Costs During Your Program

  • Review your expenditures regularly to make sure you are living within your budget. You may find you need to cut back on impulse buys.
  • Maintain an emergency fund “cushion” for unexpected or emergency costs. For example, even with international health insurance, the healthcare provider may require you to pay at the time of service and file a claim for reimbursement.
  • Don’t forget to plan for “unpleasant” fees: If you damage your place of lodging (e.g., if you dye your hair purple and stain hotel towels), you will likely be charged by the owner. And, if your luggage is over the weight limit, you’ll be charged by the airline.