Travel Opportunities-FAQs

Prospective students who are interested in studying abroad during their graduate studies at Valparaiso University should contact their admissions counselor or email 

Current students who are interested in studying abroad during their current course of student should speak with their academic advisor, or email

Q:  Which graduate programs allow students to spend time abroad?

A: Almost every graduate program allows students to spend some time abroad, if they plan properly.  Even if a student is not able to spend an entire three-month semester abroad, he or she may benefit from several weeks abroad during the summertime.  Many students also participate in self-guided or university-sponsored travel during the two weeks of spring break.  Dual-degree students with the Valparaiso University School of Law should also contact their law school representative and explore the study abroad options available to law students.

Q: When is the best time to study abroad?

A: Students should plan a course of study, speak with their academic advisor, and consider class availability when deciding when to study abroad.  Some students may find summer travel to be least disruptive to their graduation timeline; others may prefer to study abroad towards the end of their degree program to be better prepared for a thesis, independent research project, or internship abroad.

Q: How can I get academic credit for studying abroad?

A: Students may take classes at Valparaiso University's study centers, enroll as a visiting student at another college or university, take online classes, participate in an internship, write a thesis, or complete an independent study project while abroad.  By speaking with an academic advisor and planning in advance, it is possible for students in many programs to complete a full courseload of credit during a semester abroad.

Q: How much will it cost me to study abroad?

 A: Study abroad programs vary widely in cost depending on where you travel, how long you intend to stay, and other factors.  Research on your intended destination and meeting with your academic advisor can help you find a program that fits your budget, as well as fits your academic needs.