International Student Admission Procedures

2016 - 2017 Admission Criteria

Successfully meeting the criteria for admission does not guarantee admission into the Graduate School.  All applications undergo review and only a limited number are accepted. In order for you to be considered for admission, we must receive the following requirements at least two months before you intend to begin your course of study. Please be sure to visit your program page for specific application deadlines or contact graduate.school@valpo.edu to discuss admission questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Submit your application documents in one email to graduate.school@valpo.edu to expedite your admission decision. 

  • Academic Records
    • Official transcripts with both original and English translations of all university courses in which you have been enrolled.
      • The undergraduate transcript should indicate the degree earned.
      • Transcripts should be sent directly to our office by the Registrar of your undergraduate and/or graduate university or institute.
      • Do not send high school or secondary transcripts.
    • Nigeria applicants, please submit your official transcripts directly to an EducationUSA office.
    • Offices are located in Lagos or Abuja.
    • We will review your application once EducationUSA verifies your documents.
    • All admitted Nigerian applicants who verify transcripts through EducationUSA will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Submit two letters in support of your application or two completed reference forms completed by professors, academic advisers, or sponsors.
    • Certain programs require an additional reference, a specific form or content criteria.
    • Recommendation forms are available as both PDF files and secure online forms.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Proof of English Proficiency
    • 80 minimum TOEFL internet-based, 550 paper-based, or 230 computer-based.
      • TOEFL score must come directly from ETS to be considered valid for admission.
    • 6.0 minimum IELTS with no more than two sub scores below 6.0.
    • Certain programs require a higher IELTS or TOEFL score. Please see program page for details.
    • 58 minimum PTE
    • INTERLINK Language Center Level 5, or the equivalent (not available for all international students).
    • Please view individual program page for more specific requirements.
    • GRE is not required for most programs.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
    • Valparaiso University is required by the United States Department of Homeland Security to determine that international applicants have sufficient financial resources to cover their expenses while in the USA. The financial affidavit form can be found here.
  • Passport Copy
    • Provide a scanned copy of both sides to graduate.school@valpo.edu that clearly shows your full name and date of birth.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Submit your application documents in one email to graduate.school@valpo.edu to expedite your admission decision.

Successful completion of English language proficiency:

Applicants who have successfully completed either four years of upper secondary school or one year of full-time tertiary (university-level) education from one of the countries listed below do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency. Other applicants must provide official scores from one of the English language proficiency tests listed above.

   * (English language proficiency test will only be waived for applicants from the English language educational stream.)

  • American/English International Schools

  • Australia

  • Barbados

  • Bahamas

  • Belize

  • Bermuda

  • Botswana

  • British Virgin Islands

  • *Cameroon

  • *Canada

  • Cayman Islands

  • Christmas Island

  • Cocos (Keeling Island)

  • Cook Islands

  • Dominica

  • England

  • Ethiopia

  • Fiji

  • The Gambia

  • *Ghana

  • Grenada

  • Guam

  • *Guernsey

  • Guyana

  • Ireland

  • Jamaica

  • *Jersey

  • *Kenya

  • Kiribati

  • *Lesotho

  • Liberia

  • *Malawi

  • Man, Isle of

  • Marshall Islands

  • Mauritius

  • Micronesia

  • Montserrat

  • New Zealand

  • Nigeria

  • Norfolk Island

  • North Marianas

  • Philippines

  • St. Helena

  • St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Nevis

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Scotland

  • *Seychelles

  • Sierra Leone

  • *Singapore

  • *South Africa

  • *Swaziland

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • Uganda

  • United Kingdom

  • Virgin Islands

  • Wales

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe