Paying for the Trip


Students can apply for stipends through the school’s Public Interest Summer Stipend program. Stipends allow students to offset the costs of travel, housing, food, and other expenses. Students can seek additional travel awards from the School of Law International Programs Office, the Washington University Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service, and other sources.  Students are encouraged to talk with prior students about costs and funding applications.


The greatest expense for students traveling to Africa is airfare, which can cost from $1500-$2000 round trip, depending on the time of year one is traveling.

The cost of housing is generally comparable to that in St. Louis. Students have a variety of housing options in Africa, ranging from dormitories like the YWCA (less than $250/ month, including breakfast and dinner daily); to bed and breakfasts (approximately $500/ month); to furnished holiday flats on the Durban beachfront (approximately $550/month per student on a shared basis).

Food is generally cheaper in Africa, and students in the past have purchased many of their meals from street vendors at approximately $2.00-$3.00 a meal. Meals at western restaurants cost approximately $8.00-$10.00.

Transportation to and from work costs about 15 cents each way on public transportation or $1.00-$2.00 for taxis. Holiday travel and accommodations within Africa are fairly reasonable.

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