Cost Breakdown for University of Cape Coast

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 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.

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 fees $145. Visa fee for Ghana is $100 (multiple entry) as of August 2018.

Orientation Fee


Paid to UCC upon arrival. Includes: airport greeting, a trip to Kakum National Park, tour of local castle, a tour of Cape Coast and social activities.



Paid to Airline Provider. Students will purchase their own flight to Ghana. It is strongly recommended that students purchase a flight that arrives in Accra during the early afternoon.


$200- $500

Paid to Health Provider. Please contact your local health provider to discuss appropriate immunizations for longterm travel to Ghana. If you are in need of local travel health experts, please check resources on the PIC website.

Health insurance/ISIC Premium

$200 - $400

Paid to Insurance Provider. Students are encouraged to have comprehensive health insurance. A variety of options are listed on the PIC website. ISIC Premium card can be purchased online and costs $208.



Paid to UCC during orientation week within the first 3 days.

Books and Supplies


On-site personal expenses.



Paid out-of-pocket once you arrive. This is based on $45 per week for meals for 4 months.

Personal Expenses


On-site Personal Expenses. Includes costs for local transportation, purchase of a basic cell phone ($70-80), visa renewal ($120), and basic living necessities. Based on $40 per week.


(Costs billed by GVSU + Additional Costs)

$11,810 - $12,910** per semester

$15,543 (estimated cost for out-of-state students who do not receive the tuition differential scholarship)

The above estimates are based on the currency exchange rate for August 1, 2018. Exchange rates fluctuate which may result in changes to the estimated cost.

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) $500 Partnership Grants for the 2018-19 academic year. If more than four applicants apply for this program, 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 $500, but four applicants will receive a minimum of $500 in grant support. Decisions will be made following the deadline for application. Some conditions apply. See PIC website for additional grant information.

Page last modified August 13, 2018