Field Work Term could potentially be free if you live at home and your parents don’t mind you mooching. It could also potentially be very expensive if you travel to an exotic country and live in a five-star hotel and only order room service for seven weeks. However, usually it’s possible to find a balance between these two extremes. It’s really difficult to say what the average cost of FWT is because it can really vary, so I’m going to break it down so you can get an idea of how expensive or cheap it could potentially be. Here are the things that you have to consider and how they can be made cheaper:
–Housing. You could live at home, with an alumni, or with another student’s parents for free or for very cheap. You can also sometimes work out a deal with your employer for housing. This is a great way to lessen the cost of housing. It’s also fairly easy to find housing in most areas through Airbnb.
–Food. If you don’t eat out much, eating over FWT can be pretty inexpensive. Trader Joe’s was my go-to this winter!
–Travel. This can really vary obviously. Plane tickets to exotic places can be expensive, however living in these countries is oftentimes cheaper than in the states, so it can balance out.
–Fun. You will probably want to have some of this on your FWT, but fun can be expensive. There are also cheap ways to have fun though and this can be a fun challenge in a new city!
So, the bottom line is that cost of FWT can really vary, but there are ways to lessen expenses (like getting a grant or living with an alum). It’s also possible to get a paid FWT! These are harder to find, but are really helpful in financing FWT. Hope this helps! If you have specific questions feel free to email me at email@example.com.