5 Summer Programs for Under 5k

TEAN have some great options, including these 5 amazing summer programs all coming in under $5,000USD.
Study Abroad in Thailand 
You can study abroad on any of our three week modules for the Thailand Summer program for less than 5k. The modules range from $2,400 – 2,950 and include your tuition program fees, housing and meals. You can take one 3-week module or opt for the second module and stay for 7 weeks, including a one week break. Learn more.

Thailand Internship 
Our Thailand Interns can participate in a 10-week summer internship for $4,990 that includes your program fees, housing and partial meal plan for the summer, plus an included 3 credit course. Interns also have the option to add on Thai Language for an additional cost. Learn more.

Study Abroad in Singapore   
Your Summer in Singapore is a 4-week program for $2,450 – 3,950 depending on the number of courses. The program cost covers your tuition to Singapore Management University. There is also a cost of $1,200 to cover your housing and program fees. Learn more.

Study Abroad in Shanghai   
Study abroad with our partner Fudan University on this 4-week summer program for only $3,850 which covers your tuition for 1-3 courses, program fees, partial meal plan and housing.  Learn more.

Study Abroad in Seoul    
The 6-week summer program in Seoul is the largest summer program in Asia at Korea University. Your housing, tuition and program fees are all covered for $4,950. Learn more.

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Money Abroad Travel Tips

Banking and Credit Cards – if you haven’t done so already, let your bank and credit card providers know that you’ll be in [insert all countries you will travel to] from [insert start date and end date]. There are no costs associated with activating your card in other countries. This ensures transactions you make are not flagged as “suspicious activity.” If banks notice that someone in another country is making withdrawals from your account, they often assume your cards have been stolen and may cancel them to prevent fraud.

Ask your bank which banks in [insert countries] they have a relationship with. Just as an example, Bank of America has partnerships with Deutsche Bank (Germany) and BNP Paribas (France) and Barclays (England), which allow you to skip the charges if you find those ATMs.

If you will be using a credit card, ask your provider what the foreign transaction fee is per use. Most credit cards charge a 3% fee on purchases made abroad. If you have time, I recommend applying for a credit card that has no foreign transaction fee. I personally have the Chase United Credit Card, which does not charge me any foreign transaction fees.

Always pick the local currency — when you use your credit card abroad, you will often be given the option to be charged in your home currency (i.e., instead of being charged in the local currency, they will charge you in US dollars). Don’t choose to be charged in U.S. dollars. The rate at which they are converting the currency is always worse than the rate your bank will give you. Pick the local currency and let your credit or debit card company make the conversion. You’ll get a better rate.

Do not exchange your money in the U.S. You will have the chance to exchange money when you get to [insert country]. Please check the conversion rates on xe.com to make sure you are receiving the best rate, or at least something close to it. You can download the XE app.

Also (generally), ATMs give you the best exchange rate.

If you have time, I personally recommend opening a Charles Schwab checking account—they have no foreign transaction fees and you can use any ATM within the U.S. or abroad. If you are charged an ATM fee, Schwab will refund you all fees at the end of the month.

Cell Phones – let your cell phone provider know you’ll be out of the country. I usually ask my provider to deduct my non-use from my monthly bill, since I will not be using the cell phone services (talk, text or data) for set amount of time while I am out of the country (so why pay for them). They usually agree to give me a pro-rated charge for not using their services while I’m abroad. Also, make sure your cell phone is on Airplane Mode at all times to avoid roaming charges. You can still use the Wi-Fi feature while on Airplane Mode.

Baggage Fees—Note the baggage fees associated with your airlines.

Last but not least, check the weather and pack light!

Have a wonderful time abroad!

Grace Olguin, Study Abroad Advisor
International Center, Bldg 1-104
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 W. Temple Avenue Pomona, CA 91768

Funding Your Study Abroad

One of the biggest challenges for students who are considering Study Abroad is financial planning– program costs, scholarship eligibility, deadlines, loans, financial aid budgets…

Our best piece of advice: do not let these reasons discourage you from pursuing the experience of a lifetime! There are many other creative ways to finance your Study Abroad, one being fundraising.

Believe it or not, many of the people in your circle (family, friends, coworkers, clubs/organizations, etc.) would be happy to feel like they were a part of your journey to Study Abroad by contributing a small donation that would enable you to participate in such an incredible experience.

These are some websites you can use to create an online fundraising campaign:

Make sure to share with people the important details— a short, one to two paragraph description that addresses:

  1. Where are you going?
  2. Why are you going? (your purpose, your goals, your dreams!)
  3. How will this benefit you? (academically, professionally, personally)

Many adults who did not have the opportunity to Study Abroad actually love to vicariously live through your travels! In exchange for a small donation, ($1, $5, $10, $25, or even $50) you can present incentives such as:

  • $1 to $5= Social Media Shout Out
  • $10 = Post Card from [Country]
  • $25 = Small Souvenir
  • $50+ = All of the above!

People may also be more willing to add a little extra if they knew exactly how you would be using your funding. You can present the total amounts of specific expenses associated with your Study Abroad program, such as the cost of your passport, food for a day, activities/entrance fees, your luggage, your flight, etc.:

  • $15 = Sponsor my entry fee for [program activity/museum/etc.]
  • $25 = Sponsor my meals for a day
  • $100 = Sponsor my passport
  • $300 = Sponsor 25% of the total cost of my round-trip flight

Also, set a deadline! Create your campaign goal to fundraise “$x,xxx” in only “X” weeks! The urgency and excitement of it, as well as your wonderfully written and inspiring story of why you want to Study Abroad, will encourage people to get excited and share your campaign with others.

Finally, share with EVERYONE in your network. This includes family, friends of family, your parent’s coworkers, your friends, your coworkers, your church, clubs/organizations you’re involved in, etc. Push a link to your campaign through text, e-mail, social media, etc. and set up a schedule to push out new content (photos of your destination, a status update about your purpose) that reminds people about your journey to Study Abroad and how they can help you get there.

Ultimately, people who love and support you will help you if you ask, whether it’s in a monetary or non-monetary way. Don’t be afraid to reach out!

Here are some articles and other creative ideas that can help you fundraise: