In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety and security of all our students, Valparaiso University made the difficult decision in mid-March to direct all students, faculty and staff abroad on university-sponsored travel to return to the U.S. and all Spring 2020 study abroad programs in progress were cancelled. Students were able to continue their study abroad coursework through online distance learning.
The Office of Global Education is proceeding with a limited number of locations for Fall 2020, and has opened applications for Spring 2021, but will be continuing to monitor information regarding COVID-19 for those and future programs, taking into account any advisories and warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control, as well as other sources.
Additionally, we have implemented contingency plans and we are working hard to be ready and ensure our students are healthy, safe, and supported in a constantly and rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to share updates and information as things develop with individuals by email as is appropriate. Student health, safety and well-being has been and remains our top priority. For additional information and updates, please refer to https://www.valpo.edu/coronavirus/
In keeping with Valparaiso University campus policies for health and safety, The Office of Global Education will have limitations for in-person business. Staff will continue to monitor email and phones, and have limited walk-in hours. See below for current hours and contact information.
A lot of information is available on this website including general information, as well as detailed program information (found by clicking Programs in the navigation bar).
If you are looking to make an appointment to discuss future study abroad plans in more detail, please complete the First Time Study Abroad Advising Form. This will provide us with important information, including your availability so we can schedule a virtual meeting with you. It’s never too early to start talking and planning! We’re happy to talk with you no matter where you are in the process.
The Office of Global Education will also be holding virtual open advising hours every other Monday from 12:15 – 1:15 PM beginning on February 15, 2021. Starting on February 23, 2021, we will also be holding virtual open advising hours every other Tuesday which will alternate with the weeks where there are sessions on Monday. You can fill out this brief Google Form to indicate for us your contact information as well as which day works better for you. We will follow up with you by email to confirm the day you are planning to drop in virtually and send you the meeting link.
For all general inquires, please e-mail email@example.com and a staff member will assist you.
According to national statistics for higher education students in the United States:
- Study Abroad students have higher graduation rates and significantly higher rates for graduating in four years (globaledresearch.com; umabroad.umn.edu).
- 97% of Study Abroad students found a job within 12 months of graduation (compared to the rest of the student body with only 49%) (studyabroad.ucmerced.edu).
- Study Abroad students have 25% higher starting salaries (studyabroad.ucmerced.edu).
- 90% of Study Abroad alumni were accepted into first- or second-choice graduate school (studyabroad.ucmerced.edu).
International experience is highly valued. Valpo is committed to empowering students to lead and serve in a global society.
Take some time to explore this website and learn about Study Abroad, ways our office can support you, and the different programs and options that are available to you. We are here to help every step of the way. Never hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.
Hours & Location
Walk-in hours: Tuesday 1-3 pm; Wednesday 1-4 pm
Other times by appointment only. Virtual appointments are preferred, but in-person meetings may be arranged with proper physical distancing and other appropriate measures in place.
When visiting us, please be sure to wear your mask.
Phone: (+1) 219-464-5333, opt 2. for Global Education (available during business hours)
Study Abroad Blog
Every semester current study abroad students share their experiences by contributing to our study abroad blog. Take a look to see what current students are doing, or browse by location to learn more about the experience in program you might be interested in.
Study Abroad Video
Check out this video from the Office of Global Education (https://youtu.be/GqzLdDqTsfs) for more information about our programs and how to get started with the application process. You can also hear firsthand accounts from students who have studied abroad about how they chose their program as well as how they have benefitted from their time abroad. Additionally, these accounts are a testament to how accessible study abroad programs are, both academically and financially.