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How to Apply

International Students

WVU welcomes students from around the world. Over 2,000 students from 110 nations study at WVU. You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

How to Apply as an International Student

To apply to West Virginia University as an international student, please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the admissions requirements, English Language Proficiency requirements (scores are for undergraduate levels only) and our application deadlines.
  2. Complete all of the information on the undergraduate application and include the nonrefundable fee of $60. 

    WVU Online Application WVU Printable Application

    If you prefer to use the Common Application, WVU is a member.

    The Common Application
  3. Have the results of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores sent to WVU directly from the respective testing service.
  4. Send the following information to WVU:
    • 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. Please review our important note about submitting materials. Any supporting material should be forwarded by mail or sent by FedEx to the following address:

Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
P.O. 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.

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.

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.



English Language Proficiency Requirements (undergraduate levels only)

Generally undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English must submit adequate (TOEFL) or (IELTS) results before an application can be considered for admission to the WVU:

TOEFL Internet-Based = 61
TOEFL Paper-Based = 500
IELTS = 6.0

TOEFL results are not required for applicants who have received a high school diploma from a U.S. high school and have obtained the required minimum ACT or SAT test scores, or for those who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in the United States.

In some cases, SAT reading or ACT English test scores may be used to meet English Proficiency. 

A passing grade in the subject of English on the IGCSE or GCSE Certificates from Cambridge International will also be accepted for English Proficiency.

Applicants who have completed English composition courses at a U.S. institution, which WVU determines 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 emailing

Application Deadlines

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:

Applications submitted after the deadline and incomplete applications will be considered for the next term.


If you have a question about the application process or requirements for international students, please email us at

World Education Services (WES)

To expedite the application process, it is recommended, but not required, that all undergraduate students (both freshmen and transfer) who have attended high school, post-secondary educational institutions and colleges or universities outside the United States use World Education Services to complete professional credential evaluation of all academic work completed. Transfer applicants should request a "course-by-course" International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP). Freshman applicants should request a "document-by-document" International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP). ICAP evaluations include WES certified copies of official documents.



International scholarship information is available at the Undergraduate Scholarship Office.

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.

Interested in talking to someone about WVU?

Contact an Admissions Counselor