Program Fees & Funding

Program Fees & Airfare

Program Fees for the five or six-week program include all course-related fees, host family stays, and program-related excursions. Not included in Program Fees: Airfare to and from the host country plus personal expenses and several meals on overnight excursions. Please note that some group flights depart from Chicago and that travel to and from the group departure airport is not included. 

2018 Program Fee and Airfare

Country City Program Fee Group Flight Prices**
Austria Graz $4,900 $1,504
Chile Viña del Mar $4,700 $1,565
China* Hangzhou $4,700 $1,589
France Brest $4,900 $1,453
Saumur $4,900 $1,453
St. Brieuc $4,900 $1,455
Japan Osaka $4,900 $1,692
Spain Ciudad Real $4,900 $1,266
León $4,900 $1,435
Oviedo $4,900 $1,495

*Students traveling to China will also pay an additional $200 in visa fees.
**Any changes in prices between now and departure due to itinerary adjustments will be minimal.

Miscellaneous fees include registration fee at the beginning of the program cycle, passport application fees, travel to and from possible interviews and mandatory Student-Guardian Orientation, as well as potential postage for certain acceptance forms. While participation in IUHPFL is a significant investment, the program is priced much more competitively than most international and even U.S. foreign language summer programs. This is possible because Indiana University is committed to making IUHPFL as affordable as possible for students and, for that reason, manages its resources efficiently while offering aid to those who need financial assistance to take advantage of this unique opportunity. It is IUHPFL’s goal to continue to improve the quality of IUHPFL year after year and give as much funding to its students as possible.

Based on its self-funded model and effort to provide students as much financial support as possible, IUHPFL is able to offer the highest quality program at a lower rate than other study abroad programs.

Payment Process

Program Fees are due in four installations: the first installation is made upon acceptance into IUHPFL, in February of the travel year. At this point, students incur two immediate expenses, the initial program fees deposit and airfare deposit, to secure their slot as a participant. The complete payment schedule can be reviewed below and in the Student Checklist.

  • A non-refundable initial payment of $500 toward Program Fees. This initial payment contributes towards the upfront costs of deposits made for accommodations onsite. 
  • A non-refundable $500 airfare deposit towards round-trip group flights. For the students' safety and security, and also for the logistical ease of the program, we require that all students traveling to the same site must fly together on the same group flights to and from the host country. 
IUHPFL Payment Schedule 2018
Type of Payment Amount

Due Date

1. Program Fees Deposit

$500 02.15.2018

2. Airfare Deposit

$500 03.01.2018

3. Second Installment toward Program Fees

$1,000 03.15.2018

4. Balance toward Airfare


5. Third Installment toward Program Fees

$1,500 04.15.2018

6. Balance toward Program Fees


Program Fees will be paid to Indiana University Accounts Receivable while Airfare will be paid to Travel Leaders.

Accepted students who have not paid the balance in full by the last payment deadline, will not be able to participate in the program. 


IUHPFL strives to provide detailed information about financing the program for its participants as it understands the significant financial commitment the program requires. Funding resources include guardians and family members, financial assistance, fundraising, and scholarships.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is available for students applying to IUHPFL. Financial Assistance through IUHPFL is provided in the form of a reduction in program fees that is reflected on student invoices, not a loan that needs to be repaid.

Financial assistance for IUHPFL applicants is distributed based upon individual family need and varies in amount.

Even though IUHPFL uses a tool to figure the expected family contribution, the office determines the need for financial assistance based solely on the pool of program applicants. Over the past two program cycles, on average, over 60 percent of students who applied for Financial Assistance received it.

If you have questions about whether 529 Funds can be used to pay IUHPFL program fees, please consult with a financial advisor. Please note, while we are associated with IU, our participants are not students of the University.