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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 (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS scores) 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 Service (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
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.

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

Generally applicants whose first 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 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 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 cannot be guaranteed consideration for the desired 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 strongly recommended 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 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, is 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



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