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Post-Arrival Information

1. Life and Customs in the United States

The United States is home to over 300 million people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. We like to think of the U.S. as a salad bowl—people from all walks of life coexist together while maintaining their own identities and unique traits. Because of this, it is difficult to define life and customs in the U.S. in an all-encompassing way.

When you arrive, you will most likely land in one of the larger U.S. cities near Morgantown, such as Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington D.C. Cleveland, or Cincinnati. From there, you will travel to Morgantown. Along the way, you may see other cities, small towns, and farmlands that stretch for miles. As you approach Morgantown, you can expect to see rolling hills and signs of WVU pride on all sides. While Morgantown is nestled in the hills of West Virginia and is surrounded by small towns, multiple larger cities can be reached within a few hours by car. In these larger cities, you will have access to foods, experiences, and influences from all over the world.

Life in Morgantown can take whatever characteristics you choose. Some people come to Morgantown for the stimulating intellectual environment found among our researchers and academics. Others come here to indulge in the vibrant night life. Others still engage in creativity at all levels, from art to music to theater and beyond. No matter what you enjoy, Morgantown has something to offer you.

We realize that traveling to the U.S. for the first time can be daunting, as the culture and the people may be different from those you are used to. At ISSS, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about life in the U.S. and U.S. customs you can expect to encounter. We are happy to welcome you to our country, our community, and our campus.

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