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Programs : Budget Sheet

The following listing represents the Spring Budget Sheet for Sophia University (BSO).

Spring Budget Sheet for Sophia University (BSO)
Spring Budget Sheet for Sophia University (BSO)
Budget Item Cost
Tuition (This item will appear on your Penn bill) *   $23,708.00
Study Abroad Fee (This item will appear on your Penn bill) *   $2,376.00
Billable subtotal:  $26,084.00
Lodging   $2,000.00
Meals   $2,125.00
Personal Expenses   $1,075.00
Local Transportation   $360.00
Books and Supplies   $450.00
Mandatory Health Insurance   $61.00
Visa Fee   $0.00
Round Trip Flight from Gateway city to Program site   $1,500.00
Non-billable subtotal:  $7,571.00
Total: $33,655.00
Cost Estimate Preparation: This cost estimate was prepared on November 15, 2017 for the Spring 2018 semester. These costs are approximations and are subject to change.

Exchange Rate: USD $1 = 112.97 Japanese Yen (November 15, 2017)

Lodging: The housing fee is based on the semester rate of the Sophia Soshigaya International House.  Other housing options range from approximately $1,460- $3,650 USD for the semester depending on the type of housing. Students should budget for the housing option they select and also be sure to budget in any additional fees such as utility fees.

Meals: No meal service is provided for Sophia Soshigaya International House. The estimate for meals is based on local food options.

Personal Expenses: This estimate is meant to cover general expenses of college life, including additional course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, cell phone, etc. Personal expenses do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

Local Transportation: All dormitories are off-campus. Students must commute to Sophia from their housing. Since the Sophia campus is located in the heart of Tokyo, the cost of living near campus is very high. As reasonable housing is located in the suburbs, exchange students should expect a 45-90 min. commuting time to campus. The train and subway systems in Tokyo are well-developed, but during the morning rush hours, the trains are very crowded.

Books and Supplies: N/A

Mandatory Health Insurance: Mandatory Japanese National Health Insurance at 1,500 yen/month for 4 months (~$54 USD) + 800 yen Personal Accident Insurance (~$7 USD)

Visa Fee: There are no visa fees for US Citizens, and fees are waived for some 50+ nationalities found at the following link:

Additional Program Information: N/A

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* Billable item