rent for a scooter is about 50 EUR. However, since driving a motorbike is more dangerous than driving a car, we recommend to use scooters or motorbikes only at your own discretion. Last but not the least, getting around the cities and their surrounding areas by walk is not only absolutely free, but it is also a good way to experience the everyday life of the local people and communities.

Free-time activities and personal travel

Traveling in Asia is very affordable and offers an incredible variety of exciting experiences – you should explore not only your study destination but also venture out well beyond to the neighboring countries in the region and all this adventure can be done while on a student budget. With Bangkok being the unofficial center of Asian air traffic, and with Bali, Phuket and Phnom Penh airports well served by budget airlines (e.g. Air Asia, Nok Air, Lion Air, Scoot) connecting them to major Asian hubs, you can seamlessly move around Southeast Asia while discovering its many natural and cultural wonders.

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