For basic information on paying for meals, see the At a Glance table below. For more detailed information on each meal type, scroll past the table and click on the appropriate section.
At a Glance
|Faculty and Staff Meals (per diem)
|Study Abroad F&A
|Workday – direct deposit or check to program staff member
|Meal per diem amounts listed in your program budget; no receipts necessary
|Students are generally responsible for paying for their own individual meals. However, you may choose to allot funds from the field advance to students for meals. See Student Meals section below for more information.
or Study Abroad F&A
|Field advance debit card or cash withdrawn from field advance card
or Deposit paid with Study Abroad F&A credit card
|Original itemized receipts included with field advance documentation (must not include alcoholic beverages)
or Study Abroad F&A
|Out of Pocket
Study Abroad F&A credit card
|Reimbursement Form and itemized receipt(s) to Study Abroad F&A for reimbursement
or Restaurant contact information for direct payment by Study Abroad F&A
Faculty and Staff Meals
|You are not required to retain any receipts for purchases made with your meal per diem
|Direct Deposit and UWNetID
|Meal per diems are ideally deposited directly to the staff member’s personal bank account. Please advise your program staff to set up direct deposit and create a UWNetID as soon as they are appointed by the UW to ensure that they will receive their meal per diem by direct deposit. This applies to any employee who has been newly appointed by the UW, even if they were previously employed by the UW
|40% of maximum allowable per diem
|The Study Abroad office’s policy is to allow up to 40% of the maximum meal per diem for your study abroad location set by the U.S. Department of State
|Your meal per diem allowance is intended to pay for your meals and incidentals such as laundry, tips for personal services such as food service and luggage handling, and any exchange fees you incur with personal purchases
Program Staff meal per diems will automatically be processed and paid by SAFA using the meal per diem amounts included in your program budget. Meal per diems are processed through Workday as follows.
|Meal per diems for short-term programs are processed as reimbursements
|Meal per diems for quarter-long programs are processed as advances
Occasionally student meals will be provided by a host or local coordinator and programs often host a few group meals, but students are generally responsible for paying for their own individual meals.
However, you may choose to allot funds from the field advance to students for meals.
- To do this, fill out a Meal/Activity Allowance Form for each meal with all students’ names and the purpose of the disbursement of cash
- Disburse the same amount of cash to each student
- Have each student sign the form next to their name to attest that they received the funds
- You do NOT need to collect receipts from the students for their purchases with the cash disbursed
- Enter the total amount disbursed to students as one line item in your Field Advance Reconciliation Spreadsheet, and Include the completed form with your documentation as a receipt for that line item
- You can upload the completed Field Advance Reconciliation Spreadsheet directly into Expensify to record the group meal
Most study abroad programs include some group meals for all of their program staff and students during their programs. These should be included in your program budget.
|Meal per Diem Maximum
|In order to be paid out of a UW budget, meal expenditures must fall within the maximum allowable meal per diem rates set by the U.S. Department of State, i.e. expenditures should not exceed the maximum for each individual participating in the group meal. This is not usually an issue as maximum per diem amounts tend to be higher than the amount spent by Program Directors, but please keep this in mind
|In most cases group meals are paid for with field advance funds, either with the field advance card being charged directly or with cash withdrawn from the card
|Advance Payment by SAFA
|If you would like to make a reservation for your group meal that requires a deposit payment, SAFA would be happy to pay the deposit in advance of your program. Please send us an invoice with the amount due and vendor details
Many study abroad programs choose to have snacks or meals at their pre-departure orientations or meet for their orientations at a restaurant. These should be included in your program budget.
|Meal per Diem Maximum
|In order to be paid out of a UW budget, meal expenditures must fall within the maximum allowable meal per diems set by the U.S. General Services Administration, i.e. expenditures should not exceed the maximum for each individual attending the meal.
|Payment by SAFA
|We would be happy to pay directly for your pre-departure meal if you can arrange this with your caterer or restaurant. Please provide us with an invoice or an itemized receipt to pay
|If you choose to pay for your pre-departure meal with personal funds, please submit an itemized receipt to SAFA with a completed Reimbursement Request Form and we will reimburse you