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
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:
All application materials, including letters of reference and official transcripts should be sent to:
Office of the Graduate School
1700 Chapel Drive
Kretzmann Hall 114
Valparaiso, IN 46383-9978, USA
We realize that you need to know whether you have been granted admission to Valparaiso University at the earliest possible date. When we have received your completed application and fee, two letters of support, either your TOEFL scores or notification of your enrollment in our English language INTERLINK program, and an affidavit of financial support, we will review your materials for possible provisional admission. Upon provisional admission, our Director of International Students & Scholars, Moninder "Holly" Singh, will send you a Certificate of Admission, the Valparaiso University Health Form, and the necessary I-20 AB form for Immigration purposes. You will then need to apply for a student visa (F-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate. They will want to inspect the I-20 AB form, your passport, and your proof of financial support before issuing you the F-1 visa. You will also need to submit a completed and signed Valparaiso University Health Form. Full admission to the Graduate Division is not provided until all required documents have been received and reviewed by our office.
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. A typical estimate of expenses, depending on your program of study, for two semesters (with and without optional summer coursework) at the current tuition level is given below. If English is not your native language, we strongly recommend Track 1, which involves less coursework each semester. Following Track 2, a much more intense schedule, would enable you to complete a Masters degree in some fields in 12-15 months.
|Track 1||Track 2||MBA Track|
|Credits Per Year||18-24 Credits/Year||24-33 Credits/Year||28 Credits/Year|
|Courses each semester or session||3 courses||4 courses||3-4 courses per
each 7 week session
|Tuition and fees||$ 8,700.00 to $11,500.00||$11,500.00 to $16,000.00||$ 16,680.00|
|Living expenses, books, misc.||$9,000.00||$9,000.00||$9,000.00|
|Transcript evaluation, if necessary - up to||$150.00||$150.00||$150.00|
|Health Insurance (approximately)||$1,104.00||$1,104.00||$1,104.00|
|Total for nine months||$18,514.00 to $21,214.00||$21,214.00 to $25,264.00||$25,934.00|
|Summer School (up to 12 credit hours)||$5,400.00||$5,400.00||$7,080.00|
|Additional Living Expenses||$2,500.00||$2,500.00||$2,500.00|
|Total for 12 months||$26,414.00 to $29,114.00||$29,114.00 to $33,164.00||$36,514.00|
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
Heidbrink Hall 103
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, so 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.