West Virginia Wesleyan has a long tradition of attracting international students.
Founded in 1890, Wesleyan is one of 227 national liberal arts colleges. Over 40 programs of study are offered and the student faculty ratio is 13:1. Wesleyan’s faculty and staff offer personal attention from the admissions and financial aid process to life beyond graduation. In order to help you understand the services available to international students, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
HOW MANY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED AT WESLEYAN?
West Virginia Wesleyan has 1,400 students from 35 states and 17 countries. We have 72 international students enrolled this year from the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Napal, Northern Ireland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, The United Kingdom, and Venezuela.
WHAT STUDENT SERVICES ARE OFFERED TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
Wesleyan has an International Student Advisor who assists students with questions about visas and College policies. Each student has an academic advisor to assist with the scheduling of classes and academic program selections. Personal attention endures at Wesleyan.
IS THERE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION?
The International Student Organization (ISO) is an active student organization that has members from both the United States and foreign countries. The ISO plans cultural events, on-campus and off- campus social events, recreation trips, shopping trips and educational trips throughout the academic year. In the past, international students have given a variety of presentations about their respective countries to elementary school children near the Wesleyan campus.
DOES WESLEYAN PROVIDE HOUSING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
Wesleyan is a residential campus and nearly 95 percent of all students live on campus. Housing is guaranteed for all years of study at Wesleyan. Most residence hall rooms are double occupancy and many international students live with American students. The College also offers single occupancy units and on-campus suites and apartments. Aladdin Food Service offers Wesleyan students a variety of meal plan options.
WHAT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO BUCKHANNON?
International students can fly to the North Central West Virginia Airport (Clarksburg-Bridgeport – CKB) from Washington D.C. (Dullus Int. – AID). Transportation is provided to and from Clarksburg on official college breaks for a minimal fee. Wesleyan is 4.5 hours from Washington, D.C. and 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh, PA (Pittsburgh Int. – PIT).
DOES WESLEYAN OFFER ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE COURSE?
West Virginia Wesleyan places a high value on both written and spoken communication. Students from abroad whose native language is not English are expected to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English sufficient to prepare reading assignments, complete written assignments, and engage freely in classroom discussions. The level of proficiency is normally determined by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students whose English language skills are not yet adequate are required to enroll in the College’s English as a Second Language program and continue enrollment either for one semester or one year. The exact length of time will be determined by Wesleyan’s ESL instructional staff.
International students with a TOEFL IBT score of 100 or above are considered sufficiently proficient to pursue a full course of studies. No ESL instruction is required; however, those desiring additional practice in spoken or written English may consult with the ESL staff and with its approval, elect certain courses.
International students with a TOEFL IBT score between 61 and 100 will be evaluated by the ESL instructional staff and may be required to enroll in all or part of the program if their current level of proficiency would hinder classroom progress.
International students with a TOEFL IBT score of below 61 will be REQUIRED to enroll in Wesleyan’s ESL program for the initial semester at the College. At the conclusion of the initial semester, the ESL instructional staff will evaluate students’ progress and determine whether an additional semester of ESL instruction is required.
Students required to enroll in the English as a Second Language program typically earn six credit hours per semester. A maximum of twelve credit hours of ESL instruction may be applied toward an undergraduate degree; graduate students who are required to take ESL instruction will earn undergraduate credit.
Each ESL course normally meets three hours per week. In addition, students meet with student tutors who assist in English language instruction and other academic work. Because of the intensive nature of the program and the small size of classes, there is a fee of $150 per credit hour above and beyond regular tuition.
WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?
All international students must complete an online application. In addition, official high school or secondary school transcripts in English and official test scores must be mailed separately. If English is not the primary language, the TOEFL is required. If English is the primary language the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required. The Office of Admissions makes admission decisions on a rolling basis.
WHAT SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID ARE AVAILABLE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
The maximum amount of gift aid available is $18,000 per year. Academic credentials and financial need determine the amount of the International Student Grant. All international students must be able to pay a minimum of $20,000 each year to enroll at Wesleyan.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS TO ATTEND WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN?
The 2017-2018 direct costs are as follows:
Board (14 meal plan): $4,314
Room (double occupancy): $4,122
International Student Insurance: $1,200
Total Direct Costs: $40,388
In addition, students will need approximately $4,000 per year to cover books, travel, and personal expenses.
Note: The International Student Insurance fee is the same whether the student is coming for a semester or a full year.