Arrival Date

You must arrive in the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, and no later than this date. If you attempt to enter the U.S. after the program start date, you may be denied entry.

NOTE as of December 2020: The University requires anyone who arrives directly from an international location to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus.  You will be responsible for arranging your 14-day self-quarantine accommodations, and please make sure you plan your travel dates accordingly so you won’t be missing classes. (Spring 2021 classes start on January 25)

Arrival Notification E-form

The International Programs staff will help coordinate your transportation from the airport to Valparaiso University. As part of the pre-arrival checklist, fill out the “Travel Information” e-form in iValpo (find in Pre-Arrival Checklist tab) with your flight information so that our office can plan your arrival.

Arrive at U.S. Port of Entry

  • At the U.S. port of entry, you will need to present the following documents to the inspections officer (do not pack these items in your checked luggage):
    • Passport with F-1 or J-1 Visa (unless you are exempt from the visa requirement);
    • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 issued by Valparaiso University;
    • Admission Letter;
    • Evidence of Financial Resources; and
    • Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record (only if driving).

I-94 note…

  • If flying into the U.S., you will not receive a paper I-94 arrival card as in the past. Your I-94 arrival record will be available online. If you are driving into the U.S., you will still receive a paper I-94 card to fill out. Make sure you enter your name clearly, exactly as it appears on your passport.
  • You can retrieve your I-94 information after you arrive at this website.

The inspections officer will use the US-VISIT system and take a digital photograph of you and scan your fingerprints. The officer will mark on your passport either “F-1” and “D/S” or “J-1” and “D/S,” depending on your visa. “D/S” means “duration of status”; in other words, that you can remain in the U.S. as long as you are still a student in valid F-1/J-1 status. If the officer does not mark on your passport with the proper status of “F-1” or “J-1” and “D/S,” ask the officer to correct it immediately.

Airport Transportation

NOTE: Please check the Chicago area weather before you leave home so that you are aware of possible delays.

Students should fly into O’Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport in Chicago and plan to use one of the following means of transportation to Valpo.

Once you fly into Chicago, you have several options to travel to Valparaiso University.  It is a 1.5 to 2 hour drive from the airport to Valpo. Please note, as of August 5, 2020, the Royal Zoom airport bus service from the airport to Valparaiso is not available due to COVID-19-related precautions.  So, if you are not able to have a friend pick up you at the airport, please choose one of the options below (costs listed are approximate, please check with the company for the exact price).

Uber ($100-120)

Lyft ($100)

Epic Limo ($150-200)

Avanti-GoldStar Limo ($150-200)

  • Your options for traveling to Valpo from the Chicago airports are:
    1. Royal Excursion bus service from O’Hare or Midway Airport to the city of Valparaiso
      • 4 buses per day (check schedule on bus website)
      • NOTE: If you let us know through the iValpo e-forms when you will arrive on the two official travel days mentioned above, we will be at the station to meet you and bring you to campus.
    2. take the trains (we estimate around $15 and about 3 hours to get to Valpo)
    3. take an Uber/taxi/limo (we estimate between $100-200 and about 1.5 hours)
    4. to have a friend pick you up
  • Instructions for taking the trains
    • If you’ve never taken the trains before, follow the signs at O’Hare for the CTA. Take the Blue Line Metra train ($5) to Washington Station (a train arrives to O’Hare about every 10 minutes).  Walk two blocks from Washington Station to Millennium Station to get on the South Shore Train to Dune Park Station ($9). From Dune Park, take the Transit Connect bus to campus ($1).
    • NOTE: The Dune Park train station is about a 20 minute drive from Valparaiso University, so if you let us know through the iValpo e-forms when you will arrive on the two official travel days mentioned above, we will be at the station to meet you and bring you to campus.
  • The office phone number is 219-464-5333.
    • Office Hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Please be aware that the university is closed from December 24 through January 1 every year.