Unexpected expenses students should take note of

International students have a lot to consider financially when leaving home to study abroad. While tuition fees and rent generally comprise the largest portion of student expenses, there are plenty of other hidden costs you’re likely to incur.Here are some unexpected costs that you may have to face as an international student:You may find that your first student fee bill is larger than you thought. This is because most universities charge students for a variety of fees aside from the tuition, with some adding ‘international student fees’ as well to cover administration charges.These may include fees for athletics, academic transcripts, graduation, orientation, student affairs, access for computer labs, libraries, gyms and health insurance (mandatory for international students in some countries like the US).While these fees are usually not exorbitant, they can add up, so make sure you factor these in when planning your finances for an overseas education. Your university should also be able to give you a breakdown of your semester fees, so ask them in advance.

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