Photograph: View of ocean from Barbados.

Tuition, Fees, Costs, and Financial Aid

Tuition. Tuition for the 2016 program will be $5,200. That amount includes both courses (six Washburn Law credit hours), both field trips, and the island safari tour. Tuition is non-refundable unless one's failure to attend is for verified reasons of illness or military obligation or program cancellation.

Registration fee. Your registration fee of $200 will be applied toward tuition, but is non-refundable if you withdraw. If the program is full or cancelled, the fee will be refunded to you. The fee is payable directly to the law school through the simple registration form provided to the right of the screen.

Application fee. Applications are handled through Washburn University's Office of International Programs (OIP). A modest application fee will help to cover emergency services and other administrative support while you are abroad. The application fee for current Washburn Law students is $75, and for law students from other universities, $200. The application fee is not refundable. For more information, see the university's statement on study abroad program fees.

Insurance fee. All students participating in Washburn study abroad programs are required to enroll in the Washburn University Study Abroad Insurance Plan, for the minimal fee of approximately $13. The insurance registration and payment form is part of the program application. The university will automatically enroll accepted students in the plan, which includes health and emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance. A copy of the policy is available in the International Programs Office and will be included in the Study Abroad Orientation Packet provided to students before departure. For more information, see WU Study Abroad Insurance.

Housing fee. For a fuller experience, students nearly always elect to stay on campus. In 2015, the housing fee was $1,575 for the entire duration of the program. We expect the fee for 2016 to be approximately the same. For a description of accommodations and off-campus options, see Accommodations and Facilities.

Course materials, travel, meals, and other expenses. Students will be responsible for purchasing their course materials, for their meals, and for their international air travel and ground travel. To plan your budget, see this year's Estimated Student Budget.

Estimated Budget

A summary of costs and estimated student budget (20 KB PDF) is available for purposes of obtaining sufficient loan money. Contact the Director of International Legal Programs with questions about this budget.

Payment Schedule

  • February 15, 2016: For students using financial aid, this is the recommended date to begin your application for aid. Washburn students should apply directly through the WU financial aid office. Students from other universities should apply through their home institution’s financial aid office. That office can arrange for a “consortium” agreement to forward your payments to Washburn University.
  • March 1, 2016: This is the deadline for Washburn Law students to apply for the program, if they wish to be eligible for internal scholarships.
  • March 15, 2016: For those paying directly, without the use of financial aid, this is the deadline for the first half of tuition ($2,600). For those using financial aid, please provide a letter from your financial aid office to the Director of International Legal Programs indicating that you are using aid; the Director will ask the law school to defer your tuition until financial aid awards are disbursed.
  • April 15, 2016: Deadline to submit registration fee ($200.00) with registration form.
  • April 15, 2016: For those paying directly, without the use of financial aid, this is the deadline for the second half of tuition ($2,600). For those using financial aid, if you have provided the letter from financial aid described above, tuition is customarily deferred until financial aid awards are disbursed. This date is also the deadline for all students to apply to the program.
  • May 1, 2016: Housing fee due for students staying on campus. For those using financial aid, if you have provided the letter from financial aid described above, the housing fee is customarily deferred until financial aid awards are disbursed.

Financial Assistance

WU International Programs Scholarships.

Washburn Law students are eligible to apply for International Programs Scholarships awarded through the International Programs Office at Washburn University. Scholarships for summer study abroad programs are typically about $500. They cannot be guaranteed, but are often awarded to WU Law students attending the Barbados program. Applications are due by March 1, 2016. For more information on the application process see Study Abroad Application and Scholarships on the Washburn University website (see WU Students under the Applications section).

Law Student Study Abroad Scholarship. Washburn Law students who are accepted to the program will have their tuition reduced depending on the amount received from WU International Programs Scholarships. If the student receives $0 to $500 in WU International Programs Scholarships, the law school will reduce the student’s tuition by $500. For students who receive an International Programs Scholarship of $600-$1,000, the law school will reduce the student’s tuition by an amount between $100 and $400.

Financial Aid. Financial aid applies to the fixed costs, estimated expenses, and basic cost of living above. It may also include an allowance for continued U.S. living expenses while abroad, if the student makes that request to his or her financial aid officer. Most entertainment, such as non-educational sightseeing, is not included.

  • Washburn Students: Due to tightening federal regulations, financial aid disbursements now arrive much later in our program. For that reason, the law school has arranged for internal, Washburn University “bridge loans” for our students. The bridge loan will advance enough aid to allow the student to travel and study in Barbados until the financial aid award arrives. The bridge loan is paid from the financial aid award. Be sure to consult with the Director of International Legal Programs to ensure you are completing the necessary steps to receive your bridge loan through the Washburn University Business Office.
  • Non-Washburn Students: Students can apply for financial aid through their home institution’s financial aid office. Ask your financial aid office to form a temporary financial aid “consortium” arrangement with Washburn for purposes of your study in the Barbados program.
  • All law students: The amount of financial aid available for a given term depends upon an individual student’s circumstances. One should seek advice from a financial aid representative to determine what funds are available. For example, if the student received too much aid the previous academic year, that amount may be deducted from the summer aid award.
Photograph: Brian Cox.
"Learning the law in a new and different setting makes it even more engaging and exciting. Getting to know students and professors at the University of the West Indies adds to a network of contacts that can be very valuable for a globalized career. Seeing and learning how the law works in a different cultural and historical setting is really neat." - Brian Cox, Washburn Law Student