Some of this information may not be applicable to international students already in the U.S attending U.S institutions.
International student check-in will be held in Purinton House Monday through Friday, between 8.15 am and 4.45 pm.
Note: It is required that you complete check-in first, before attending orientation. Check in serves to validate your SEVIS record as well as registration for international orientation. No fee payment is required.
As an international student, you are required by the United States Department of Homeland Security to report to the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) at the beginning of your academic program for validation of your SEVIS record, to maintain legal status. In order to assist you in complying with this requirement, you are required to bring the following documents with you to check-in:
- Admission letter to West Virginia University (WVU)
- Current Passport, with your U.S visa
- Passport copies for dependents (spouses and children) where applicable
- WVU Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (Note: if you have an active immigration record that is being transferred from another college or university in the U.S. to WVU, please also bring your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 from your previous school.)
- Form I-20(s) or Form DS-2019(s) of your dependents (spouse and children), if applicable
- A print out of your certificate of completion of the pre-arrival orientation
Important Note: It may take multiple days to complete all new student requirements, to include your academic college orientation, payroll processing etc where applicable. Please schedule your travel plans accordingly so that you arrive in a timely manner.
Course registration does not take place at check-in. At check-in, however, we will give you information on how to register for your courses.
International Student Orientation
Orientation will be held on January 3, 2017 through January 6, 2017.
Undergraduate students who have applied for and paid their housing deposit are permitted to move into the residence halls on January 3 between 8:15 am and 8:00 pm.
Intensive English Program (IEP) students are not required to attend this orientation session. They will have alternate orientation dates communicated directly through the IEP.
Orientation will introduce you to West Virginia University and Morgantown, allow you to meet other new students, and provide information on topics such as campus activities, health insurance requirements, managing your immigration and SEVIS record, U.S laws, and cultural adjustment. Staff members from offices around campus have made special arrangements to participate in this event so that they can introduce themselves and discuss the services and support they provide. Further questions about orientation can be answered by ISSS staff during check-in.
To ensure the health and safety of our campus, immunization against communicable diseases is extremely important.
Undergraduate students are required to provide their immunizations records to the Student Insurance Office prior to or on arrival on campus.
Graduate students are not required to provide their immunization records. However, for your personal well being it is highly recommended that you get the necessary immunizations.
More details on the required and recommended immunizations are available at Immunization Information
It is WVU policy that ALL international students have medical health insurance which includes evacuation/repatriation coverage. WELLWVU and the WVU official Health insurance provider, Aetna is responsible for the monitoring and verification of international students’ required health insurance. It is the student’s responsibility to comply with U.S, University and Aetna regulations as they relate to health insurance.
International students can either privately purchase health insurance that is comparable to the WVU Aetna Health Insurance or they will be automatically enrolled in and charged in the WVU Aetna Health Insurance Plan. Students with privately purchased health insurance are required to submit and be granted a waiver from the WVU Aetna Insurance coverage.
For more information on the Aetna Health Insurance waiver go to Student Insurance
Students with Graduate Assistantships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships or Graduate Research Assistantships will be provided health insurance by their departments as part of their employment benefits.
If you have further questions, please contact,
- Diana Abraham
- Program Coordinator
- International Students and Scholars Services