International Student Admission Procedures
2015-2016 Academic Year

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:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate School Application Form
  • Academic Records: Certified, official transcripts (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.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Submit two letters in support of your application or two completed reference forms sent directly to our office from academic advisers, teachers, or sponsors.  This requirement may vary by program; certain programs require an additional reference, a specific form, or certain content. Recommendation forms are available as both PDF files and secure online forms on the "Forms" section of the Graduate School website. The secure recommendation forms must be initiated by the prospective student before the recommenders are contacted.
  • Proof of English Proficiency: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (paper version), 230 (computer-based), or Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 80; minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6; or an INTERLINK Language Center Level 5, or the equivalent. Additional program requirements may apply. Please see individual program page for more information.  For information on the TOEFL, visit their website at For information on the IELTS, visit their website at   For more information about INTERLINK, visit their website at The TOEFL score must come directly from ETS to be considered valid for admission.
  • 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. Under special circumstances that must include an explanation by the applicant, admission may be granted on a provisional basis until a notarized statement of your financial support has been received. The Affidavit form can be found here.
  • Health Statement: A completed Valparaiso University Health Form must be on file in our office before you may enroll for classes, but is not required for provisional acceptance. This form will be sent to you once you have been provisionally admitted.
  • Passport:  Provide either a scanned copy (emailed to our office), legible photocopy, or fax copy, of your passport, clearly showing your full name and date of birth.
  • Application Fee: Application fee is payable online only. CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR PAYMENT OF APPLICATION FEES. To submit application fee electronically, please click here.


**Please note that applicants from Nigeria will need to follow the steps below:
  1. Please ask your undergraduate institution to submit your transcripts directly to an EducationUSA office. Offices are located in Lagos or Abuja. More information about these offices can be found below.
  2. Once EducationUSA verifies your documents, they will inform Valparaiso University. At that time, we can then continue with the application process.

EducationUSA Offices



Full-time Enrollment
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.

Financial Aid
Valparaiso University does not offer financial aid to international students registered in the Graduate School. See also the section on "Employment" below.

Health Insurance
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:

Rebecca Shelton
INTERLINK Language Center
60 University Drive, Suite 101
Valparaiso University
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.