Cost Breakdown for ESSCA Shanghai (Summer)

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 - up to 6 credits

Undergraduate - 6 credits = $3,282

Graduate - 6 credits = $4,272

Paid to Grand Valley State University Student Accounts by the regular tuition payment deadline.

ESSCA Programme Fee

990 RMB (approx. $150)

Paid to ESIA which is ESSCA's local host institute.

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 6 credits of IS 380.

Additional Costs




Passport & Visa


Passport fee: $145. Chinese Visa is currently $140 (subject to change without notice)



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.


$1,500 -$1,620

Students are housed in a nearby hotel for 240 RMB per night or about $38-$40 per night.



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. This estimate is based on approx. $12 per day.

Personal Expenses

$440 (based on $80 USD per week)

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


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$7,833 - $9,115 *** (based on upper level, in-state tuition rates for 2018-2019)


**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.

Page last modified August 23, 2018