Apply: Find applications and requirements for international student admission:

Application Deadlines: See important dates regarding admissions: 

October 15 Winter semester admissions deadline. 

May 1 Deadline to be considered for an academic scholarship for Fall semester. You must be admitted to Grand Valley and meet the minimum scholarship criteria by this date. 

May 1 Fall application deadline.

July 1 Fall housing deadline if you want on campus housing. 

Last week of August Classes for the fall semester begin. 

Nov 15- Winter housing deadline.

Scholarships: On-Campus Scholarships All F-1 International Students that have completed 12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits at Grand Valley are eligible to apply for scholarships. Information will be mailed to students in February. Students submit an application to a committee chaired by the Director of International Students and Scholars Services. Questions should be directed to

Off-Campus Scholarships There are many opportunities pertaining to private scholarships and grants. You will find the following websites helpful when researching alternative sources of funding 

Scholarship Opportunities

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

The Princeton Review 


International Peace Scholarship for Women 

International Student Scholar Award 

International Scholarships 

International Student Scholarship Opportunities 

International Student Loans

Proof of Finances: United States Immigration law requires all international students to verify that they have support for at least one year's costs and that there is reasonable assurance that the financial support will continue for the remaining years needed to complete the degree. The estimated tuition and housing expenses for the 2016-17 academic year is $25,000 per year.

TOEFL: Official TOEFL or IELTS score report or completion of ELS Level 112 is required for all students coming from a non-English-speaking country. The minimum TOEFL score required by Grand Valley is 80 and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5.

Transfer Student: If you are an incoming transfer student, you must meet the same academic requirements as new Grand Valley students. In order to have credits transfer to Grand Valley, you must submit a course syllabus in English with a description of the course. It is also helpful to submit coursework so professors can see that the work involved was to the level that they expect. All of this information should be submitted to Chris Hendree,

Transferring from the US: In addition to the above information, you must fill out a Transfer Release Form for Grand Valley. You may also have additional transfer forms to complete through the community college or university you are transferring from. This includes a transfer release date that must be submitted to Grand Valley for immigration purposes. 

Transferring from ELS Grand Rapids: Please see the following link for information if you are transferring from ELS Grand Rapids

Orientation: Orientation is still required for all transfer students. You must physically present yourself to the director of international students within 10 days of the start of the semester to pick up your I-20.

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