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International Undergraduate Students

WVU welcomes students from around the world. Over 900 students from 90 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

If you are applying as an international graduate student, please follow the steps for international graduate applicants. To apply to as an international undergraduate student, please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the admissions requirements, English Language Proficiency requirements (scores are for undergraduate levels only) and our undergraduate application deadlines.
  2. To apply for an on-campus program, complete either the WVU Application or the Common App and include the nonrefundable fee of $65.

    WVU Application The Common App

    To apply for an online program, use the steps for WVU Online Campus applicants.

  3. Have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic or Duolingo English Test scores sent to WVU.
  4. Send the following information to WVU:
    • Unofficial copies of all secondary education records (transcripts, mark sheets, exams). Note: Original or certified copies of official records/transcripts must be submitted after admission or upon arrival.
    • Official transcripts from any university-level education.
    • English translations of academic records/transcripts and certificates/diplomas that were not issued in English.

How to Submit Materials

Most freshman applications can be reviewed based on unofficial transcripts. Upload copies of your transcripts with your application if possible. If not, or if you need to provide more documents, you will have an opportunity to provide them after you submit your application.

Transfer and second bachelor’s degree applications require official transcripts for review. If your school uses eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment, please use that to send transcripts to If not, official transcripts can be sent by mail to:

Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
One Waterfront Place, Second Floor 
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

To enroll, you will need to provide official copies of any unofficial documents used during your application review. You will need to provide final documents if the documents provided for review were not final. You can also send those to the address above or bring them with you when you arrive on campus.

WVU accepts electronic score delivery for SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE and Duolingo scores. WVU also accepts scores from those exams that we can verify through the testing agency.


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 one of the following test scores, before an application can be considered for academic admission to WVU:

Intensive English Program Accelerated Mountaineer Program for English as a Second Language
(2 semesters)
Accelerated Mountaineer Program for English as a Second Language
(1 semester)
Regular Admission
Academic IELTS
Below 5.5
5.5 (no section scores below 5.5)
6.0 (no section scores below 6)
TOEFL Internet-Based
Below 61
TOEFL Essentials
Below 8.0
Duolingo English Test
Below 90
90-104 and review by WVU English Language Learning Institute
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Below 44
ACT English
Below 19
19-23 and review by WVU English Language Learning Institute
Below 490
490-560 and review by WVU English Language Learning Institute

Other options for establishing English proficiency are:

GCSE or GCE English exam from an approved UK exam board – Letter grades A, B or C, or numerical grades 4-9

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Average grade of B (3.0) or higher in two introductory English composition courses including coursework on research and the writing process taken at a regionally accredited U.S. university.

If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, then you do not have to submit a test score for English proficiency: Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, Commonwealth Caribbean Countries (Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos).  

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



International scholarship information is available on Student Financial Support and Services' International Scholarships page.

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 Global Affairs.

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 Insurance Office.

Student Support and Organizations

Once you are admitted to WVU, the Office of Global Affairs offers support and various cross-cultural programs and activities in which you can be involved.

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