Grand Valley has international students from over 65 countries who bring much diversity to GVSU's culture.

International students have found using our services very beneficial. Many international students have reported to us that in their own country they do not have such services or there would be a stigma attached if they used them. The Counseling Center offers groups that explore cultural differences, alienation, multiracial adoption, and re-entry issues. We have diverse counselors who can identify with international student concerns and situations. Many staff have lived, studied or traveled abroad.

The Counseling Center has an in-house diversity team that monitors diversity policies and strategies, which include international issues. Our doctoral interns are trained in international counseling issues and frequently are from another country.


Culture Shock
Tips to cope with a variety of changes.

School-related services offered at GVSU.

Common housing-related issues & resources.


International Relations / Political Science
1121 ASH
(616) 331-2320

Padnos International Center
130 LOH
(616) 331-3898

Van Andel Global Trade Center
121E DEV
(616) 331-6811


International Student/Study Abroad Resource Center
A diverse online resource directory.

International Student Essays
Students detail their experiences.