Mission Statement

International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) is committed to service for all members of the international community who participate or will participate in international experiences at WVU. We strive to strengthen, enrich and advocate for international education and cultural exchange by anticipating and responding to specific needs and concerns of this international community.

West Virginia University's International Students and Scholars Services, located in Purinton House on the downtown campus, is within the Office of Global Affairs and is a link to students and research scholars from over 100 countries around the world. With the diversity in these students’ and scholars’ cultural backgrounds and values, they have one thing in common: the challenge and adventure of living in a new culture. Leaving family and lifetime friends, as well as coping with a new language, social and physical environment, and daily customs, can add to the pressure of study or work. International students' adjustment to life in the US can be greatly eased by meeting people who would like to share friendships and exchange ideas and information about the world.