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Prospective Students

Admission to West Virginia University

If you are considering enrolling at WVU, either as a new or a transfer student, you will need to contact International Admissions. If you are currently an international student at another school in the United States, you will need to submit a Transfer in Form to International Admissions.

Visa Information

When you receive your notification of acceptance to West Virginia University, the next step is to apply for a visa. You will need to have a WVU issued I-20 or DS-2019 to make your consular appointment for your visa. In order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 you will need to submit the following items through an online application link to International Students and Scholars Services.

Upon receiving your admission letter by email, please follow the instructions detailed in your admission letter to submit the following information:

  • The biodata page of your valid passport (colored copies preferred for clarity)
  • English translated financial documents such as savings, checking, short term deposits or long term deposits with no withdrawal restrictions, third party financial guarantees, institutional funding such as graduate assistantships or scholarships. The documents should contain account holder information, and currency. They should be certified and stamped by a bank official and show your ability to meet at least one year (12 months) of study in the U.S. Financial documents should be no more than 6 months old. If funding yourself or being funded by parents or relatives, a signed/notarized affidavit of support is required from your sponsor(s). The WVU affidavit of support will be provided for you to download in the online I-20 application link.
  • Your foreign/home country address which is required to be printed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Current address where you want your I-20 or DS-2019 mailed to (if different from above) along with a current telephone number

Your attachments should be in PDF version. Other versions may be deemed suspicious and not be opened. Your documents will be reviewed, once they are received. If they meet our requirements, an I-20/DS-2019 will be issued and sent via FedEx, UPS, or DHL to the mailing address you submitted.

It’s important to submit a mailing address which will not be changing in at least 2-3 months. Submitting an incomplete application, non English translated or illegible documents will delay the review of your documents and I-20/DS-2019 processing.

Your official admission letter along with your I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to you in approximately two (2) weeks from the date all of the required documentation is received by International Students and Scholars Services. Your application will be queued for processing ONLY if you have provided all the required documents outlined above.

Information about U.S. consulate policies, procedures, and requirements can be obtained from the U.S. Department of State.

West Virginia University E-mail

We recommend that you activate your WVU mix email account prior to your arrival using your Username and password.

For a tutorial video and assistance please visit

International Students and Scholars Services Resources

Stay connected! There are several new international students going through the exact same experience like you. They too have mixed emotions; excitement, nervousness, fear, and apprehension.

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 before you arrive on campus.