Cost Breakdown for ESSCA Shanghai Semester

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.

Cost Billed to GVSU




GVSU Tuition (12-15 credits)


*Tuition based on 2018-2019 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 fee: $145. Chinese Visa is currently $140 (subject to change without notice)

Administrative Fee


1570 HKD



Paid to Airline Provider.

Health insurance

$28 - $200

Paid to insurance provider of your choosing. The Basic ISIC card will meet the PIC health insurance requirement.

Room & Utilities

$2,050, -$2,612 (fall)

$2,540 - $3,265 (winter)

Shared Off-campus apartment or single hotel unit. ESSCA does not provide student housing, but they will help students find accommodations. A nearby hotel will cost 300 RMB per night. A nearby shared apartment will run approx. 3,500-$4,500 RMB per month (about $508-$653 USD). Utilities may be billed separately depending on housing choice.

Books and Supplies


On-site personal expenses.


$1,375 (Fall - 16 wks)

$1,800 (winter 20 weeks)

On-site Personal Expenses. A set lunch near ESSCA is approx. 30 RMB (roughly $4.50). This estimate is based on $13 USD/day

Personal Expenses

$1,000 - $1,400

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


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$13,528 - $15,740* per semester

$16,161 - Fall or $18,373 Winter (estimated cost for out-of-state students who do not receive the tuition differential scholarship)

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.

The Padnos International Center will be providing (4) $1000 Partnership Grants for the 2018-19 academic year (excludes summer). If more than four students apply for the ESSCA (any campus), decisions on awards will be made 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 at least $1000 in grant support. Decisions on awards will be made following the deadline for applications. See PIC for eligibility criteria.

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.

Page last modified August 13, 2018