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Admitted Students

International Students

Steps to Enrollment

You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident. To enroll at West Virginia University as an international student, please complete the following steps:

  1. Log Into WVU Portal

    Now that you’re admitted, it’s time to get connected. To access the WVU Portal, you need to activate your Login. The WVU Portal connects you to STAR, DegreeWorks, eCampus and your MIX email – all important online programs. You'll also use the WVU Portal to complete many of the steps required for enrolling at WVU.

    Log Into WVU Portal

  2. Pay the Academic Deposit

    Paying the academic deposit secures your place in the class. Once the academic deposit is paid, you will receive additional information about housing and New Student Orientation. The academic deposit is fully refundable, provided you cancel your enrollment prior to May 1.

    Pay Academic Deposit

  3. Submit Additional Documents

    If you were admitted based on unofficial transcripts, or transcripts that did not show your final grades and graduation, you will need to provide final official documents.

    Submit Documents

  4. Take a Virtual Tour of Campus

    If you are already attending school in the U.S. and haven’t already done so, come visit WVU’s beautiful campus in Morgantown, W.Va. If you are unable to visit campus, all is not lost, take a virtual tour!

    Visit Campus
    Take a Virtual Tour 

  5. Apply for Scholarships

    Students admitted by June 15 receive priority consideration for WVU international scholarships. You may also wish to explore other scholarship opportunities with an EducationUSA adviser in your country.

    Explore WVU Scholarships

    Find an EducationUSA Adviser
  6. Submit the I-20 Application

    Approximately one week after receiving your admissions notification by email, you will receive an online I-20 application link where you can submit the required documents and information for your I-20 or DS-2019 application.

    Submit I-20 Application

  7. Complete Pre-Arrival Orientation

    Once you submit your I-20 or DS-2019 online application, you will be guided to a mandatory online pre-arrival orientation site. The certificate of completion will be required when you check in at WVU.

    Complete Pre-Arrival Orientation

  8. Pay the Housing Deposit and Submit the Housing Application

    After you pay the academic deposit, complete the online housing application and select your top three residence hall choices.

    Apply for Housing

  9. Choose a Dining Plan

    All students living in WVU residence halls are required to have a dining plan. If you are commuting, you have the option of purchasing a non-resident plan.

    Choose a Dining Plan
  10. Travel to the U.S. and Arrange Airport Pick-Up

    You are eligible to travel to the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to your program start date indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019. Once you have finalized your travel arrangements to the U.S., if you need assistance with airport pick-up, volunteer services are available upon request. 

    Make Travel Arrangements 
  11. Move-in

    The Housing Office will send general housing information and housing assignments to your WVU email address, so check your account regularly.

  12. Check In and Attend Orientation

    Prior to New International Student Orientation you should go to Purinton House Room 101 to check in so we can activate your SEVIS record as required by immigration regulations, and help you get started. 


    Attend Orientation
  13. Pay Your Bill

    Your student account must be paid in full by the deadline for your intended term.

    Pay Your Bill

Interested in talking to someone about WVU?

Contact an Admissions Counselor