Facts & Figures

Valparaiso University sponsors more than 25 semester and year-long programs throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa, with 10-15 short-term, faculty-led programs running over spring break, summer, or other recess periods.

  • 4 Valpo Study Centers (England, Germany, China, and Costa Rica)
  • 4 International Engineering Programs (Germany, France, Spain, and China)
  • Exchange/direct enroll programs
  • Affiliate/cooperative programs
  • 10-15 short-term, faculty-led programs over spring break, summer, and other recess periods

Valparaiso University is a member of:


  • Valpo Study Abroad programs were founded in 1968 and will celebrate 50 years abroad in 2017.
  • Each year, approximately 250-300 students study abroad in a year-long, semester, summer, or spring break program.
  • About 30% of undergraduates study abroad by graduation.
  • About half of the semester and year-long programs include a supervised internship. Many more programs offer a service-learning component for community involvement.
  • Since 2009, the Institute of International Education has ranked Valpo in the top 40 leading institutions (master level) by percentage of undergraduate participation (Open Doors Reports*).

Institute of International Education. (2013). “Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad, 2011/12.” Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors.

Awards & Initiatives


National Initiative Aims to Double Number of Students Studying Abroad by 2020
Continuing its commitment to present students with global opportunities, Valparaiso University has joined the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative. Valpo is already a member of the IIE network, and this initiative aligns closely with key University priorities.

“Generation Study Abroad is a wonderful opportunity for Valpo as we seek to increase the number of students who study abroad,” Julie Maddox, director of Study Abroad programs, said. “What’s really interesting about the initiative is that it’s a commitment by all these different universities to come together to make a difference in the lives of students and in education.”

According to a press release from IIE, Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business, and governments together to double the number of United States college students studying abroad. Each university that commits itself to the program must make a pledge to increase the number of their students who study abroad as well as take actions to develop new and expanded activities that will enable more students to study abroad.

Read the full article on Valpo joining the Generation Study Abroad Initiative here!


“In the past 10 years, 26 Valpo students and alumni have received prestigious Fulbright awards. Valparaiso University has achieved recognition from the United States Department of State as one of the colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright United States students. The Fulbright Program is the United States government’s flagship international educational exchange program.”

Read the full article on this exciting distinction here!

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