Cost Breakdown for Cracow University of Economics (STAIR)

This is the estimated budget for this study aborad program. It serves as an estimated cost of attendance for your study abroad program. Students often pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships, grants and alternative loans. The total amount listed in the Total Program Cost is the maximum amount of aid you can receive from GVSU. This estimated cost of attendance does not reflect the amount of aid you will qualify for, simply the cap on much could be awarded to you.

Cost Billed to GVSU




12-15 credits/semester


*Tuition based on 2018-2019 upper-level instate tuition rates (24-30 credits). Out-of-state students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate.

Paid to Grand Valley State University Student Accounts by the GVSU regular tuition payment deadline.

IS 380 Course Fee (Fall and Winter semesters) 


Paid to GVSU. The IS 380 course fee is $28 per credit hour. Participants of this program will register for 12 credits of IS 380 per semester

Program Fee

$ 2,000 (1,000/semester)

Paid to GVSU by the regular payment deadline.

Additional Costs




Passport & Visa


Passport fees $145. Visa for Poland currently $72 (subject to change.) Students may incur an additional charge for the residence permit once in Poland (est. $128). Travel expenses to secure visa in Chicago $65.



Paid to Airline Provider

Health insurance/ISIC

$208 - $300

Paid to an insurance provider of your choosing if you are not already covered under a health insurance policy. CUE does require students to show proof of health insurance. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet the PIC health insurance requirement, but may not meet the requirements for the student visa.

Housing (off-campus apartment)

$4,200 - $6,600 (approx. $350-$550/month or 300-450 Euro/month)

Housing costs are paid directly to the landlord. A deposit may be required and is typically equal to rent for one Housing (off-campus apartment) or two months. Based on 10 months.

Books and Supplies


On-site Personal Expenses (est. $150 per semester)


$2,500 - $3,000 ($250 - $300 per month)

On-site Personal Expenses. Students can access inexpensive meals in the student canteen or local milk bars. Most students prepare meals at home to save $

Personal Expenses


On-site personal expenses including costs for local transportation, cell phone purchase, and basic necessities. Based on $280 per month


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$27,698 - 30,690 (no grants reflected in this estimate)

$23,298 -$26,290 (cost estimate with $2000 PIC grant and CUE stipend included, see below for details)

$30,060*** (estimate for out-of-state students who do not receive a tuition differential scholarship - $2000 PIC Grant and CUE stipend (see below) is included in this estimate.)

*** this cost reflects an average of the high and low end program estimates listed above.

Out-of-state students who receive a GVSU tuition differential scholarship will be able to use that scholarship towards the cost of this program. Exception: international students will not have access to the tuition differential scholarship for use towards the cost of study abroad, however, they may still be eligible for the Partnership Grant.

* Based on 2018-2019 in-state, upper-division tuition rates for 12-15 credits. If you complete more than 15 GVSU credits during your semester abroad, tuition charges for the additional credits above 15 will be added to your GVSU student account after you return and PIC completes the transfer of credit.

** The cost of any study abroad program depends to a large extent on the participant’s personal spending habits and lifestyle. Personal travel, entertainment, gifts, souvenirs, and other types of personal spending are costs not reflected in the above estimates.

NOTE: A stipend is provided by Cracow University of Economics for you to pay for food, housing and some misc. living expenses. The stipend is based on the Polish Government rate and is approximately 900 zloty per month (approx. $240 USD/month) (subject to change). All participants will be eligible for this stipend.

IMPORTANT GRANT INFORMATION The Padnos International Center will be providing a $2,000 Partnership Grant for the 2018-19 academic year ($1,000/semester) to all participants accepted into the STAIR program. Recipients of this grant must agree to participate in both semesters in order to be eligible for this funding.

Page last modified August 20, 2018