Tuition and fees for undergraduate international students vary depending on your area of study. These cost estimates are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more semester hours) for the fall and spring semesters.

Estimated Costs for International Students, 2017-18
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Business Engineering Nursing Pharmacy
Tuition $28,052 $29,366 $29,052 $30,662 $43,148
Technology Fee 497 664 724 497 686
Career Services Fee 26 26 26 26 0
Additional Fees* 1,195 1,195 1,195 1,195 1,195
Books 950 950 950 950 950
Health Insurance 1,980 1,980 1,980 1,980 1,980
Living Expenses** 9,500 9,500 9,500 9,500 9,500
Total (U.S.) $42,219 $43,700 $43,446 $44,829 $57,478

* Additional fees include a $140 international student fee, $120 international orientation fee, $237 Student Health & Wellness fee, $72 student activity fee, $123 building fee, $77 student services fee, $124 student union fee, $25 arts and cultural events fee, and $277 recreation fee.

** Living expenses are estimated for 12 months.

  • Business international students third- and fourth-year business students pay $30,366.
  • Engineering international students second-year engineering students pay $28,700; third- and fourth-year engineering students pay $30,210.

Billing & Payment Information

The University Billing Office generates bills on the first of each month. Contracted charges—including tuition, fees, room, and board—are billed June 1 for the Summer Session, August 1 for the Fall Semester, December 1 for the Winter Session, and January 1 for the Spring Semester.

Financial Aid

The university offers several Scholarships for International Students. These scholarships are competitive, and many are renewable for up to four years if adequate academic performance is maintained. However, because of the nature of federal and state funding for the University, international students do not qualify for need-based scholarships, grants, loans, or other funds administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Many UI students hold on-campus jobs, and work opportunities are nearly always available. Most jobs pay about $8.20 per hour and entail work in a laboratory or in food service. You may be taxed for income earned in the United States. Money is deducted each pay period from most employees' paychecks for federal and state income taxes. The amount of the deduction varies greatly.

In general terms, students in F-1 and J-1 status are permitted to work on campus 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semester and 40 hours per week during school breaks when classes are not in session. Students in J-1 status must first receive written permission from the responsible office for their J-program to work on campus.

Note that F-1 and J-1 students are not eligible to work at jobs designated "Work-Study Program." After one year, F-1 students are eligible for off-campus internships related to their program of study. Off-campus employment is rarely allowed.