International students, who represent more than 50 nations, are a vital part of Valparaiso University’s community on campus and around the world.

Why Valpo is a great choice for International Students


Our campus is located in the safe and welcoming city of Valparaiso, Indiana, just one hour southeast of Chicago.


Valpo is a top-ranked university in the Midwest for quality and value by U.S. News & World Report.
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Academic Excellence

Valpo offers a unique blend of liberal arts exploration and professional preparation that develops the whole person. Choose from more than 70 areas of study in five colleges, plus a law school and graduate studies.
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Dedicated and caring staff in the International Programs office work to create a family-like atmosphere for international students. They also guide and support the Valparaiso International Students Association (VISA).

Located on campus, INTERLINK language center and the Writing Center offer intensive English language support.

A Commitment to Teaching

Valpo students learn in small classes taught by supportive professors.
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Undergraduate Admission Counselor

Laura Coleman, assistant director for international admission, is the admission counselor for undergraduate applicants.

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All international students must make their own arrangements for financing their expenses at Valparaiso University before they arrive in the United States.

A conservative estimate of expenses, not including travel or vacations, for two semesters: Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Cost »

International Scholarships

International students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements, leadership, and a strong desire to continue their education at Valparaiso University will be considered for an International Scholarship.

  • Scholarships are only offered to students who are admitted to the University.
  • Valparaiso University does not offer need-based financial aid to international students.

Affidavit of Financial Support

The University is required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to determine that you have sufficient financial resources to cover all of your expenses while you are in the United States. Admitted students will not be sent an I-20 without the following information on file:

  • A sponsor’s original or official bank statement of sufficient funds or official scholarship notification letter from a governmental or private sponsoring agency. Certificates of Eligibility (I-20) will not be issued without the complete and official financial documentation.
  • Certification of Finances Form [pdf]

Health Insurance

The charge for health insurance will be added to your student account along with your tuition and other fees each semester (the cost will vary depending on the term). Our health insurance policy will cost between $100-150 per month. Please note that health insurance costs are included in your I-20 “cost of living estimate.”

You will be expected to pay your insurance bill, like your tuition, each semester before registration begins for the following term.

This policy is being enforced in compliance with the national healthcare law, which requires all adults living in the United States to have health insurance. The University, by enrolling you in this policy, ensures that you have access to good healthcare options, which can be very expensive without good insurance in the United States.

If you have already purchased a health insurance policy in anticipation of your arrival, please cancel it. You are now required to purchase the University insurance instead.


A limited number of on-campus jobs are available for international students each year, and these jobs are usually for no more than five or six hours per week. Students should not plan on paying for educational costs in this way.

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