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New Students

Greetings from International Students and Scholars Services at West Virginia University (WVU)! We are delighted that you have chosen to attend WVU. No doubt you have made a great choice.

Take some time to review the information provided below. The information addresses the most frequently asked questions, and will save you lots of time and effort as you plan your transition to WVU.

Please stay connected by becoming a fan of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) Facebook Page where you can meet new and old international students engaged in discussions. It’s a great way to make friends and ask questions before you arrive on campus.

We encourage you to spend time navigating our website. The website contains important information designed to help you maintain your immigration status and adjust to your new home in Morgantown. Now is a good time for you to become familiar with our website before you arrive.

We are looking forward to seeing you here in Morgantown! Please allow us to join the other offices on campus in congratulating you on your acceptance to the Mountaineer family!

Diana Abraham     
Program Coordinator  
International Students and Scholars Services

International Students and Scholars Services

In addition to organizing check-in and orientation for new WVU international students, we provide advising and assistance with:

  • Immigration regulations and paperwork
  • Social and cultural adjustment
  • Personal concerns

Please be aware that the check-in and orientation process involves multiple mandatory steps including orientation, placement tests if applicable, and course registration. On average it takes 3-5 days to complete the process. Please make your plans accordingly. Your first stop on campus should be Purinton House Room 101 so that we can check you in, activate your SEVIS record as required by immigration regulations, and help you get started.


International student check-in will be held in Purinton House  Monday through Friday, between 8.15 am and 4.45 pm.

Note: It is required that you complete check-in first, before attending orientation. Check-in is mandatory as it serves to validate your SEVIS record as well as registration for international orientation.


International student orientation will be held August 8 through 11, 2017 between 7.30 a.m. – 6.30 pm. Undergraduate students with residence hall assignments are permitted to move in to their residence halls on August 6 and 7 between 8.005 am to 4.00 pm. 

A tentative orientation schedule is available at in due course. We kindly request that you familiarize yourself with the orientation schedule, and plan other meetings around it.

Please note, there is no official orientation program in the summer semesters.

Intensive English Program (IEP) students are not required to attend this orientation session. They will have alternate orientation dates communicated through the IEP.