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International Students

“An international student is defined as an individual who is enrolled for credit at an accredited higher education institution in the U.S. on a temporary visa, and who is not an immigrant (permanent resident with an I-51 or Green Card), or an undocumented immigrant, or a refugee." (UNESCO). 

At Carruth, we welcome students from diverse cultural backgrounds and we hope to assist you in your transition to WVU & U.S. and to connect you with resources. We also have bilingual counselors who can provide services in Chinese and Spanish.

Common Challenges

 In addition to problems domestic students may have also experienced in transition to college life, international students are further challenged by cultural, psychological, and social adaptation to a new culture. These challenges may include: 

Language Barrier

If English is not your primary language, it can be really challenging to not only speak but also think in English. Many international students struggle with fully understanding what others have said in daily conversations or in class. You may feel self-conscious about your accent. You may find yourself spending twice as much time reading your textbook as your peers. You may find it challenging to formulate answers in your mind when trying to speak up in class. 

These experiences are totally normal and commonly shared among international students. However, it can create a great deal of stress and impact on your academic and social life.

Academic Stress and Career Concerns

Many international students also experience mismatch in their academic expectations and the realities of university life in the U.S., resulting in disappointment and frustration. Other may struggle with adjusting to an interactive teaching style and a critical thinking approach to learning. 

Additionally, many international students struggle with uncertainty regarding their major. Others are concerned about not being able to find internship experiences. Many also feel torn about staying versus going back to their home country upon graduation. 

Limited Social Support

Being so far away from home can be really challenging. Many international students experience homesickness and a lack of reliable social support. Some international students may experience difficulty establishing a new social network in a new environment due to unfamiliarity with social norms and language difficulty, leading to feeling of loneliness and a sense of isolation. 

In addition, many international students experience discrimination and microaggression, making it hard to feel safe and welcomed in a new environment. 

Practical/Lifestyle Challenges

Many international students experience financial difficulties, greater tuition fees, and transportation issues. Living in a smaller city like Morgantown can make it hard to find restaurants for authentic food.

Cultural Adjustment Tips

  • Learn about the U.S. holidays, practices, and social customs.
  • Spend time in conversation with students and others from the U.S.
  • Use the media – TV, movies, music, newspapers, Internet, etc. – to learn all that you can about local and national news, events, and culture.
  • When uncertain about the appropriate behavior, language, etc. in a given situation, check with others.
  • Find someone with whom you feel comfortable to serve as your “culture coach.”

Cultural Adjustment Resources

International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)

ISSS offers various cross-cultural programs and activities in which you can be involved. This includes Fitting in to the U.S. Culture workshops, Mentoring Program, Alumni Program, and Friends of International Students & Scholars. For more details, please visit their website, call them at 304-293-3519 or email them at  isss-students@mail.wvu.edu.

Academic Success Tips

  • Discuss educational norms with fellow students, academic advisors, and teachers.
  • Be aware of your academic rights and policies of academic penalties for failure to meet academic requirements and for academic honesty (for details, please visit the Student Catalog ).
  • Take notes in class.
  • Talk to your TA or the instructor after class, during their office hours, or schedule an appointment.
  • Seek guidance from your academic advisor.
  • Seek an academic mentor.
  • Find a study group.

Academic Success Resources

Student Success

The Student Success office provides one-on-one coaching, tutoring, and seminars on academic strategies. Tutoring services are available at Downtown Library ARC, Evansdale Library ARC, and Bennett Tower ARC for different subjects, such as chemistry, math, physics and statistics. The writing studio provides one-on-one consultation for different academic skills, such as note-taking, pre-writing to revision strategies, editing, and effective presentation techniques. 

MindFit at Carruth Center

MindFit Academic Enhancement offers comprehensive academic support services to students who learn differently. We provide semester-long academic coaching & mentoring, content- specific tutoring, and weekly support meetings to students with attention or learning difficulties. 

MindFit also offers Learning Disorders (LD)/Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) Testing

MindFit Cognitive Enhancement integrates cognitive training and neurofeedback to help students to help students with ADHD strengthen their attention, focus, memory, and motivation, without the need for medication.

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)

The OAS works with students with temporary or permanent disabilities at WVU. Specialists work individually with students to help them achieve academic success.

Career Success Tips

  • Explore your career interests and values as early as possible.
  • Obtain as much information as possible regarding your major and associated career outlook in the U.S. and back home.
  • Start early and be strategic by knowing CPT regulations and process – talk to staff at the ISSS.
  • Find your career mentor in the U.S. and back home.
  • Extracurricular activities can help build your resume.

Career Success Resources

Career Services Center

The Career Services Center may be able to help you with the following:

  • How to choose a major
  • Explore career options
  • Meet with a career development specialist
  • Build your resume
  • Review resume, cover letter, and personal statement
  • Networking
  • Job search strategy
  • Graduate school advising
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Career fairs and events

International Employee Friendly Employers

GoinGlobal is an online tool with an H-1B Info section where international students can search for US employers who have sponsored for H-1B employment visas. 

myvisajobs.com is another resource to see which employers have petitioned for H-1Bs in the past. This site also shows employers who have sponsored for Permanent Residency (Green Card).

US Department of Labor H-1B Data : The US Department of Labor Office of Foreign Labor Certification generates annual reports on labor certifications, which is a core part of the H-1B and Permanent Residency application process. Report examples include top occupations for H-1B by state, top 10 employers sponsoring for H-1B and top occupation areas for permanent residency applications.

Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services

The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services provides consultation as well as group and individual counseling services. Students can drop in any weekday from 8:15 to 3:00 or call to schedule an appointment.  

International Student Support Group

A weekly confidential group aimed at creating a safe and supportive space where you can explore your experiences as an international student at WVU. In this group, you will:

  • Share experiences as an international student, including challenges, growths, and celebrations
  • Receive and provide support, understanding, and suggestions from and to other international students
  • Explore ways to cope with stress, learn new information, and expand worldviews  
The group usually has between eight and ten members.  Please contact us to see if the group is currently offered.  

Cultural Hacks

A series of workshops for international students regarding how to best adjust to the academic and social life at WVU and in the U.S. Please contact us to see when and where they are offered during the semester. Topics include:

  • What cultural adjustment looks like
  • Cultural norms in the U.S. 
  • Possible challenges of adjusting to the U.S. 
  • What to expect studying at WVU
  • Tips for academic, social, and emotional success 
  • How to manage stress 
  • Resources on campus and in Morgantown 
  • What the university counseling center has to offer 

Other Resources

Transportation

Mountain Line Transit Authority

Financial Support

International Student Scholarships

https://financialaid.wvu.edu/home/scholarships/international

https://isss.wvu.edu/students/scholarships

International Students Emergency Fund

The International Students Emergency Fund is reserved for currently enrolled students who experience a true emergency causing a financial hardship.

Legal Support

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services  provides services to all students with legal issues including, but not limited to, the following areas of law: leases, contracts, landlord/tenant issues, consumer issues, notary services, insurance matters, wills and powers of attorney, debt collection, expungement of criminal records, employment grievances, family law and domestic matters, and general civil matters.

Food Pantries

The Rack  

62 Mountainlair or call (304) 293-4397 

Canyon Presbyterian Church
304-594-2143 
Location: 766 Canyon Road, In Basement
Hours: Monday 10am-1pm
Eligibility: Once Every 6-8 weeks

Catholic Charities

Location: 827 Fairmont Road Suite 203, Westover
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm
Eligibility: Once a Month

Christian Help, Inc.
Location: 219 Walnut St., Morgantown
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm & Friday 9am-2pm
Eligibility: Once every 2 months

Getting Involved

Event Calendar

Interested in exploring what is going on campus and how you can get involved? Please take a look at the event calendar to see if there are events you would like to attend.

Student Organizations

Interested in exploring student organizations on campus? Please explore the diverse student organizations WVU has to offer, including different student organizations for majors/colleges, cultural/international groups, religious groups, services groups, and groups for sports and recreation. 

Cultural Student Organizations

Religious Student Organizations

Baptist Campus Ministry

Tim Gray

432 High Street, Morgantown WV 26505

Phone: 304-292-3323

gray@wvbc.org

 

Campus Crusade for Christ

Corey Friend

179 Fayette Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

corey.friend@cru.org

 

Campus Light Ministries

PO Box 449, Morgantown, WV 26507-0449

Faculty Advisor: Shan Hileman

304-293-1502

shileman@hsc.wvu.edu

 

Canterbury Christian Fellowship

Jason Bechinski, College Chaplain

247 Willey Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-541-7190

jbeschinksi@diocese.org

 

Chabad of Morgantown

Rabbi Zalman & Hindy Gurevitz

424 Brockway Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26501

304-599-1515

 

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship

Rusty Trubey 

Lutheran Student Center

497 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505

rusty@wvuxa.com

 

Christian Student Fellowship

Gary Gross

2901 University Avenue, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505

304-599-4445

gary.gross@csfwvu.org/

 

College Church

Jeremy Andrews

308 Elmhurst Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-599-4549

jandrews@cmachurch.net

 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Amy Wagner

Campus Director

PO Box 202, Dellslow, WV 26531

awagner@fca.org

 

West Virginia University Hillel

Deva and Heidi Solomon

1420 University Avenue, Morgantown WV 26505

Phone: Deva 304-685-3180

Phone: Heidi 304-685-5009

deva.solomon@gmail.com

heidi.solomon@mac.com

 

Global Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

293 Willey Street, Morgantown, WV 26508

304-376-7298

 

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Karla Myers

293 Willey Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-376-7297

k.jmyers@yahoo.com

 

United Methodist Student Movement WVU

Cindy Stackpole

The Quad

503 North High Street, Morgantown WV 26505

Phone: 304-594-6066

wvumethodist@gmail.com

 

Latter Day Saints Student

Association

Jeff Skousen

596 Willey Street, Morgantown WV 26505

Phone: 304-293-6256 ext. 4326

jskousen@wvu.edu

 

Lutheran Student Movement

Matthew Riegel

1497 University Avenue

304-296-5388

Chaplain@LutheranMountaineer.org

 

Reformed University Outreach at WVU

Luke Josiah Walkup

ruowv@yahoo.com

 

Mountaineer Campus Ministry

Michel Boyer

The Quad

503 High Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

Phone: 304-680-3233

michel@wvumcm.org

 

Mountaineers for Christ

2923 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26504

304-599-6151

lc20randolph@hotmail.com

 

Muslim Student Association

P.O. Box 6444, Morgantown WV 26506

Phone: 304-293-8654

asadkhanmd@yahoo.com

 

Newman Club

1481 University Avenue, Morgantown WV 26505

Phone: 304-296-8231

wvnewman@gmail.com

 

Presbyterian Student Fellowship, WVU

Shelly Barrick Parsons

293 Willey Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

Phone: 304-292-4061

http://psfwvu.blogspot.com

shellybp@gmail.com

 

Orthodox Christian Fellowship of WVU

Fr. Matthew Stagon

447 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-777-9402

frstagon@yahoo.com

 

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

447 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-292-9048

 

First Baptist Church

432 High Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-292-3323

gray@wvbc.org

 

First Presbyterian Church

456 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 296-8236

presby@westco.net

 

Islamic Center of Morgantown

441 Harding Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-598-7396

 

Spruce Street United Methodist

386 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-292-3359

 

St. John's University Parish

1481 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-296-8231

 

St. Paul Lutheran Church

309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 599-0620

 

Suncrest United Methodist Church

479 Van Voorhis Road, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 599-6306

 

The Christian & Missionary Alliance Church

308 Elmhurst Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 288-4995 or 293-6695

 

Tree of Life Congregation

242 S High Street, Morgantown, WV 26501

(304) 292-7029

 

Trinity Episcopal Church

247 Willey Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-292-7364

 

Wesley United Methodist Church

503 High Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

304-292-9485

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