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How to Apply

International Undergraduate Students

WVU welcomes students from around the world. Over 2,000 students from 108 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. Complete all of the information on the undergraduate application and include the nonrefundable fee of $65.

    WVU Application

    If you are applying as a first-time freshman and prefer to use the Common Application, WVU is a member.

    The Common Application
  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:
    • 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).
    • Copies of all academic certificates or diplomas in original language of issue.
    Note: Original or certified copies of official records/transcripts must be submitted after admission or upon arrival.

    • English translations of academic records/transcripts and certificates/diplomas.
    • Copy of current passport or visa for visa status.

How to Submit Materials

All application materials should be submitted together at the same time, if possible. Please review our instructions for applicants from Chinese institutions and an important note about names on submitted documents. Any supporting material should be forwarded by mail or sent by any express carrier to the following address:

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

Applicants from Chinese institutions

Applicants from Chinese institutions should request and submit official transcripts directly through CHESICC. Requests are processed by CHESICC and will be sent electronically to WVU’s admissions office. You will not need to submit a paper copy of your transcript. Visit CHESICC to get started.

Important Note about Names on Submitted Documents

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

Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
TOEFL Internet-Based = 61
Academic IELTS = 6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic = 44
Duolingo English Test = 90
ACT English = 19
SAT Reading Test = 20

Fall 2021 and forward
TOEFL Internet-Based = 79
Academic IELTS = 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic = 53
Duolingo English Test = 105
ACT English = 24
SAT EBRW = 570

Other options for establishing English proficiency are:

GCSE or GCE English exam – 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

In some cases, it may be possible to consider applicants who lack adequate TOEFL, IELTS or PTE 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)

Any international applicant can elect to use World Education Services (WES) for high school and college credit evaluation prior to enrollment in order to expedite the application process. WES may also be used for the purpose of appealing a GPA decision from the Office of Admissions (international applicants only).

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 WES to complete a 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 on Student Financial Support and Services' 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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