International Student Requirements

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 and the master’s program in sports management (graduate-level information HERE). Students must maintain full-time enrollment in all programs, defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate programs and 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:

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

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alex Piedras at apiedras@grandview.edu .

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

For information about majors and programs click HERE.

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Application Process

Application Process

1. Complete the Application for Admission.

2. Applicants who have not earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must submit official high school (secondary school) transcripts. Transcripts must be translated in to English using an agency such as WES or InCred (for student athletes only). 

3. 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. Student athletes may utilize the NAIA service InCred. A basic evaluation is required for review of admission to Grand View; however, if transfer credit for prior coursework is requested, the course-by-course evaluation will be required.

4. Official SAT or ACT scores may not be required for international students to be considered for admission to Grand View University. However, scores may be necessary to be considered for certain academic scholarships or in determining athletic eligibility. Please consult with athletic coach or international admissions counselor with regard to these requirements. For SAT reporting purposes, our code is 6251 and the website is www.sat.org. For ACT reporting purposes, our code is 1316 and the website is www.act.org.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 $40,026. This amount includes tuition as a full-time day 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 for all costs associated with attending Grand View as an international student.

Grand View is unable to offer need-based aid to international students. International students may be awarded athletic or departmental scholarships based on selection by coaches or faculty.

International students meeting the academic criteria to be accepted to Grand View will receive a merit-based award centered on academic credentials achieved. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $14,000 per year. These scholarships are automatic upon acceptance - a student does not need to apply for the award.

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.

International Taxes

If your scholarship is from sources inside the United States, the portion of your scholarship used for room and board as well as for other non-educational expenses is taxed at a flat rate of 14%. Individuals from countries with which the U.S. has negotiated tax treaties may be able to reduce the amount of tax on their scholarships. The portion of your U.S. scholarship granted and used to pay tuition and required fees is exempt from U.S. tax. You will receive Form 1042-S from your sponsor to report the taxable portion of your scholarship.

If you are a nonresident for tax purposes and your scholarship is provided by an entity outside the U.S. you will not pay taxes to the U.S. on any part of your scholarship. Check with your sponsor to determine if you have any U.S. tax obligations on your scholarship.

The U.S. has negotiated tax treaties with many countries of the world. If you are a resident of a country that has a tax treaty with the U.S., you may be eligible to reduce or eliminate U.S. tax on your income. If you are eligible for a tax treaty benefit, you must file Form 8233 with your employer every year. More tax treaty information can be found here.

Next Steps

Next Steps

Pay enrollment deposit. All admitted international students are required to pay a deposit of $1,700 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 $1,400 will be applied toward the student's first semester tuition bill.

Complete transfer release form. Students transferring from another institution in the United States must submit the transfer release form. This must be completed and signed by the international advisor at their current institution and returned to Grand View. The international advisor will also need to transfer your SEVIS record to Grand View before a new I-20 can be issued.

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 at 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.

Take math and English placement exams. Your admissions counselor will let you know if you are required to complete placement exams. Based on English placement exams, an English proficiency assessment may also be required to determine if additional English language support is needed.

Student Spotlight

Quick Facts

Grand View University was founded in 1896 by Danish Lutheran immigrants. Grand View is a private, liberal arts institution.

There are approximately 40 majors for students to choose from. Class sizes are small with around 16 students per class on average.

Grand View is home to 2,000 students – 800 of whom live on campus in the residence halls.

Des Moines is the capital city of the state of Iowa and is also the largest city in the state with an estimated population of 500,000 in the metro area.

Click HERE to learn more about what Des Moines has to offer!


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