Cost Breakdown for Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) Engineering Co-Op

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.

Costs Billed to GVSU




3 credits of Co-op + 3 credits EGR


*Tuition based on 2019-2020 upper-level in-state
tuition rates (3 credits of co-op + 3 credits of either a business or engineering).
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
will register for 6 credits of IS 380 for
this program.

Additional Costs




Student Fee

$75 (65 Euro)

Administrative fee paid to DHBW. Subject to change.

Passport & Visa


Passport fees $145. Students will be
required to obtain a work permit and a
visa. The cost for the visa is currently 75
Euro (or $85 USD)

Flight & train


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

Health insurance/ISIC


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



Based on $400 per month for 4 months. This amount will vary based on length of stay.


$2,100 - $3,150

Housing costs are based on 300 - 450
Euro per month. Students will also have
to pay a deposit equal to two months
rent which is included in this estimate.

Books & Supplies


On-site personal expenses. 

Personal Expenses

$1800 (approx. $450 per month x 4 months)

On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation not provided by the program, laundry and other basic necessities.


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$11,218 - $12,568** based on 16 weeks  (avg. cost = $11,893) 

Students typically earn a stipend of about 700 Euro per month during their co-op which can be put towards the cost of in-country living expenses.

$14, 605 (estimated cost for out-of-state students who do not receive a tuition differential scholarship)


The cost estimates for this program may vary based on your actual co-op location.

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 2019-2020 in-state, upper-division tuition rates for 6 credits.

**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.