Cost Breakdown for East China Normal University

This is the estimated budget for this study abroad program. It serves as an estimated cost of attendance for your semester or year. 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 2019-2020 upper-level instate tuition rates . 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




Passport & Visa


Passport fees $145. Visa for China is currently $140 (subject to change without notice).

Flight & Ground transportation


Paid to Airline Provider to Shanghai.

Health insurance

$25 - $300

Paid to an insurance provider of your choosing if you are not already covered by a health insurance policy. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet PIC's health insurance requirement. A list of comprehensive health insurance providers is available on the PIC website.


$1,200 - $2,200

On-site Expense -paid to ECNU. Rooms include the internet, air-conditioning, and bedding for 15 weeks. Rates are typically charged by the month. The Global Curriculum program is 15 weeks. Most housing units are double occupancy and range between 7200 RMB-15,000 per semester. A deposit is also required. Deposit varies based on housing unit selected. Note: Chinese language program is an 18 week program.

Books and Supplies


On-site personal expenses.



On-site Personal Expenses. Students can eat on-campus in the student cafeteria or purchase food items at the nearby grocery store. Based on about $67 per week.

Personal Expenses


On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation, cell phone purchase, and other basic necessities. Based on around $85 per week.


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$12,453 - $13,825  (the average cost is $13,139)

$15,772 (estimated cost for out-of-state students who do not receive the tuition differential scholarship)

The Padnos International Center will be providing (4) $500 Partnership Grants for the 2019-2020 academic year (excludes summer). If more than four students apply for the program, decisions on awards will be based on the strength of a student’s application and financial need. Students may be eligible for more than $500, but four students will receive a minimum of $500 in grant support. Decisions on awards will be made after the application deadline. Some conditions apply.

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 12 credits. If you complete more than 12-15 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.