Cost Breakdown for Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Business Program

This is the estimated budget for this study abroad program. It serves as an estimated cost of attendance for your semester or year abroad. Students often pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships, grants, and alternative loans. The total amount listed as the Total Program Cost is the maximum amount of financial aid that can be awarded to you by GVSU. This total program cost does not reflect the amount of aid you will qualify for, rather, it serves as the cap on what can be awarded.

Cost Billed to GVSU




GVSU Tuition (12-15 credits)


*Tuition based on 2018-2019 upper-level in-state tuition rates (12-15 credits). Out-of-state students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate

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

IS 380 Course Fee


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.

Additional Costs




Student Fee


Student Services fee paid to DHBW is currently 64 Euro.

Passport/Resident Permit


Passport fees $145. The residence permit is approx. $110. The visa fee is: 75 euro (approx. $85 USD)

Flight & train


Paid to Airline Provider and train service (approx. 30 euro)

Health insurance


DHBW requires all students to purchase health insurance in Germany currently 80 Euro per month x 4 months. In addition, students must show proof of emergency evacuation/repatriation insurance. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet PIC's health insurance requirement.



Housing costs are based on 250 - 400 Euro per month for 3.5 months. Students will also have to pay a deposit which is 2 or 3 times the monthly rent. The deposit is included in this estimate.

Books and Supplies


On-site personal expenses.


$1,400 - $1,575

Based on $400-$450 per month for approx. 3.5 months. This amount will vary based on the length of the program.

Personal Expenses

$1,300 (approx. $370 per month x 3.5 months)

On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation, laundry, and basic necessities


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$13,859- $15,084* based on 14 weeks (avg. cost is $14,714)

$17,104 (estimated cost for out-of-state students who do not receive a tuition differential scholarship)

The above estimates are based on the currency exchange rate for August 2018. Exchange rates fluctuate which may result in changes to the estimated cost.

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.

*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 credit above 15 will be billed 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.

Page last modified August 14, 2018