Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the information below, and do not hesistate to conact us if you have any further questions or comments. 


Q: How do I apply for the program?

A: You can apply by filling out the application form and submitting it to the email provided. SGLI operates on a “rolling admissions” basis which means that applications are reviewed as they are received. Our program has limited space so we encourage you to apply early.  


Q: How selective is the program? What are my chances of getting in?

A: While there are no specific academic cut offs, we are looking for students with high leadership potential and great character; students who will be able to thrive in the college environment presented in this program.


Q: When and how do I choose the specific academic track I want to participate in?

A: You can research on our website about what the various academic tracks included and consider which one fits your personality. On your application, check the top three academic tracks you decided you would like to explore.


Q: What is the tuition pricing for SGLI ?

A:  The Summer Program's comprehensive tuition for the two weeks is $3,000. There is limited financial aid available, and this will be awarded on a per student basis.


Q: What is included in the SGLI tuition?

A: Academic and enrichment program fees, academic materials, use of university facilities, housing, three meals daily while on campus (2 meals on the weekends), recreation access, trips and excursions included in the program, bedding (sheets and blanket), pillow and towel with weekly linen exchange. For local students the tuition cost may include certain meals, activity transportation, as well as all planned activities and trips, Monday through Friday. 


Q: What costs are not covered by tuition?

A: Refundable room key/damage deposit, optional excursion, airfare, Visa fees, health insurance (for international students only), meals eaten off campus,  mandatory medical insurance, medical expenses, laundry, souvenirs and personal spending money ($100-$150 per week suggested). 


Q: What medical care is provided for a student feeling sick?

A: The health and safety of all our students is our primary concern. All students must be covered by medical insurance in order to attend. If needed, a staff member will escort any ill student to the on-campus Health Center for proper medical attention. In the event of a medical emergency, students will be taken to the nearby hospital emergency room. All medical expenses incurred (including prescription and non-prescription medication) are the responsibility of the student and his/her parents. 


Q: What are the housing arrangements?

A: Residential students will be assigned a college dorm room with another student. There is a high possibility that your roommate will be from a different culture. Within the dorm, certain floors will be designated for females and the other floors for males. Each floor has a kitchen, lounge, laundry facility and community bathrooms. The dorm rooms consist of 2 twin size beds, 2 desks, 2 closets and a land line phone. All dorms have computer labs and wireless internet access. Roommates will be assigned prior to the student’s arrival for the program. For further information regarding the dorms, click here


Q: Will meals be provided?

A: Each student will be provided an ID card which will grant them 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while on campus and 2 meals per day on weekends. The meals are provided in the University cafeteria - Founders Café. Our chef has extensive expertise in addressing food allergies, food restrictions and cooking vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. The SGLI staff work directly with the chef to develop a reasonable meal plan that fits all student’s needs. We ask students to answer a food preference survey prior to their arrival to assist the chef in planning. Any food required between meals will be the responsibility of the student to purchase. There is a café on campus where students can pick up snack items such as smoothies, ice cream, coffee, cookies, ect. There is also a convenience store, 7-Eleven, located close to campus where other snack items are easily purchased. To learn more about our dining facilities click here.


Q: I am an international student. What is the best way to pay the program tuition?

A: Payments for international students must be made by one of the following methods:

  1. Payment by Telex (Wire Transfer) - Wire transfer information upon request.
  2. Payment by Check - Checks made payable to "Valparaiso University" must be in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank.


Q: What is a typical day like?

A: Similar to college, everyone has a slightly different schedule depending on their classes and activities. In general, a typical weekday begins with breakfast, followed by the student's specific academic track. After lunch, there are 1 or 2 more class periods consisting of the Global Leadership course, as well as College 101. The rest of the afternoon is filled with a variety of organized cultural, sports and recreational activities, free time to take advantage of the ample facilities on and around campus, studying, or simply “hanging out” with friends. Dinner is followed by exciting planned evening activities, team building exercises and/or study time (as required).


Q: What clothing and baggage should I bring? 

A: Casual summertime apparel is all that is necessary and we will send you a suggested clothing/packing list in the spring and you can view one online too. Baggage is limited depending on the airlines chosen, so we encourage you to plan appropriately. With laundry facilities available in every residence, a 7-10 day supply of clothing is more than adequate. Sheets and towels will be provided to all residential students. Click here for the suggested packing list.


Q: What responsibilities and obligations do I have in the program?

A: All students are expected to attend ALL classes, meals and scheduled activities (including our weekend travel excursions for the residential students) and in a timely fashion. As in any “community living” environment, each student is expected to respect the rights of others, maintain reasonable cleanliness in the residence, and behave in a manner befitting collegiate life. In addition, rules prohibiting the use or possession of any illegal drugs, including alcohol, as well as a nightly curfew (usually midnight) is strictly enforced. Students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct which they sign as part of their acceptance materials. The Code is taken quite seriously during the SGLI program and violation of it will lead to disciplinary actions or dismissal from the program.


Q: What are the supervisory roles of Summer Study staff?

A: Our philosophy is to create an environment that is fun and exciting, with many types and choices of activities, to keep our students busy during most of their “free time.” In addition to organizing these activities, our highly trained, motivated and experienced staff, provide the necessary supervision to ensure the safety and well being of our students at all times. All staff members are undergraduate upperclassmen, graduate students, teachers or professionals who have proven themselves through past experiences and qualifications. Our staff is "on duty" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to supervise students in and around our residence halls as well as at all day, night and weekend activities.


Q: How do I get to and from SGLI?

A: As an international student, your high school should be arranging a flight for all of the students to fly together into the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. From there SGLI will have a staff member waiting to greet and shuttle students to the University. Please book your flights to arrive in Chicago on the date that will be announced. For USA students, you will need to either fly into the airport (O’Hare) and catch the bus provided by the University (on Thursday or Friday) or drive to/be dropped off at the University. The same goes for students departing. When the program concludes students can be arranged to be picked up between a scheduled time. The university will be providing a shuttle bus to the Chicago O'Hare International Airport that morning. 

Q: Is there any financial aid or scholarships available?

A: Yes. Though it is limited, we do have financial aid and scholarships available. Financial aid is strictly need-based and applicants are required to submit appropriate supporting documents. Students in need of financial assistance must first apply to one of our programs, prior to any financial aid determination. Scholarship opportunities will be awarded, with the help of student’s school counselors, based on academic success.


Q: What about computer access? Should I bring my own computer?

A: SGLI will provide computers for shared use. The university has many computer labs across campus where students will be able to access the internet. Students will be able to access the internet with in the Residential hall as well as the library and Union. Each student will also be provided a university username and password to access the internet anywhere on campus. Students are allowed to bring their own computers; however, we recommend that you don’t pack expensive personal items as we are not responsible for your lost or stolen items.


Q: May students receive mail and other packages?

A: Absolutely. Students will be able to receive mail and packages as long as their name is indicated on the mail or package. Please label mail or packages as follows:

Attn: Tatiana Cochran
Student's Name
Harre Union - Office of International Programs
1509 Chapel Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Q: What is the contact information at Valparaiso University’s SGLI?

A: Telephone: 
International Office                     001-219-464-5333

Union Welcome Desk                    001-219-464-5415       


Program Directors:

Tatiana Cochran:

Joseph Frake: 

Office of International Programs
1509 Chapel Drive
Harre Union Room 209
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383