Cost Breakdown for Université catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) Semester

This is the estimated budget for this study abroad program. It serves as an estimated cost of attendance for your semester or year. 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

Item

Cost

Description

GVSU Tuition (12-15 credits)

$6,309

*Tuition based on 2017-2018 upper-level in-state 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.

Homestay costs for CIDEF Participants

See chart below for price range.

GVSU will bill all CIDEF applicants who apply for a homestay. Contact Becca Hambleton for the actual cost that will be paid to GVSU.

IS 380 Course Fee

$324

Paid to GVSU. The IS 380 course fee is $27 per credit hour. Participants of this program will register for 12 credits of IS 380.

Additional Costs

Item

Cost

Description

Passport & Visa

$436

Passport fees $135. Campus France Fee $180. Visa fee is currently $56. Plus $65 for travel to Chicago for visa $436 appointment.

Flight & train to Angers

$1,500

Paid to Airline Provider. Students will take the train from Paris to Angers. The train cost is approx. $80.

Health insurance

$310

UCO requires students to sign-up for the French national health insurance. The cost is approximately 240 Euro. The Basic ISIC card is $28 and will meet the PIC health insurance requirement. The French national insurance alone does not cover for emergency evacuation/ repatriation, so some students will need both.

Homestay or foyer - UCO will arrange a homestay for students. Students interested in living in a foyer (student residence) will be required to make their own arrangements

Homestay w/out meals: $1,350 - $2,500

Homestay w/ some meals: $1,850 - $3,000

Foyer w/out meals: $450-$550/mo. x 5 mo. = $2,250 - $2,750

Intensive month housing costs: range from $950 to $1,375. See program UCO brochure for details

These are general housing estimates. The final cost will largely depend on your choice of housing and length of stay. Cost may vary. This is an average cost for housing. Based on 5 months. Students who choose CIDEF and would like a homestay will pay the homestay cost to GVSU. GVSU will forward those funds to CIDEF. Students who choose to participate in the regular UCO courses as an exchange student will pay the homestay expenses directly to the family.

Books and Supplies

$250

On-site personal expenses.

Food

Students who are self-catering: $2,000 - 2,300 Students who sign up for homestay with some meals: $1000 (around $50 per week for meals not provided)

 

Personal Expenses

$2,250 (approx. $450 per month)

On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation, cell phone purchase, and other basic necessities. Based on around $70 per week.

TOTAL PROGRAM COST

(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$14,729 - $16,679** per semester (the average cost per semester is: $15,204) for a homestay

$18,239 (estimated cost for out-of-state students who do not receive a tuition differential scholarship)

This estimate is based on the currency exchange rate for August 1, 2017. The exchange rate does fluctuate which may result in changes to the estimates above.

The Padnos International Center will be providing (4) $500 Partnership Grants for the 2017-2018 academic year (excludes summer). If more than four students apply for the 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 $500, but four students will receive a minimum of $500 in grant support. Decisions on awards will be made after the application deadline.

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 2017-2018 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.

September Intensive Language

Students interested in adding the September intensive month will earn an additional 3 credits for that month bringing the number of GVSU credits to 18+ for fall semester. Charges for credits above 15 will be applied to the student’s GVSU account upon return from the program.



Page last modified August 15, 2017