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. 

Fall 2023 - Termination of SEVP COVID-19 Flexibilities

Starting Fall 2023, new and returning international students are no longer permitted to take a majority of their courses online. Immigration is reverting to pre-COVID rules as follows:

G​​​​​​raduate students must take at least 9 credits each Fall & Winter semester

  • At least 6 of those credits must be in-person
  • 1 class (3 credits) maximum can be taught in an online format, if taking the minimum course load of 9 credits
  • Hybrid courses will be considered in-person if it meets in person at least 25% of the time (approximately 4 weeks of in-person meeting in a standard semester).
  • If taking more than the minimum course load (more than 9 credits), the additional credits can be online


  • 9 credits: 6 credits in-person, 3 credits (1 class) online ✔ permitted
  • 9 credits: 6 credits in-person, 3 credits (3 classes) online ✘ not permitted
  • 12 credits total: 6 credits in-person, 6 credits (4 classes) online ✔ permitted
  • 12 credits total: 3 credits in-person, 9 credits online ✘ not permitted

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.

Joseph Ohaeche (right) receiving an award from Dr. Jeffrey Potteiger (left)

Joseph Ohaeche, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Winter 2023 President of the Graduate Student Association, Dean's Citation Award Recipient

International Graduate Student Spotlight: Joseph Ohaeche

During his time in the Cybersecurity program, Joseph was an exemplary student. He served on the Graduate Student Association and even stepped up to become the President. Joseph advocated for the concerns of fellow graduate students. His leadership, service, and advocacy for diversity and inclusion were all recognized at the Winter 2023 Graduate School Citation Awards.

Page last modified January 8, 2024