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Graduate Students

Requirements for International Graduate Students

Grand View welcomes a growing number of international students each year from many different countries.

International students may apply and be considered for admission to all undergraduate, four-year baccalaureate degree programs (HERE) and the master’s program in sports management. Students must maintain full-time enrollment in all programs, defined as a minimum of nine credit hours per semester for the graduate program.

Grand View must receive all of the items listed under "Application Process" before a student is considered for admission. The deadline for receipt of all materials to start the fall semester is June 1 and December 1 to start for the spring semester.

Please send all required materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Grand View University
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50316

For your convenience, you can download the international graduate student checklist HERE. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alex Piedras at apiedras@grandview.edu .

Toll-free in the United States: 800-444-6083

Application Process

Application Process

1. Complete the Application for Admission.

2. Your nonrefundable application fee is $40. To pay your application fee, click HERE.

3. You must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, evidenced by an official transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution granting the credit. If college coursework from a foreign institution has been completed, official college transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. All documents must be translated and certified in English. Students who have completed college-level credit from an institution outside of the United States must have the credit evaluated by an institution such as WES.

4. You must have a validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  If your GPA is less thatn 3.0, please address the reason in a cover letter or addendum.

5. Submit:

  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or a written essay (in addition to the required cover letter). Go to www.gmat.com or www.gre.org.  The GRE is most appropriate for those in education and nursing, the GMAT for those in business. Click HERE for instructions about the essay.
  • A cover letter that addresses 1) the student’s interest in the program, including the identification of short-term and long-term career goals; 2) the skills and experiences the student will contribute to the program; and 3) expectations the student has of the program.
  • A professional resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an undergraduate faculty member (or a substitute approved by the Council of Graduate Studies), one from an employer, and one from another person who can attest to the student’s ability to successfully engage in graduate study. Instead of a letter of recommendation, you may ask your recommenders to fill out and submit the electronic recommendation form, HERE.

6. Official TOEFL, IELTS, or iTEP scores will be required if your native language is not English. Required minimum score ranges for overall and subtests for TOEFL paper exams are 500 – 550 and internet-based exams are 60-79. For IELTS, we accept minimum scores between 5.0 and 5.5 and for iTEP the minimum score range is 3.4 to 3.9. For TOEFL reporting purposes our code is 6251.

7. Demonstrate on the Official Certification of Finances (PDF) form that you have adequate financial resources to cover the estimated annual expense budget. This form will be given to the student by the international admissions counselor. Current bank statements must also be submitted along with the financial form.

8. Provide a copy of passport and/or photo ID. The I-20 needs to match the passport/ID exactly.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The total cost to attend Grand View University for the 2017-18 school year is $25, 010 (not including summer enrollment). This amount includes tuition as a full-time student, fees, room and board. Actual costs may vary depending on which housing or meal plan option is chosen.

Please review the International Student Budget (with summer enrollment) or International Student Budget (without summer enrollment) for all costs associated with attending Grand View as an international student. If you are considering the 

Grand View is unable to offer need-based aid to international students. However, if you are employed by Grand View, there may opportunities for tuition assistance.

The remaining cost after scholarships must be paid by the student before August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

Next Steps

Next Steps

Pay enrollment deposit. All admitted international  students are required to pay a deposit of $1,200 before the I-20 is issued. $100 will be held as a non-refundable enrollment deposit, $200 will be held as a housing deposit, and the remaining balance will be applied toward the student's first semester tuition bill.

Receive the I-20 from Grand View. The I-20 is a very important document. Be sure to safeguard it: do not lose or misplace this as you will need to carry the original with you while traveling.

Provide proof of health insurance. All international students are required to obtain health insurance coverage in the United States. Grand View can assist with obtaining an appropriate policy. Policy must be in effect before classes begin.

Complete the I-901 form and pay the $200 processing fee. You can do this online HERE.

Apply for F-1 student visa. Contact your home country U.S. Consulate.

Complete and submit online housing contract. A housing contract must be submitted before placement is made. Please refer to contract agreement regarding university breaks.

Schedule travel plans to the U.S. Refer to your I-20 for expected arrival dates.

Steps Upon Arrival

Meet with Grand View’s international advisor Alex Piedras. Bring I-20, I-94, passport and proof of health insurance to complete your file.

Attend international student orientation. Your admissions counselor will tell you where and when this will take place.