Valparaiso University, also known as Valpo, is just an hour east of Chicago. Valpo attracts thinkers, contributors, and leaders. Known for its increasingly diverse culture and academic environment, Valparaiso University is consistently ranked in the top 5 for the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, according to U.S. News and World Report. Also, Valparaiso University has been named to The Best Colleges’ list of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study, ranking among prestigious universities including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, and UCLA.

With over 320 acres of campus, 60 residential and academic buildings housing more than 70 accredited programs in five colleges, and athletics being represented in the NCAA Division I, Valparaiso University excels in the classroom and beyond.

As an SGLI student, you obtain access to the facilities of the University, the city of Valparaiso, and its environs, offering a superb introduction to college living and learning.

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A complete educational experience: The Summer Global Leadership Institute is known for its hands-on academic tracks and global experience. Students from far and wide come to Valparaiso University’s summer program to be immersed in an environment where they can learn both from highly ranked professors and from each other.

A personal focus: With a close teacher-to-student ratio, students can expect to receive a more personal connection with, and attention from, the faculty members. Students will also be interacting with their Program Assistants (PAs) on a daily basis. The PAs will be there 24/7 working with the students in small groups as well as engaging the group as a whole.

Friends and fun: Friends made through this program are able to build lasting relationships, even across cultural borders. From exciting classroom experiences to activities both far and near, this program will make your summer unforgettable! The energetic city of Chicago is a close drive and an amazing place to check out various world-renowned museums, landmarks, and shopping! Also within close distance is one of the five famous Great Lakes: Lake Michigan! Check out other activities here.

Global connectivity: The Summer Program offers students the opportunity for interaction and learning from students from nations around the world, which gives Valpo an international focus. Since the Program focuses on becoming a global leader, we concentrate on fostering relationships between students who come from all walks of life.


Valparaiso University Offers:

Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission, The American Chemical Society, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Indiana State Department of Education-Indiana Professional Standards Board, National Association of Schools of Music, The Council on Social Work Education, AACSB International, The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, State of Indiana Health Professions Bureau-Indiana State Board of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, The Association of American Law Schools, The American Bar Association.

Full-Time Faculty: More than 220, approximately 90 percent of whom hold the Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field

Campus: 320 acres, 60 academic and residential buildings

Nearby: One hour southeast of Chicago; two and a half hours north of Indianapolis; 15 minutes south of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Athletics: NCAA Division I. Women: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball. Men: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track.

School Colors: Brown and Gold