Please review the information below, and do not hesistate to conact us if you have any further questions or comments.

You can apply by filling out the application form and submitting it to the email provided. SGLI operates on a “rolling admissions” basis, which means that applications are reviewed as they are received. Our program has limited space, so we encourage you to apply early.
While there are no specific academic cutoffs, we are looking for students with high leadership potential and great character — students who will be able to thrive in the college environment presented in this program.
You can research on our website what the various academic tracks include and consider which one fits your personality.
The Summer Program’s comprehensive tuition for the two weeks is $3,000. There is limited financial aid available, and this will be awarded on a per-student basis.
Academic and enrichment program fees, academic materials, use of University facilities, housing, three meals daily while on campus (two meals on the weekends), recreation access, trips, and excursions included in the program, bedding (sheets and blanket), and pillow and towel with weekly linen exchange.
Refundable room key/damage deposit, optional excursion, airfare, Visa fees, health insurance (for international students only), meals eaten off campus, mandatory medical insurance, medical expenses, laundry, souvenirs, and personal spending money ($100 per week suggested).
The health and safety of all our students is our primary concern. All students must be covered by medical insurance in order to attend. If needed, a staff member will escort any ill student to the on-campus Health Center for proper medical attention. In the event of a medical emergency, students will be taken to a nearby hospital emergency room. All medical expenses incurred (including prescription and nonprescription medication) are the responsibility of the student and his/her parents.
Residential students will be assigned a college dorm room with another student. There is a high possibility that your roommate will be from a different country. Within the dorm, certain floors will be designated for females and the other floors for males. Each floor has a kitchen, lounge, laundry facility, and community bathrooms. The dorm rooms consist of two twin size beds, two desks, two closets, and a landline phone. All dorms have computer labs and wireless Internet access. Roommates will be assigned prior to the student’s arrival for the program. For further information regarding the dorms, click here.
Each student will be provided a meal card, which will grant them three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while on campus and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are provided in the University cafeteria, Founders Table. Our chef has extensive expertise in addressing food allergies, food restrictions, and cooking vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals. The SGLI staff work directly with the chef to develop a reasonable meal plan that fits all student’s needs. We ask students to answer a food preference survey prior to their arrival to assist the chef in planning. Any food required between meals will be the responsibility of the student to purchase. There is a café on campus where students can pick up snack items, such as smoothies, ice cream, coffee, cookies, and so on. There is also a Target and a Wal-mart located close to campus, where other snack items are easily purchased. To learn more about our dining facilities, click here.
Payments for international students must be made via one of the following methods:
Payment by Telex (Wire Transfer) – Wire transfer information upon request.
Payment by Check – Checks made payable to “Valparaiso University” must be in U.S. funds drawn from a U.S. bank.
Similar to college, everyone has a slightly different schedule depending on their classes and activities. In general, a typical weekday begins with breakfast, followed by the student’s specific academic track. After lunch, there are one or two more class periods, consisting of the Global Leadership course and/or Special Topics. The rest of the afternoon is filled with a variety of organized cultural, sports, and recreational activities, free time to take advantage of the ample facilities on and around campus, studying, or simply “hanging out” with friends. Dinner is followed by exciting planned evening activities, team-building exercises, and/or study time (as required).
Casual summertime apparel is all that is necessary; we will send you a suggested clothing/packing list in the spring, or you can view one online. Baggage is limited depending on the airlines chosen, so we encourage you to plan appropriately. With laundry facilities available in every residence, a seven-to-10-day supply of clothing is more than adequate. Sheets and towels will be provided to all residential students. Click here for the suggested packing list.
All students are expected to attend all classes, meals, and scheduled activities (including our weekend travel excursions for the residential students) in a timely fashion. As in any “community living” environment, each student is expected to respect the rights of others, maintain reasonable cleanliness in the residence, and behave in a manner befitting collegiate life. In addition, rules prohibiting the use or possession of any illegal drugs, including alcohol, as well as a nightly curfew (usually midnight) is strictly enforced. Students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct which they sign as part of their acceptance materials. The Code is taken quite seriously during the SGLI program, and violation of it will lead to disciplinary actions or dismissal from the program.
Our philosophy is to create an environment that is fun and exciting, with many types and choices of activities, to keep our students busy during most of their free time. In addition to organizing these activities, our highly trained, motivated, and experienced staff provide the necessary supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our students at all times. All staff members are junior or senior undergraduates, graduate students, teachers, or professionals who have proven themselves through past experiences and qualifications. Our staff is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to supervise students in and around our residence halls as well as at all day, night, and weekend activities.
As an international student, your high school should be arranging a flight for all of the students to fly together into Chicago O’Hare International Airport. From there, SGLI will have a staff member waiting to greet and shuttle students to the University. Please book your flights to arrive in Chicago on the date that will be announced. U.S. students will need either to fly into O’Hare and catch the bus provided by the University (on Thursday or Friday) or drive to/be dropped off at the University. The same goes for students departing. When the program concludes, students can be arranged to be picked up between scheduled times. The University will provide a shuttle bus to Chicago O’Hare International Airport that morning.
Yes. Though it is limited, we do have financial aid and scholarships available. Financial aid is strictly need-based, and applicants are required to submit appropriate supporting documents. Students in need of financial assistance must first apply to one of our programs, prior to any financial aid determination. Scholarship opportunities will be awarded, with the help of student’s school counselors, based on academic success.
SGLI will provide computers for shared use. Wi-fi is free and available all over campus and at many off-campus sites. The university has many computer labs across campus where students will be able to access the Internet. Students will be able to access the Internet within the residential hall as well as the library and Union. Students are allowed to bring their own computers; however, we recommend that you don’t pack expensive personal items, as we are not responsible for your lost or stolen items.
Absolutely. Students will be able to receive mail and packages as long as their name is indicated on the mail or package. Please label mail or packages as follows:

Attn: Joseph Frake
Student’s Name
Harre Union – Office of International Programs
1509 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

International Office: 001.219.464.5333
Union Welcome Desk: 001.219.464.5415

Program Directors

Tatiana Cochran:
Joseph Frake:

Office of International Programs
1509 Chapel Drive
Harre Union Room 209
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

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