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Expenses

students applicationStudents should have at least $12,046 (US dollars) for academic and living expenses for two terms. Married students should have additional funds for family living expenses. Amounts may vary considerably depending on student lifestyle. All checks must be payable to the University of Tennessee on a US dollar bank account (current exchange rate table). All fees must be paid on the first day of the term by cash, personal check, traveler’s check, or credit card. The university accepts Visa and Mastercard.

Transfer of Funds

Because tuition must be paid on the first day of ELI registration, every student should have the necessary funds available in US dollars. ELI recommends that students purchase traveler’s checks and/or consult their local bank about a safe, efficient way to transfer funds so that money is available when they arrive in Knoxville. Students should not carry large sums of cash.

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  • Application fee is $50.
  • Part-time students pay $625 for core classes and $50 for books.
  • Part time students or those wanting to take only an elective or TOEFL course pay $125 per weekly contact hour and $50 textbook fee (if one is assigned).

Academic Expenses for Fall 2017–Summer 2018

All costs are subject to change. Estimated for a single student.


8-Week Terms (Fall I, Fall II, Spring I,  Spring II)
Expenses Costs Details
Tuition & Maintenance Fee $2,164 Includes instruction, social/cultural activities & TOEFL
Textbooks $200 Includes materials, books & technology fee
Activities Fee $488 Required of all university students
Total Academic Expenses $2,852


16-Week Terms (Fall I & Fall II, Spring I & Spring II)
Expenses Costs Details
Tuition & Maintenance Fee $4,328 Includes instruction, social/cultural activities & TOEFL
Textbooks $400 Includes materials, books & technology fee
Activities Fee $488 Required of all university students
Total Academic Expenses $5,216


Summer 2018 (8 weeks)
Expenses Costs Details
Tuition & Maintenance Fee $2,164 Includes instruction, social/cultural activities & TOEFL
Textbooks $200 Includes materials, books & technology fee
Activities Fee $296 Required of all university students
Total Academic Expenses $2,660


Living Expenses

All costs are subject to change. Estimated for a single student.



8-Week Terms (Fall I, Fall II, Spring I,  Spring II)
Expenses Costs Details
On-Campus Housing $1,600 Estimated for a shared room
On-Campus Food $850 Varies by student & meal plan selected
Health Insurance $450 Estimated, required
Personal $450 Entertainment, telephone, laundry, etc.
Total Living Expenses  $3,350
TOTAL EXPENSES $6,202


16-Week Terms (Fall I & Fall II, Spring I & Spring II)
Expenses Costs Details
On-Campus Housing $3,500 Estimated for a shared room
On-Campus Food $1,700 Varies by student & meal plan selected
Health Insurance $750 Estimated, required
Personal $900 Entertainment, telephone, laundry, etc.
Total Living Expenses $6,850
TOTAL EXPENSES $12,066


Summer 2018 (8 weeks)
Expenses Costs Details
On-Campus Housing $1,700 Estimated for a shared room
On-Campus Food $850 Varies by student & meal plan selected
Health Insurance $300 Estimated, required
Personal $450 Entertainment, telephone, laundry, etc.
Total Living Expenses $3,300
TOTAL EXPENSES $5,960


All expenses are subject to change. Living expenses are estimated.

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