Cost Breakdown for Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) Exchange (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




GVSU Tuition (12-15 credits)


*Tuition based on 2021-2022 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 UCO Exchange Participants

See chart below for price range.

Participants are responsible for paying their housing directly to their housing provider or to UCO. Students who decide to add an intensive language month on to their semester exchange at UCO will typically pay housing for the intensive month to GVSU. Housing for the remaining semester will be paid by the student directly to the landlord or to UCO.

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.

Chubb Health Insurance


The Chubb health insurance plan is required for all study abroad students. The cost of this plan is $1.33 per day. This reflects a general estimate based on 120 days. The actual number of days of this program may differ.

Additional Costs




Passport & Visa

$500 - $550

Passport fees $155. Campus France Fee $190. Visa fee is currently 99 Euro. Plus $65 for travel to Chicago for visa  appointment.

Flight & train to Angers


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

Health insurance


UCO requires students to sign-up for the French national health insurance. The cost is approximately 240 Euro. The French national insurance alone does not cover for emergency evacuation/ repatriation, so students will need both this plan and the Chubb policy.

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: $1,700 - $1,950

Homestay w/ some meals: $2,600 - $2,900

Foyer w/out meals: $300-$600/mo. (+deposit and booking fee) x 5 mo. = $1,830 - $3,400

Intensive month housing costs: range from $1150 to $1,500. See program UCO brochure for details.

hese 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. Students who choose to participate in the regular UCO courses as an exchange student will pay the homestay expenses directly to the family. Students who choose to stay in a foyer will pay all housing fees directly to the foyer.


Students will pay a 300 Euro security deposit to their homestay upon arrival. The deposit is return at the end of the semester if there is no damage to the residence.

Books and Supplies


On-site personal expenses.


Students who are self-catering: $2,000 (based on $400 per month) Students who sign up for homestay with some meals: $1000 (around $50 per week for meals not provided)


Personal Expenses

$2,000 (approx. $400 per month)

On-site personal expenses associated with local transportation, cell phone purchase, and other basic necessities. Based on around $100 per week or around 87 Euro per week.


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$15,866 - $16,616** per semester (the average cost per semester is: $16,241) 

$19,101 (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 2021. The exchange rate does fluctuate which may result in changes to the estimates above.

The Padnos International Center will be providing Partnership Grants for the 2021 academic year (excludes summer). 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 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.