International Students

International Undergraduate Admission Process

Follow the admission requirements below if you are not a U.S. citizen and do not have permanent residence in the United States.

All application materials below are required beginning for the Spring 2024 semester.

Begin your profile registration and tell us some basic information. Then proceed to complete each tab within the application form. After creating an application login, you may check your status anytime.

Your reflective essay should summarize:

  • Why you are interested in studying in the United States
  • Why you are applying to Valparaiso University
  • Your interest in the degree program
  • How this program impacts your professional development

International student applications that show completion of non-U.S. accredited secondary education or college work outside of the United States must be evaluated at the applicant’s expense. This includes work that has been evaluated and reported on your transcript by your U.S.-accredited institution. If the applicant submits transcripts from multiple universities, each set of transcripts will require a separate evaluation.

We accept credential evaluations from all NACES members. World Evaluation Services (WES) and International Education Evaluation are our preferred transcript evaluation partners, although you may choose the company that best fits your needs.

You do not need to submit additional copies of your transcript to Valparaiso University; they will be included in your credential evaluation.

We do not waive this requirement, nor do we accept evaluations from other services. The evaluation must be received before a student’s application can be reviewed.

For more information on accredited institutions outside the United States, please refer to the Council for Higher Accreditation (CHEA).


We currently recommend course by course transcript evaluations from World Evaluation Services (WES) or International Education Evaluation, although we do accept evaluations from any NACES member.

International Education Evaluation offers a 3-day processing time, as well as discounted pricing to Valparaiso University applicants.

Please follow the directions below if you choose to send your Valpo transcript evaluation through WES.


  • Under ‘Your Information’, select ‘Report Recipients’
  • Scroll down to ‘Recipient 2: Institution(s) receiving your report’
  • In the ‘Institution or Company’ field, type in ‘Valparaiso University’. It will automatically populate and select ‘Valparaiso University’.
  • Now you will be in the pop-up screen called ‘Add Recipient’. Under the field titled ‘School/Division’, select ‘Office of Undergraduate Admission’.
  • Once that is selected, scroll down and select ‘add recipient’.

If you have questions or encounter issues with either service, please email undergraduate admissions and have your reference number handy.

  • 3 (three) years of high school transcripts, with an English translation if they are in another language.
    We will accept unofficial transcripts for application review.
    *Official transcripts are required upon enrollment if it is not provided at the time of application.
  • Your transcripts are considered official if:
    • They are sent directly from your guidance counselor or another high school official.
    • You bring them to campus in a sealed and stamped envelop that came directly from your high school.
    • They are sent directly from a credential evaluator such as World Education Services (WES) or any NACES member.
    • They are provided by a government sponsoring organization or EducationUSA officer.

Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency. English proficiency may be demonstrated through a standardized test score or certain waiver criteria as listed below:

  • TOEFL (75 iBT minimum)
  • IELTS (6.0 minimum)
  • SAT (Reading & Writing score of minimum 500)
  • ACT (English score of minimum 24)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) with a score of 110 or higher sent from Duolingo
  • GCE or GCSE (O/A Level) English exam (Grade of A or B)
  • IB Higher Level English Exam (Score of 5, 6, or 7 or grade A or B)
  • WAEC (English Language score of A1, B2, B3, C4, C5, or C6)
  • iTEP (3.8 or higher)
  • PTE (56 or higher)
  • Transfer student from a United States college or university with 24 completed credit hours
  • Completion of at least 2 consecutive years of high school and graduate from a High school in the United States
  • Your country of permanent residence is the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Canada (except Quebec), or New Zealand
  • Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center

The English Language Proficiency score is waived if you have achieved INTERLINK International Institutes’ Level 6 Proficiency in their English for Academic Purposes curriculum and provide an official transcript or certificate to that effect.


  • Counselor recommendation letters
  • EF Standard English Test (EF SET)
  • Any scores less than the aforementioned list

You may submit more than one type of test on your application. The Undergraduate Admissions Office maintains the right to require English proficiency testing when deemed necessary.

Applicants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Liberia are required to submit their WAEC results and verification information.

As noted above, scores of A1, B2, B3, C4, C5, or C6 can be used to satisfy the Proof of English Proficiency requirement.

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. All international applicants must complete:

1. The financial support form (found on this page under the New Students tab OR a letter of sponsorship from the person(s) assuming responsibility for all of applicant’s fees.

2. A sponsor’s original or official bank statement of sufficient funds or official scholarship notification letter from a governmental or private sponsoring agency (some restrictions apply).

These documents must be turned in before an admittance decision is made and the creation of the I-20. If the document’s original creation date exceeds 12 months, they are not valid.

Important: US immigration regulations require that students provide evidence of financial resources to be used to cover all expenses during the student’s proposed course of study. Please submit documentation of liquid funds for the first year of study. An I-20 or DS-2019 will not be issued without complete and official financial documentation.

Estimated Average Cost (9 Months) as of 1/11/2023
Expense (In $) Tuition and general fees Living Expense (tentative)* Total Add
Per Year Per Semester
Undergraduate 46,588 23,294 17,798 64,386
Graduate 16,838 8,419 15,000 31,838
MBA ** 23,042 10,271 15,000 38,042
MSN/MHA/MPH/DNP/MSPA 17,702 8,851 15,000 32,702

Fees are subject to change and will be adjusted annually.
*Living expenses are tentative and can fluctuate due to the cost of: housing, health insurance, food, books/supplies, and personal expenses.
**Students participating in year-round (12-month) programs will need to allow additional costs. Please contact your department for details.
***Additional fees may apply based on your individual program, please contact your department for details.

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International Application Deadlines

International applicants must submit ALL application materials before each date in order to receive consideration for the corresponding entry term. If the application materials are not submitted before the deadline date, the application will automatically get deferred to the next available semester intake.

Our preferred decision deadlines are listed below. We highly encourage students to submit their Enrollment Deposit Form prior to this date. Visa appointment wait times vary by country. It is important to apply for your visa early! ALL international students are required to be on campus approximately one week before the start of classes to attend FOCUS and International Student Orientation.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Apply By: May 1 October 1
Decision Date: June 1 November 1
Semester Begins: August January

Please click here for the exact date the semester begins.

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, provides a professional graduate learning experience. Located near Chicago, the third largest city in the USA

Top Rankings

Valpo has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review and enrolls more than 200 international students from over 40 nations.

More Info

For more information about our resources for international students, please follow the links below.

Contact Information

Graduate Studies & Continuing Education

Kretzmann Hall
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: 219.464.5313 or 800.821.7685

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST