WVU welcomes students from around the world. Over 2,000 students from 102 nations study at WVU. Please carefully review the information below to start the application process.
How to Apply as an International Student
International students applying for admission must submit the following:
- A completed online application or download a copy and fill it out
- A non-refundable $60 application service fee
- Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) scores must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing service.
- Original or certified copies of all official academic records/transcripts in original language of issue ( transcripts from U.S. institutions must be sent to WVU directly from the institutions). Please note: Unofficial photocopies and emailed scans of transcripts are not acceptable.
- Original or certified copies of all academic certificates or diplomas in original language of issue
- Official English translations of academic records/transcripts and certificates/diplomas
- Copy of current passport or visa for visa status
- All application materials should be submitted together at the same time, if possible
Applicants for undergraduate programs must submit all secondary school records as well as all university-level records. Undergraduate transfer applicants should submit course descriptions or syllabi for all courses completed at the university level.
Any supporting material should be forwarded by mail or sent by FedEx to the following address:Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
PO Box 6009
One Waterfront Place, Second Floor
Morgantown WV 26506-6009
Please note: Documents received by WVU, including original documents become the property of WVU and cannot be returned to or copied for the applicant.
Important Note about Submitting Information
Materials from applicants are retained alphabetically, under the family name, as
indicated by the applicant on the International Student Admission Application.
It is important that all forms, records and correspondence use the same name and
spelling. Your name needs to be as it appears or will appear in your passport.
Materials often cannot be matched to files when papers arrive with different names.
Admission Requirements for International Students
The following are the minimum admissions requirements for international students applying as freshman or undergraduate transfer students.
- Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale
- Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application (see English Proficiency)
- Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry
- For direct admission to some colleges and majors – SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. For all other majors, International students are encouraged, but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility
- Must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
- Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and complete an Intensive English Program (IEP) application (see English Proficiency).
- In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours, must also meet freshman admission standards and submit official secondary school/high school transcripts. Some individual programs and majors have different course requirements and higher grade point average requirements; please review the various program requirements.
- Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from regionally accredited U.S. institutions.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
TOEFL Internet-Based = 61
TOEFL Computer-Based = 173
TOEFL Paper-Based = 500
IELTS = 6.0
Applicants who have completed English composition courses at a U.S. institution, which are equivalent to the WVU’s English 101 and 102 with a “B” average, are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. Many online English composition courses are not considered equivalent and will require review and approval from the English department.
In some cases, it may be possible to consider applicants who lack adequate TOEFL or IELTS scores. Such applicants must enroll in the WVU Intensive English Program prior to beginning their academic program. Applicants who wish to be considered for this option must notify the Office of Admissions when they submit their application. Additional information about the Intensive English Program can be obtained by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For an applicant to be considered for admission and to be able to process immigration papers, all application materials and supporting documents must be received by these dates:
- Applicants must apply by April 1 for the first semester (August to December – 16 weeks)
- Applicants must apply by October 1 for the second semester (January to May – 16 weeks)
- Applicants must apply by February 15 for the summer semester (May to August – 12 weeks)
Applications submitted after the deadline and incomplete applications cannot be guaranteed consideration for the desired term.
World Education Services (WES)
To expedite the application process, it is strongly recommended that all undergraduate students (both freshmen and transfer) who have attended high school, post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities outside the United States, use World Education Services to complete the required professional credential evaluation of all academic work completed. A “detailed” or “course-by-course” evaluation including a calculated grade point average (GPA) and WES certified copies of official documents, are required for all work completed in a country other than the United States.
Transcripts, mark sheets, grade report examination results and degree certificates from all previously attended institutions should be sent to:
World Education Services (WES)
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Once you have submitted your credentials to WES for evaluation, any inquiries regarding the evaluation can be directed to: www.wes.org.
Financial Documentation for Student Visa
Before WVU can issue the document necessary to apply for a student visa (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) the student must provide proof that he or she has the adequate financial resources to provide for his or her expenses incurred while studying at WVU. For more on the Student Visa process, visit the Office of International Students and Scholars.
Student Health Insurance
International students will be automatically enrolled in our student health plan unless an appropriate waiver has been submitted and approved. Information regarding the plan, enrollment information, waiver forms, etc., can be found at the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Student Support and Organizations
Once you are admitted to WVU, the Office of International Students and Scholars offers support and various cross-cultural programs and activities in which you can be involved.