The number will surely go up or down a bit, but $5000 is about right, and is typical of programs like this one. That figure covers pretty much all program costs, including all the tuition and school fees, all the lodging, and the cost of all excursions.
There are some additional costs not included in the approximate $5000 price tag: airfare, most meals, and whatever other spending money you need for incidentals or a weekend jaunt to Paris, if you want to do something like that. As of September 2017, there are good flights to London for summer 2018 for $1200. But that could go down or, much more likely, up. The cost of meals for three weeks in London, an expensive city, will surely be hundreds of bucks. All in, a lot of students will spend something like $7000 (U.S. dollars) by the time we’re home.
A study abroad program of this type is not cheap. But it’s worth it. You were going to spend the tuition and food part of that money anyway 🙂 Meanwhile, you also went to another country, you learned about culture and people in a way that wouldn’t be possible in San Marcos, and you became a more cosmopolitan, interesting human being. Money well spent.
This study abroad program is eligible for almost all of the usual financial aid programs that you use for regular coursework and costs on campus. Texas State also has a pool of $300,000 dedicated specifically to IEFS study abroad scholarships this year. For more information about financial aid and scholarships for study abroad, see the Texas State Study Abroad financial assistance page.