Estimated Semester Expenses for Incoming Exchange Students
The expenses listed are totals for one semester unless otherwise noted.
Please note that the budget below is an estimate and will not necessarily apply to all students.
|SEVIS fee for J-1 Students||$220|
|Visa fee for J-1 Students||$245||As of May 2023|
|Startup/Arrival Costs||$250-300|| Covers transportation to campus, any meals before
the dining halls open, furniture or other basic
necessities for dormitories or residences.
|US Cell Phone or SIM card||$30-50 per month|| A US cell phone number is required for visa
|On-Campus Housing||$5500|| Housing ranges from $4500-6500 for 2023-2024
based on residence options. The estimate includes
early move-in fees for orientation (around $40/night
for 3-5 nights) and optional break housing during
Thanksgiving break, Winter break, and Spring
break, when the campus is closed. See the
accommodation calendar here: ResLife: Important
|Off-Campus Housing||$1000 per month||Ranges from $900-1300 per month|
|On-Campus Meal Plan||$2,974|| Base level dining plan - does not include Dining
Dollars. See available plans here.
|Off-Campus Food Expenses||$1,600||Without on-campus meal plan|
|Excursions hosted by UMD||$50-100|
| Personal Expenses
(local travel and entertainment)
|$1,600||$100 per week estimate|
|Student Activity Fee||$42.50|| This fee is the only mandatory fee exchange
students must pay. Based on 2023-2024 cost.
| Mandatory Student Health
Insurance Plan (SHIP)
|$1358|| 2023-2024 rates:
Full Year: $2,334