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International Students

The WVU community welcomes 1,000 international graduate and professional students who come to Morgantown from around the globe: from India to China, from Nigeria to Columbia, from South Korea to Kenya. 

West Virginia University has a great deal to offer International Students:


For admission consideration as a degree-seeking graduate student at WVU, the applicant must:

The above are minimum University standards. Specific degree programs frequently set higher standards and also may set additional requirements, such as the submission of standardized test scores or letters of recommendation. 


Before you apply to your program of interest, we encourage you to contact the Graduate Program Director or faculty member to inquire about potential funding and openings in your research or academic area. For program specific and contact information, visit our Degree Programs Database.
Visit the International Students and Scholars Services for information about visas and more information for prospective international students.
Potential graduate teaching assistants may also be interested in the International Teaching Assistant Handbook

NOTE: 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.


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:

Applicants who have received a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand or Australia need not submit TOEFL/IELTS results. 

However, applicants having only a master’s degree from an accredited US college or university must still provide acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

Contact the academic department for further information.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 should consult with the academic department and must notify the Office of Admissions when they submit their application. Additional information about the Intensive English Program can be obtained by e-mailing

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