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Office of International Students and Scholars

Prospective Students

Currently, 2000 international students attend West Virginia University from over 110 countries. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) staff members help these students with their initial adjustment to the University and Morgantown, assist them throughout their entire stay by providing social, cultural and educational programs, and by answering questions and giving advice about personal concerns, cultural differences, immigration regulations, and financial matters. OISS works closely with faculty, staff, campus organizations and community groups to ensure that international students, scholars, and their families have the greatest opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals. OISS serves as the focal point on campus that deals with the special needs, questions and concerns of those who come to West Virginia University from abroad.

Admission to West Virginia University

If you are considering enrolling at WVU, either as a new or a transfer student, you will need to contact International Admissions. If you are currently an international student at another school in the United States, you will need to submit a Transfer in Form to International Admissions.

Visa Information

When you receive your notification of acceptance to West Virginia University, the next step is to apply for a visa. You will need to have a WVU issued I-20 or DS-2019 to make your consular appointment for your visa. In order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 you will need to submit the following items to the Office of International Students and Scholars:

  • The biodata page of your valid passport
  • English translated financial documents certified and stamped to show your ability to meet at least one year (12 months) of study in the U.S. Financial documents should be no more than 6 months old.
  • Your foreign/home country address which is required to be printed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Current address where you want your I-20 or DS-2019 mailed to (if different from above) along with a current telephone number

You will receive an email soon after your admission notification with guidelines on how to submit all the above information including uploading of attachments. Your documents will be reviewed. If they meet our requirements, an I-20/DS-2019 will be issued and Fedexed to the mailing address you submitted. It’s important to submit a mailing address which will not be changing in at least 2-3 months

Your official admission letter along with your I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to you in approximately two (2) weeks by the office of International Students and Scholars ONLY if you have provided all the required documents outlined above.

Information about U.S. consulate policies, procedures, and requirements can be obtained from the U.S. Department of State.

West Virginia University E-mail

We recommend that you activate your WVU mix email account prior to your arrival using your Username and password.

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Office of International Students and Scholars Resources

Stay connected! There are several new international students going through the exact same experience like you. They too have mixed emotions; excitement, nervousness, fear, and apprehension.

Please stay connected by becoming a fan of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) Facebook page where you can meet new and old international students engaged in discussions. It’s a great way to make friends before you arrive on campus.

Friends of International Students To help you transition and integrate into the Morgantown community, you can also join Friends of International Students. This is a group of community members that are interested in being friends with you, and learning about your country and culture while they share American culture with you. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and experience a rewarding cultural exchange. Assignments are on a first come, first served basis. For more details and to apply, please visit Friends of International Students & Scholars

Undergraduate Students Mentor Program “Culture shock” is a real phenomenon experienced by many international students as they adjust to a new environment, climate, diet, culture, country, and institutional rules and regulations. The International Student Assistant Mentor program cannot claim that new international students will never suffer a bout of culture shock if they participate in the mentor program. However, International Student Assistant Mentors help to make the academic, personal, and social adjustment of many of our new students easier with the care and attention they bestow upon them. The experience that mentors have to offer as upper-class students is invaluable.

The international student mentors facilitate a successful transition to WVU and the USA for new undergraduate international students. They provide a support network for students, guidance and encouragement related to all facets of university and American life. They also interact on a personal level with new students and attend social activities and events. Overall, they assume a big brother/sister role to create a positive university experience and provide participating students with the tools and support needed to succeed at WVU.

To participate in the mentor program, follow the link below to submit your application. Because mentors are limited, applications will be considered on a first-come basis. An Undergraduate Mentee Application Form will be available in the summer for the fall semester.

Fitting in to the U.S. Culture One of the major challenges international students face is differences and difficulties in cultural encounters. Initiatives such as “fitting-in” workshops covering a broad base of topics such as Appalachian culture, the U.S classroom expectations, understanding diverse social and cultural values, knowing your rights as a student, and diversity in America provide an avenue for discussions on cultural similarities and dissimilarities. More information on this fall’s workshop series will be available soon.

Preparing for Life in Morgantown

Traveling to Morgantown – The strongly recommended final destination is Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW). The only way for you to get to Morgantown from the Pittsburgh airport is Airport Limousine Plus or by Greyline bus. Please fill out the Arrival Sheet and submit it online at least two weeks before your arrival. This will assure that we are able to provide the appropriate materials & assistance for you as you adjust to life at WVU and in Morgantown.

Office of International Students and Scholars
PO Box 6411
111 E Moore Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6411
Office Hours: 8:15 am to 4:45pm
Phone: +1-304-293-3519
Fax: +1-304-293-7511