South Africa Financial Information

Program fees and estimated additional costs for the South Africa program are outlined below, as is information about scholarships that can be applied towards the program costs.


SMC Study Away Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified Temple students. The amount of the scholarships varies and is based on need and merit. The awards will range from $500-3,000 and the amount of the award is determined by SMC Study Away in consultation with Temple’s financial aid office. Awards will be given depending upon the amount of funds available. Please apply using the program application form.


In order to qualify for one of the scholarships above, you must:

  1. be enrolled as a full-time, matriculated student at Temple University at the time of application for a scholarship;
  2. have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average;
  3. enroll as a full-time student in the program;
  4. demonstrate financial need;
  5. be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.

AEA Video Scholarship

Apply to a $500 AEA documentary scholarship and have your video hosted on the AEA website. To get a sense of what they are looking for, although with a journalism focus, please view the short program documentaries on their website under Portfoio –> videos. For more information, please contact AEA directly.

Additional Scholarships

A recent survey conducted by Diamond Edge Communications found that just 36% of students applied for scholarships for study away!  Don’t miss out on the opportunities that exist to help you fund these experiences!  The next set of scholarships are available to Temple University students and can be used for study away program expenses.

Temple University and SMC Scholarships

Outside Scholarships for Study Abroad

Other relevant scholarships:

Additional Financial Resources

Tuition and Fees

Per university policy, Temple students will be charged their home school tuition regardless of participation in a program offered through the School of Media and Communication. See the Bursar’s website to calculate your tuition rate.

Tuition for full-time undergraduate SMC students (6 credits)*
PA state residents: $3,828
Out-of-state residents: $5,784

Graduate Tuition
PA state residents: $865 per credit hour
Out-of-state residents: $1,163 per credit hour

*Please note that the tuition rates listed above are simply an example of the applicable tuition rates for a student whose home school is the School of Media and Communication. All students are strongly encouraged to calculate their individual tuition rate.

Fees (for all students):
Program fee: $4,750 (tentative)*
University Services Fee: $155
International Insurance Fee: $56

Estimated totals for billed expenses (for undergraduate SMC students):
PA state residents: $8,789 (tentative)*
Out-of-state residents: $10,745(tentative)*

* Program fees include hearty daily breakfast; kitchen facilities are available for other meals.

Included in the tuition and program fee:

  • One six-credit SMC Journalism course with a focus on news and documentary production or a focus on media research
  • Group field trips in and around Johannesburg
  • Shared student housing in a bed and breakfast in Johannesburg
  • Access to a university library
  • Ground transportation to and from ORT International airport
  • Ground transportation in and around the city and to and from outlying townships
  • An orientation session and a tour of the city

Other estimated costs:

  • Passport, new: $120+
  • Passport, renewal: $85+
  • Meals: $440. This will vary depending on style of living.
  • Mobile phone rental: $200
  • Daily expenses: $600. This will vary depending on style of living.
  • International Student Identity Card: $25
  • Round-trip airfare from Philadelphia: $1,500-$2,000