In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for an international studies degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,934 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

30% above average compared to other degrees

$ 31,434 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

56% above average compared to other degrees

$ 41,065 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

27% above average compared to other degrees

What do international studies graduates earn?

International studies students make an average of $55,671 per year after graduation. This is 17% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

24% of international studies graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is high compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 55,671 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 22% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

17% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular international studies schools in the US

There are 642 schools in the US that offer a international studies degree. The international studies schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego and University of California-Irvine. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in international studies per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Los Angeles$13,261
University of California-San Diego$14,018
University of California-Irvine$13,738
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
University of California-Santa Barbara$14,451
California State University-Long Beach$6,730
San Diego State University$7,460
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor$14,826
University of Southern California$54,259
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus$18,436

Top US schools for an international studies degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering international studies degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Yale University7%$51,400
University of Pennsylvania9%$53,534
Claremont McKenna College10%$52,825
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Tufts University15%$54,318
Colby College16%$53,120
University of Southern California16%$54,259
Washington University in St Louis16%$51,533
University of California-Los Angeles16%$13,261
Pitzer College16%$52,236

Cheapest US schools for an international studies degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an international studies degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Phoenix College$2,094
Washtenaw Community College$3,960
Brigham Young University-Idaho$4,018
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College$4,080
Jefferson Community and Technical College$4,160
Lakeland Community College$4,165
Oakland Community College$4,376
Rowan College at Burlington County$4,545
Mineral Area College$4,720
Murray State College$5,050


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