Cost Breakdown for Kingston University

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 2018-2019 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





$145 ($530 visa required - AY students)

Passport fees $145. A student visa is only required for students studying at KU for the academic year. All other students will enter the UK as a student visitor. The visa fee is currently estimated at $530 US.



Paid to Airline Provider. 

Health Insurance/ISIC

$28 - $200

Paid to insurance provider of your choosing if you are not already covered by a health insurance policy. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and meets the PIC insurance requirement.


$2,800 (f) - $4,300 (w)

(estimated: $200/week)

On-site expense that is paid to landlord or landlady each week. Rates are based on 14 weeks for Fall semester and 20 weeks for Winter. Kingston estimates a range of 110 GBP - 140 GBP per week (or $142-200 US/week.)


$1,610 (fall)

$2,300 (winter)

On-site Personal Expenses. Students are typically housed in private accommodations with a landlord or landlady. Students will prepare their own meals. Estimate: $115 US per week. Kingston estimates around 150 GBP/week for meals and personal spending

Books & Supplies


On-site Personal Expenses

British Culture & Society fee


Paid to Kingston University. The course fee is currently 100 GBP.

Personal Expenses

$1,680 - $2,400 (est. $120/week)

On-site Personal Expenses including: local transportation, basic necessities, laundry, etc. Based on $120 US per week.


TOTAL PROGRAM COST: Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs

$14,973 (F—14 weeks)—$18,055 (W—20 weeks)** Per Semester

$17,606—20,688 (estimate for out-of-state students who do not receive a 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, however, they may still be eligible for the Study Abroad Grant.

Estimated costs are based on a rate of exchange of 1 GBP = 1.30 USD. Exchange rates fluctuate and may impact the estimates listed above. The rate listed here is the rate as of August 2018.

STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT ($500 - $1,500 per semester)



*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.


Page last modified August 9, 2018