International Students

International Undergraduate Admission Process

Valpo’s supportive faculty and inclusive community welcome international students. In 2018, students from 38 countries studied at Valpo. We know applying from overseas can be challenging, so we’ve made our admission process as simple and efficient as possible. Follow the steps below. If you have questions, contact us at or 001-219-464-5011.

We also welcome international students considering a graduate degree.
More information can be found here

Our preferred date for all undergraduate/Bachelor’s seeking students to submit their documents and supporting materials is May 1.

We need the following documents to complete your undergraduate application:

  • Your Undergraduate Application to Valparaiso University
  • A copy of your passport
  • 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 envelope that came directly from your high school.
      • They are sent directly from a credential evaluator, such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES), SpanTran or similar.
      • They are provided by a government sponsoring organization or EducationUSA officer.
  • Test Scores and Proof of English Proficiency.
    If you are an international student and need a visa to study in the U.S., you must meet Valparaiso University’s English test requirement through one of the following means
    • SAT (Reading & Writing score minimum of 500)
    • ACT (English score minimum of 24)
    • TOEFL (75 iBT minimum)
    • IELTS (6.0 minimum) must be less than 2 years old for validation.
    • Duolingo English Test (100 or higher) sent from Duolingo
    • iTEP (3.8 or higher)
    • PTE (56 or higher)
    • British Council (UK) GCE or GCSE (A/O Levels) English exam (Grade of A or B)
    • IB Higher Level English Exam (Score of 5, 6, or 7, or grade A or B)
    • Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center. (Conditional admission may be available for select students who have not yet met our English Proficiency requirements only through our approved partners.)
    • Completion of approved English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

      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.

English Proficiency is met if you satisfy at least one (1) of the following:

  • If you are a transfer student from a US college or university and have successfully completed 24 hours of credit
  • If you have completed 2 years and will graduate/have graduated from a high school in the United States
  • If you have received an A or B on the English exam for Cambridge UK Curriculum IGCSE/GCSE A/O levels
  • If your country of permanent residence is the United Kingdom (UK) or Australia
  • If you graduated from secondary school in a country where English is the primary language of instruction (i.e., the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Belize, or Australia).
  • Valparaiso University has several University to University partnerships. Only through these partnerships students may meet English proficiency through an agreed upon memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The following are not accepted to meet of English Proficiency requirements at this time:

  • EF Standard English Test (EF SET)
  • WASSCE, WACE, UCE and other O-level comparable examinations not through Cambridge IGCSE/GCSE A/O Levels
  • Counselor recommendation letters
  • Any scores less than the aforementioned list

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