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Currently, more than 2300 international students attend West Virginia University from over 110 countries. International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) staff members help these students with their initial adjustment to the University and Morgantown, assist them throughout their entire stay by providing social, cultural and educational programs, and by answering questions and giving advice about personal concerns, cultural differences, immigration regulations, and financial matters. ISSS works closely with faculty, staff, campus organizations and community groups to ensure that international students, scholars, and their families have the greatest opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals. ISSS serves as the focal point on campus that addresses the special needs, questions and concerns of those who come to West Virginia University from abroad.

Distance Education Limits/On-Line Class Registration

Immigration regulations state that:

No more than the equivalent of one on-line/distance education class or 3 credits per session/semester may count towards the “full course of study” requirement per semester/session, if the course “does not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class.” If the student’s course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance education classes may be counted toward the full course of study requirement. An online or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave or satellite, audio or video conferencing.

The distance education provision does not limit the number of distance education credits that can be used towards a degree’s requirements, but rather the number of such credits that can be used to satisfy the “full course of study” requirement per session/semester.

WVU E-mail Account (MIX)

We strongly recommend that you activate your WVU MIX email account prior to your arrival using your username and password.

Note: Your MIX email account is considered as the official email account for all WVU related correspondence.

If you have trouble activating your account, please contact Information Technology Services (ITS).

Phone: 304-293-4444
Toll Free: 1-877-327-9260

Avoiding Academic Dishonesty Pitfalls

The American classroom culture and expectations are very different from most of the other countries. Plagiarism, (stealing someone else’s ideas and claiming them to be your own) is considered as cheating and can lead to suspension or expulsion. Using someone else’s ideas in written work is permitted as long as you give the originator of the idea their due credit through proper citation.

To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, go to