Utilities and other housing expenses are not included in the lodging expense. Utilities are calculated as follows:
Utilities: 6500 yen/month for 4 months
Internet: 2000 yen/month for 4 months
Fire Insurance: 15,000 yen/semester (*13,000 of total acts as insurance deposit, refunded at conclusion of semester)
Linens: 15,000 yen/semester
Additional rates are calculated as follows:
Meals: 60,000 yen/month for 4 months
Books and supplies: 50,000 yen/semester
Local transportation: 10,280 yen/month for 4 months
Personal expenses: 20,000 yen/month for 4 months
Health Insurance: Japanese National Health Insurance at 1,500 yen/month for 4 months + 800 yen Personal Accident Insurance (mandatory)
The flight expense is the estimated cost of a round trip ticket from the East Coast to Tokyo (Narita Airport). Students living outside of the East Coast may need to arrange for a connecting flight to a gateway city at an additional variable cost, to be calculated individually by the student. Additionally, students may need to travel to a consulate to apply for and/or pick up a visa, again to be calculated individually by the student.
Exchange rate: $1.00 USD = 104.75 Japanese Yen (JPY) on November 8, 2016. Visit this link for more information on how Penn Abroad prepares program budget sheets.