Valparaiso University knows that your journey of discovery can’t be confined to the classroom.

Undergraduate Research

Whatever your field of study, familiarity with the research process is key to understanding how knowledge evolves. Valpo supports students’ ambition to delve into the questions that inspire them.

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Study Abroad

Valpo’s well-established Study Abroad programs — nearly 20 locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America — offer a rich variety of experiences that can complement many academic interests. The University also sponsors a number of extracurricular opportunities to travel abroad.

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Off-Campus Study in the U.S.

Valpo’s semester-away programs offer intensive study experiences, often encompassing supervised internships and independent study. Programs focus on the urban areas of Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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Field Station

The Biological Field Station at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Mich., offers numerous opportunities for research in the environmental sciences.

Seeing Stars

The Valparaiso University Observatory houses a 16-inch telescope. Valpo belongs to a consortium that operates a 36-inch telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona and a 24-inch telescope at Cerro Tololo in Chile; both can be operated via Internet from the Valpo campus. More About the Telescopes »

Distinguished Guests

Each year, Valpo hosts dozens of speakers in fields ranging from arts to zoology, drawing crowds from all over Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area.