International Application Instructions

The first step toward starting your Valpo journey.

We are pleased that you are considering applying to Valparaiso University.

Submit Your Application

To be considered for admission, please submit the following items at least two months before your desired start term begins:

Required Supplementary Items

Official Transcripts

Please submit original or certified copies of transcripts from secondary school (high school), college, or university attended. All transcripts must be sent directly from the school to Valpo’s Office of Admission in a separate, sealed envelope. If relevant, include a school-leaving certificate.

SAT or ACT Test Scores

Official test results must arrive directly from the testing agency. Please note Valpo SAT code–1874, ACT code–1256. SAT or ACT scores are not required for international applicants, but they are encouraged.

Proof of English Proficiency

All applicants must meet a minimum level of proficiency in the English language and submit proof of this proficiency to the Office of Admission. Minimum proficiency may be met by one of the following exams:

TOEFL — (550 paper, 213 Computer, 80 Internet)
SAT — verbal score of 500
ACT — English score of 24
IELTS — score of 6.0
Passing score in the iTEP Exam
GCE or GCSE English exam — grade of A or B
IB Higher Level English exam — score of 5–7 or grade A or B
Successful completion of INTERLINK
Completion of ELS 112

International Transfer Students

Students who have attended a foreign university must also submit the following:

Official transcripts from each university attended. Transcripts are only considered official if they are the original documents in a sealed envelope sent from the University or the Ministry of Education. If the official transcripts are not in English, a certified English translation of the transcripts is also required. A certified copy of university transcripts can be used for initial admission, but Valparaiso University will need official university transcripts before credit can be awarded or a student can be enrolled in Valparaiso University courses.

Course descriptions. All foreign university transcripts must be accompanied by a complete course description for every course taken. A course description is a short synopsis of what was covered in the course as well as the duration of the course. This is required in order for Valparaiso University to award transfer credit from a foreign university. In lieu of providing course descriptions, students have the option to send their official transcripts to an approved international credential agency for an evaluation of their transcripts.

Please note:

Valparaiso University will only recognize accredited universities (approved from the Ministry of Education) for admission and the potential for transfer credit.

A-level exams and other academic course work taken past the 12th year of study can be considered for Valparaiso University credit on a case by case basis. An outside credential service report may be necessary for these exams.

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