Cost Breakdown for ESSCA Paris

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 2017-2018 upper-level instate 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 course fee for IS 380 is $28 per credit hour. Participants on this program will register for 12 credits of IS 380.

Additional Costs




Passport & Visa


Passport fee is $145. Campus France fee is $190. Visa fee is currently 99 Euro. Travel to Chicago to secure visa $65.



Paid to Airline Provider.

Health insurance/ISIC

$280 - $325

ESSCA requires students to pay the French Social Security fee of 215-240 Euro prior to your arrival in Angers. This coverage will cover 70% of costs of medical and hospital expenses. It is recommended that students have a supplemental plan that will help cover expenses not covered by the French Social Security. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet PIC's health insurance requirement. NOTE: Regulations are changing - this mandate may be ending. Students should contact ESSCA to obtain the most updated information.

Room & Utilities

$3,800 - $5,000 (includes estimates for deposit, electricity, and heat)

Housing options in Paris vary. Students who are placed in the Sequana Residence can expect to pay between 530-620 Euro per month. In addition, there may be required deposits equal to months rent. different options to choose from, actual cost will vary by location.

Books and Supplies


On-site personal expenses.


$2,040 - $2,400

(based on $120 US per week for 17 -20 weeks or 100 Euro per week)

On-site personal expenses. Costs for meals will largely depend on a person's spending habits. Students who prepare meals at home rather than eating out regularly may dramatically reduce the cost for meals. Fall is usually 17 weeks, Winter (ESSCA's Spring) can be up to 20 weeks depending on the program.

Personal Expenses

$2,040 - $2,400 (based on $120 per week)

On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation, cell phone purchase, laundry and other basic necessities.


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$16,662 - $19,627 ** per semester (the average cost of a semester is: $18,144)

$20,775 (estimate for out-of-state students who do not receive a tuition differential scholarship)

This estimate is based on the currency rate of exchange for August 1, 2018. The exchange rate does fluctuate which may result in changes to the estimates 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.

*Based on 2018-2019 in-state, upper-division tuition rates for 12-15 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.

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 13, 2018