In general, you should plan to spend at least as much in a given month abroad as you would at home. Keep in mind that the amount of money you spend ultimately depends on the lifestyle you choose. One staff member noted: “I would even make a direct relationship here: the less money you spend, the better the experience. The more money you spend, the more you alienate yourself from the host country experience and miss a main point of the program.” Local university students, on average, spend far less money than visiting students, don’t travel out of the country as much, and are not often found in local bars and clubs on week nights.

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