Cost Breakdown for ESSCA Budapest

This is the estimated budget for this study abroad 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 as 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 how much could be award to you.

Costs Billed to GVSU




GVSU Tuition


Paid to Grand Valley State University Student Accounts by the regular tuition payment deadline. This figure is based on 12-15 credits of in-state, upper-level tuition.

IS 380 Course fee


Paid to Grand Valley State University Student Accounts by the regular tuition payment deadline. IS 380 Course fee is $28 per credit.

Additional Costs






Passport processing fees are $145. Hungarian visa is currently about $66 (subject to change).



Based on about 60 Euro per week or $70 USD/week.

Flight & ground transport


Paid to Airline Provider


$1,420 - $2,520

Off-campus apartment. ESSCA does not offer residence hall options; however, they will assist students in finding nearby accommodations. Students typically live with other ESSCA students.

Health insurance

$28 - $200

Paid to insurance provider of your choosing unless you are already covered under a health insurance policy. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet the PIC health insurance requirement.

Books and supplies


On-site personal expenses. 

Personal Expenses


On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation, cell phone, laundry, and basic provisions. Based on $75 per week for 16 weeks.


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$12,209 -$13,481 *** (based on upper level, in-state tuition rates for 2018-2019)

$15,478 (estimated cost for an out-of-state student).


*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.


Padnos International Center will be providing (4) $1000 Partnership Grants for the 2018-19 academic year. If more than four students apply for this 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 $1000, but four applicants will receive a minimum of $1000 in grant support. Decisions on awards will be made following the application deadline.

Page last modified August 15, 2018