Calvin is committed to working with students to make studying off-campus a possibility. We work to make the cost of a semester abroad comparative to that of a semester at home, plus roundtrip airfare, and facilitate scholarship opportunities for both semester and interim programs.

The process

The price of each semester program is based on the total costs of the semester divided by the total number of students who participate. Therefore, the exact price of any program cannot be fully calculated until the size of the group has been finalized (after registration in early/mid November for spring semester programs, late April/early May for fall semester programs). As soon as the final price of each program is established, the Off-Campus Programs Office will notify students in each program.

  • If the cost of the semester is less than the tuition, room and board cost of the same semester at Calvin, the student will pay the cost of Calvin's tuition, room and board.
  • If the cost of an off-campus semester is greater than the cost of tuition, room and board for the same semester at Calvin, the student will pay the actual cost of the program.

Cost estimates

Higher priced programs:

(Typically $2,000-$6,000 more than Calvin tuition, room and board with a 21-meal plan)

  • Britain
  • France
  • Spain: Advanced (Spring semester includes Interim)
Lower priced programs:

(Typically $100 to $2,500 more than Calvin tuition, room and board with a 21-meal plan)

  • China
  • Ghana
  • Honduras: Development
  • Honduras: Spanish
  • Hungary
  • Peru
  • Washington D.C.
Interim programs

Fees are listed in the course description, talk to your program director for details.

Cost breakdown

Budgets for each semester program are recalculated each year to account for a variety of changing factors (exchange rates, changing transportation costs, changing room and board costs, etc).  Due to these factors the costs of the semester may change over the course of the experience, yet the price of the semester for students stays constant once established. Students are expected to pay the established price plus some additional administrative fees (such as technology, access, and campus activities fees). If immunizations are required, students may obtain them from Health Services who will then bill the student's insurance. Following the semester there are no additional refunds passed on to the student.  The price of the program typically covers the following costs: 

  • Tuition, Room & Board
  • Transportation to and from international locations (from Grand Rapids)
  • Selected Excursions throughout the semester
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (this insurance is a supplemental health insurance policy that also provides financial assistance for medical or political evacuations if needed, this insurance does NOT pay for expenses if the student decides not to participate in the program).

Students are required to pay all costs associated with the interim.  Students pay the course fee.  After the interim experience all expenses associated with the interim are paid and any excess funds are refunded to the students who participated in that interim.  If there are additional costs associated with the interim, students would be billed. If immunizations are required, students may obtain them from Health Services who will then bill the student's insurance.  The cost of interims includes some administration fees and typically covers:

  • Transportation to and from the site of the interim as well as in-country transportation costs during the interim
  • Room & Board
  • Admission costs and entrance fees
  • Travel Insurance (this insurance is a supplemental health insurance policy that also provides financial assistance for medical or political evacuations if needed, this insurance does NOT pay for expenses if the student decides not to participate in the program).

Non-Calvin programs

The cost for Calvin-partnered and Calvin-supported off-campus semester programs are variable depending on the price set by the partnering organization. This price is available at most program websites (administered by the partnering organization). Note the following regarding the price of non-Calvin programs for Calvin students:

  • Students are expected to pay at least the amount of Calvin tuition, Calvin will then pay the partnering organization the price of the program
  • If the price of the program is more than Calvin tuition, the student will pay the actual cost of the program plus the appropriate administrative fees at Calvin
  • Additional costs beyond tuition may or may not be included in the cost of non-Calvin programs.  Students are encouraged to understand all costs of the programs they are pursuing.  These costs are the responsibility of the student whether self-incurred or assessed by the operator of the program.  These costs could include: room and board, immunizations, excursions and travel insurance
  • Transportation to and from the program site are the financial responsibility of the student.
Photo Credit: Valerie Greer '16