International Students

Greetings from The Graduate School at Grand Valley State University!  Our goal is to make your search for a Graduate Program as simple as possible, and to invite you to our campus. Below are some links for you, the ideal International Student. 

Welcome International Students

Visit the International Student Website to find out more about what we have to offer International Students.

An International Student Orientation is provided to help you feel comfortable here.

Padnos International

The Padnos International Center acts as a home away from home for international students.

International Student Expectations are provided through the Padnos International Center.

Admission Resources

Graduate admission requirements can be found through the Office of Admissions.

Visit International Transcript Evaluation Services for a list companies that offer international transcript evaluations.

For Saudi Arabian Students

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) has informed Grand Valley State University that any entirely internet / online-based courses must first be approved. GVSU has provided a Request to take Online Classes Form.

Admitted Student Resources

To help make your transition to Grand Valley as easy as possible, review the following Admitted Students Resource:

◊ Visa and Immigration Information 

◊ On-campus Housing Information 

◊ Class Registration Information

◊ Student life Opportunities 

 ESL Writing and Literacy Support

The Graduate School also provides all graduate students with Student Resources for academic success.

Career Services also proves resources for those seeking Employment Opportunities.

A student with their project at Graduate Showcase

Ratan Chandra Ghosh next to the engineering group project Automated Detection of Various Parking Permit and Violation at The Graduate Showcase. The Graduate Showcase is an event, offered by The Graduate School and Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, to highlight exceptional work done by graduate students.

International Graduate Student Spotlight: Richa Bhurtel

Richa Bhurtel, Master of Business Administration, receiving a Dean's Citation Award

Richa Bhurtel, Master of Business Administration, Dean's Citation Award Recipient

As a Seidman MBA student, Richa volunteered with the Seidman Alumni Board and was a member of our Graduate Student Advisory Board.  As a member of the university, Richa served as member of the Graduate Student Association and, to further her development, she also participated with the Cook Leadership Academy.

Why did you choose graduate studies at GVSU?

Being in a business program, it made perfect sense to join GVSU and the Seidman College of Business, which is located right at the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, a city that is booming in economic development.

What appealed to you the most about the degree program in Business?

The hands-on approach towards teaching and the willingness from faculty members to provide any help needed, was what appealed to me the most. I was in communication with few faculty members via email before I arrived at GVSU and was already excited to meet them. Having several global companies in close vicinity would definitely help obtain applicable learning and professional opportunities.

What was your best experience at GVSU or in Grand Rapids?

My best experience at GVSU was being a part of the Seidman dean's office, various student organizations and the Cook Leadership Academy. I met many wonderful people and could actually experience growth and maturity not only in the professional arena, but also in an overall personal sense. Grand Rapids is home for me and I will always cherish the relationships I built in and with the city.

Page last modified February 15, 2019