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We are excited that you have an interest in West Virginia State University.  Below you will find the required steps and information for all international applicants. If you have any questions, email

WVSU defines an international student as any person who is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident (green card holder), refugee, or asylee. This includes individuals who have visas with the designation of F1, J1, H-1 B, H4, etc. . International applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility documents are also required to provide evidence of financial support.

International applicants who have filed an application for United States Permanent Residency, but have not yet been granted approval, are considered International applicants and are required to submit the international application but are not required to provide financial documentation.

American citizens who reside in other countries and attend foreign schools are not considered international students.
Application Deadlines for First-Year Students

Fall Semester (August) Start: May 1

Spring Semester (Janurary) Start: October 1 


  Undergraduate International Admission Checklist
  1. Application fee of $20
  2. Application for Admission
  3. Official transcripts
  4. Proof of English Language Proficiency
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Financial Affidavit of Support along with bank statements
  7. FERPA Form
  8. Your Immunization Records of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  9. A clear copy of Passport ID Name Page
  10. Transfer-in Verification Form & a copy of your I-20/DS2019 if you are currently in the U.S. with an F-1 or J-1 visa status
If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact us by email at or by phone at (304) 204-4094.

Upon receipt of your academic credentials, we will be able to determine your admission status and scholarship amount.

You can send all your supporting documents via email to We reserve the right to request an original or official copy of the documents, should the scanned copy not prove sufficient.

Application Deadlines
All international applications are processed on a rolling basis. Your application for admission and supporting credentials should be submitted as early as possible to allow us sufficient time to process your application and for you to obtain your visa and arrange for travel to the U.S. All new international students are required to arrive on campus before each term starts to participate in the mandatory new student orientation. The Office of International Affairs conducts the International Student Orientation every spring and fall terms.

Application Requirements
Along with your completed Application, you must submit the following documents. All supporting documents may be scanned and submitted to our office via email at
  1. $20 Application fee You may pay this fee online with a credit card or by wire transfer. Please call the university Cashier's Office at 304-766-3141 to make the payment if you have any payment questions.
  2. Complete an Application for Admission (online)
  3. Original transcripts or officially certified copies of original transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Please include all secondary/high schools, colleges, universities or technical schools you have attended.
  • If records are not in English, include a certified translation.
  • If you have attended a non-U.S. post-secondary institute, college or university that does not have a current articulation agreement with West Virginia State University, you must have a course-by-course evaluation by a professional credit-evaluation agency who is NACES accredited.
  • International undergraduate applicants must have graduated from a secondary/high school with a “C” average or better. Transfer students must have a “C” average or better from any post-secondary schools attended.
  1. Proof of English Language Proficiency (exempt for students from an English speaking country) see details on a separate sheet)
  2. Financial Affidavit of Support The form must show that the student has enough funding to cover the cost of the first year (two full semesters) of study. This form must include the required signatures, supporting bank statements, affirmation of support or official letters. See the cost information here for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
  3. Statement of Purpose. In your own words, please describe your academic background and your educational goals at WVSU and how those tie into your future goals. The purpose of this writing is not to impress us; we want it to be honest and allow us to get to know you.
  4. FERPA Form ( check all applicable to you, sign and date)
  5. Your Immunization Records-MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  6. A clear copy of your passport ID page
  7. Transfer-in Verification Form: International students currently studying in the United States with an F-1 or J-1 visa status will need to complete this form.
IMPORTANT: All application materials, including supporting documents (e.g. bank statements, transcripts) become the property of West Virginia State University and cannot be returned. Any documents submitted that are not specifically requested by the University will not be considered in the applications process.
Graduate programs each have individual applications and requirements that are specific to each program. Please see the coordinating sections for the program you are interested in.

Please send all graduate admission documents to the department for review. After you are admitted, the Office of International Students will create an I-20, which you need to apply for an F1 student visa from American Embassy in your country.

For us to do so, we still need to receive from you the following:
  1. A clear copy of your passport ID page along with your permanent physical address (no P. O. Box address)
  2. Financial Affidavit of Support along with bank statements and/or award letters
  3. FERPA Form 
  4. Your immunization record of MMR  (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  5. Transfer-in Verification Form & a copy of your I-20/DS2019 if you are currently in the U.S. with an F-1 or J-1 visa status.
Please send the above documents to
For the cost information of the 2021-22 academic year, please open the Cost of Graduate Programs
West Virginia State University ships letters of admission and form I-20 via USPS. This process can take approximately 7-10 business days. For more information about express shipping options, please click the link below.

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