International Student Admissions
West Virginia Wesleyan has a long tradition of attracting international students.
Founded in 1890, Wesleyan is one of 228 national liberal arts colleges. Over 40 programs of study are offered and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wesleyan’s faculty and staff offer personal attention from the admissions and financial aid process to life beyond graduation. In fall of 2023, the College welcomed the largest freshman international cohort in 20 years. 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 1,050 students from 36 states and 21 countries. We have recently enrolled international students from the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal, 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.
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. (Dulles 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).
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 90 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.
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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) or ACT is required. The Office of Admissions makes admission decisions on a rolling basis.
WHAT SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID ARE AVAILABLE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
International students can receive scholarships for academics (13000-18000 yearly) and talent awards. Limited grants may be available.
Talent Scholarships in the arts, athletics, community service, and Esports can all be received by International Students and will be added to their aid packages if eligible.
Academic credentials and financial need determine the amount of the International Student Grant. All international students must be able to pay a minimum of $25,000 each year to enroll at Wesleyan.
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 99 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 an off-campus summer ESL program prior to enrolling 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 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 $200 per credit hour above and beyond regular tuition.
What are the costs for an international student to attend West Virginia Wesleyan?
International Students are required to hold health insurance. Insurance information is provided here:
The 2023-2024 Total Direct Costs Are:
2023-2024 Total Direct Costs
|Room (Standard Double Occupancy):||$5,364|
|Board (15 meal plan or Unlimited):||$5,616|
|Student Activity Fee||$100|
International Insurance: $1,600*
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.