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International Student

WVU Potomac State College welcomes students from around the world. You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

How to Apply as an International Student

To apply to as an international student, please complete the following steps:

  1. Review the admissions requirements , English Language Proficiency requirements, and our application deadlines.
  2. Complete all of the information on the online application.

    View the Online Application
  3. Have the results of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores sent to Potomac State College.
  4. Send the following information to WVU Potomac State College:
    • Copies of all official academic records/transcripts in original language of issue (transcripts from U.S. institutions must be sent to WVU directly from the institutions).
    • English translations of academic record and certificates/diplomas.
    • Copies of all academic certificates or diplomas in original language of issue.
      • Note: Original or certified copies of official records/transcripts must be submitted after admission or upon arrival.
Af ter Admission

Submit a copy of your current passport or visa.

Provide a financial statement reflecting your ability to cover tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for one year at the College. In all cases, original or certified copies of financial/sponsorship documents must be submitted before the I-20 can be issued.

How to Submit Materials

All application materials should be submitted together at the same time, if possible. Any supporting material should be forwarded by mail or sent by FedEx to the following address:

Office of Enrollment Services
WVU Potomac State College
75 Arnold Street
Keyser, WV 26726

Please note: Documents received by Potomac State College, including original documents, become the property of WVU and cannot be returned to or copied for the applicant.

Applicants must submit all secondary school records as well as all university-level records. Transfer applicants should submit course descriptions or syllabi for all courses completed at the university level.

Admission Requirements for International Students

The following are the minimum admissions requirements for international students.


  • Must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency ( see English Proficiency).
  • We welcome applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration. We require a minimum of five subject passes, of which two must be English and Mathematics. The average of the grades must be at least a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale). A passing grade in the subject of English will be accepted as evidence of sufficient English ability.


  • Must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Must meet English Proficiency ( see English Proficiency).
  • In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours, must also meet first-time freshman admission standards and submit secondary school/high school transcripts.
  • Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from regionally accredited U.S. institutions.

English Language Proficiency Requirements (undergraduate levels only)

Generally applicants whose native language is not English must submit adequate (TOEFL) or (IELTS) results before an application can be considered for academic admission:

TOEFL Internet-Based = 61
Academic IELTS = 6.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic = 44
Duolingo English Test = 90
ACT English = 19
SAT Reading Test = 20

TOEFL results are not required for applicants who have received a high school diploma from a U.S. high school and have obtained the required minimum ACT or SAT test scores, or for those who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in the United States. In some cases, SAT Reading Test or ACT English scores may be used to meet English Proficiency.

A passing grade in the subject of English on the IGCSE or GCSE Certificates from Cambridge International will also be accepted for English Proficiency.

Applicants who have completed English composition courses at a U.S. institution, which WVU determines are equivalent to the WVU’s English 101 and 102 with a “B” average, are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. Many online English composition courses are not considered equivalent and will require review and approval from the English department.

Application Deadlines

For an applicant to be considered for admission and to be able to process immigration papers, all application materials and supporting documents must be received by these dates:

  • Fall semester – Apply by June 1. All academic documents must be received by July 1.
  • Spring semester – Apply by October 1. All academic documents must be received by November 1.

International Student Scholarships

WVU Potomac State College is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for international students studying on our Keyser campus.

World Education Services (WES)

To expedite the application process, it is strongly recommended that all transfer students who have attended post-secondary educational institutions, colleges or universities, outside the United States, use World Education Services (WES) to complete the required professional credential evaluation of all academic work completed. A “detailed” or “course –by- course” evaluation, including a calculated grade point average (GPA), and WES certified copies of official documents are required for all work completed in a country other than the United States.


If you have a question about the application process or requirements for international students, please email us at

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