Global Education

International Students

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International Brochure:

We are pleased that you are considering continuing your education at Viterbo University. We are a small, private, Catholic university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We welcome people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds and look forward to receiving your application.

Application Process

Below is a step-by-step outline of the procedures to follow in preparing your application:

Academic Programs
Search the list of academic programs of study available at Viterbo. Select the one in which you are interested.

Costs and International Student Scholarships
Review the costs of attending Viterbo and the financial assistance available to international students. Viterbo does award some scholarship assistance; however, there are no full scholarships available. Review information in the link below.

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in English is necessary, so review our requirements. For those without English proficiency, we have an ESL program that you can complete. Contact the office of International Admissions ( for more details.

Admission Process and Application Deadlines
Continue with the application process by reviewing all requirements and sending all of the documents requested on the application.

Transfer Students

If you are an international student currently studying at another U.S. university, review information that pertains particularly to you. Instructions for Transfer Students.

Helpful Services for International Students

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Viterbo University recognizes that English language proficiency is an important component of academic success for international students whose native language is not English. Students who do not meet the TOEFL requirements (500+ paper test, 173+ computer test, 61+ Internet test) may enroll in one of Viterbo’s English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The ESL courses are designed to improve students’ experiences at Viterbo by enhancing their conversation, reading, writing, and listening skills, and overall academic performance. Some of the topics the courses will cover include:

  • Improved reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Paragraph and writing conventions
  • Academic skills in the classroom
  • Listening comprehension
  • Conversational proficiency
  • Comprehending lectures in English
  • Making oneself understood in class

The ESL Policy

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers individual and group tutoring for all classes offered at Viterbo, at no cost. Some additional services the ARC provides include math assistance, nursing math preparation, and writing assistance. Many workshops are held throughout the semester to help students be successful in all areas of academic performance. The ARC has a Conversation Table designed for international students who need to improve their English conversation skills, as well as one-on-one advanced writing tutoring.