Valparaiso University welcomes applications from qualified international students. At present, over 40 nations are represented in the University's international student population. In order to make the application process as easy and trouble-free as possible, please read and follow these guidelines carefully.
Criteria for Admission
Sucessfully meeting the criteria for admission does not guarantee admission into the Graduate School. All applications undergo review, and only a limited nimber are accepted. In order for you to be considered for provisional admission, the Graduate School must receive the following at least two months before you intend to begin your course of study:
If you are studying on the F-1 visa, you are required by the US Department of Homeland Security to successfully complete at least nine credit hours (3 courses each fall and spring) per semester; otherwise, your visa may be revoked. Decisions to withdraw from a course, take a leave of absence, or transfer to another school should be first discussed with the Director of International Programs at Valparaiso University.
As an international student at Valparaiso University, you must make your own arrangements for financing your expenses before you arrive in the U.S. An estimate of expenses, depending on your program of study, will be given on your I-20. It is important to note that this is just an estimate and actual tuition, fees and expenses may vary for each student. Tuition increases approximately 4% each academic year. If English is not your native language, we strongly recommend taking a lighter course load in your first semester. You may work with your advisor to schedule your courses according to your abilities and preference.
Valparaiso University does not offer financial aid to international students registered in the Graduate School. See also the section on "Employment" below.
Valparaiso University requires that you purchase health insurance in order to help pay for major medical expenses, unless you can show proof of comparable coverage from your sponsors.
Students who need to improve their English language skills prior to graduate study at Valparaiso University are invited to enroll in the INTERLINK program. The INTERLINK program at Valparaiso University provides intensive English language training, cultural orientation, social adjustment, and academic preparation for qualified international students, scholars, and professionals preparing to study and work in the United States. The curriculum focuses on reading, writing, grammar, listening, conversation, pronunciation, and study skills. Admission to the program is open to adults who have completed secondary school (high school) in good standing and are able to meet the education and living expenses of the program. For more information contact:
INTERLINK Language Center
60 University Drive, Suite 101
Valparaiso IN 46383 USA
Telephone: (219) 464-5518
Fax: (219) 464-6846
Many international students take part-time jobs (up to 20 hours per week) on campus each year while studying at Valparaiso University. You should not expect to pay for educational expenses in this way. The Department of Homeland Security does not permit any off-campus work during the first academic year. After that period of time, international students may, in special instances, be granted permission to work off campus.
We look forward to receiving your completed Application for Admission, and hope that we will be able to extend an invitation to join our University. If you have questions, please contact us.