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International Students

WCU is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant international students by the issuance of SEVIS I-20 Form as certification of eligibility for admission. The needs of students studying at WCU on an F-l visa are unique and require additional attention to meet their needs.  WCU recognizes that these students need more help than domestic students in adjusting to student life at WCU. Although the university does not operate dormitories, ample housing is available within the local community.

To comply with INS regulations, international students carrying the F-1 student visa must maintain a full-time load (at least 9 units for graduate program) during each quarter.

International students must complete the same admissions process as domestic freshman or transfer students. They must follow the following procedure:

  • Download an application.
  • Send in an application and all required documents and financial payment.
  • Be approved for their degree program.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support. Submit annual financial certification showing financial sponsorship for duration of planned study. Financial aid, with the exception of institutional talent schol20-arships, is not available for international students.
    Students submit Certificate of Bank Deposit in US dollars to cover 100% of basic costs of first academic year before the I-20 form is issued.
    Certificate of Bank Deposit (for the last 3 months, $20,000)
  • Once the international applicant is accepted, WCU will send various documents including the I-20 form. The new student including transfer student is required to pay $200.00 of I-20 initial processing fee before WCU processes I-20(Paid to USCIS).
  • Receive an I-20.
  • Receive an F-1 visa to attend as a non-immigrant international student.
  • Arrive approximately within 30 days of when the semester begins.
    (It is mandatory that you make an appointment and visit the Dean of Academic Affairs and SEVIS officer)
  • Receive counseling regarding their studies in the United States, and an updated I-20, indicating their registration and attendance.
  • Update any information changes:
    New address
    Spouse or children information
    New child
    Legal employment needs
    CPT, OPT, or OCE
    Change of employment
    Marital status
    Traveling in and out of the U.S.A.
    Transferring out of WCU
    Change of status

Approval for the I-20 is granted after a student has met all the necessary financial and academic requirements and has provided proof of return following graduation. Students desiring the I-20 should contact WCU and request a special I-20 admissions packet



Documents Information

I-20 Copies

Please provide a copy of your most recent Form I-20 to include pages 1 and 2. If the applicant is currently on OPT, please submit the OPT Form I-20 issued from your previous institution.

Copy of Passport

passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country's government to its citizens, that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder primarily for the purpose of international travel.  Standard passports may contain information such as the holder's name, place and date of birth, photograph, signature, and other relevant identifying information.

Financial Capability

Before a U.S. consul will grant a visa, you must prove that you will have sufficient money to meet all your expenses while studying in the United States. You must explain the source of your funds and guarantee that you will receive them while at the University. Unless you are able to provide written evidence demonstrating you have adequate financial resources for the entire time needed to complete your degree program, the consul will not grant a student visa.

Applicants must be able to provide bank statements, business accounts, or a certified statement by a bank or acceptable official agency to show proof of available funds to cover all expenses while in attendance at the University.

If applicants do not meet the minimum financial requirement, then an applicant can submit a sponsor’s bank statement, Affidavit of Support, and Government-Issued photo identification

Please note on the Affidavit of Support form, Item C must include one of the following:

  • BCCS/BABA: $1,100.00
  • MA: $1,163.00

Applicants may combine sources of income such as personal bank statements, Affidavit of Support, or business accounts. Immigration laws only permit employment in special cases and only on a part-time basis.

For each dependent the applicant has, s/he must add an additional $2,000 per dependent (if applying from outside the U.S. or filing for F-1 Change of Status).

For example, if a student is applying to the MBA program from outside the U.S and is coming alone with NO dependents, they must reflect a minimum of $13,950. If they have ONE dependent, they must reflect a minimum of $15,950.

Recap of Financial Capability Minimums:

Undergraduate: $13,200

  • Transfer: $1,000 per dependent
  • COS and Initial: $2,000 per dependent

Graduate: $13,950

  • Transfer: $1,000 per dependent
  • COS and Initial: $2,000 per dependent
I-94 or I-797 Copies(Indicating Change of Status Approval)

The Form I-94 indicates the arrival departure record for a student’s F-1.
The Form I-797 Notice of Action indicates that the applicant changed status to his or her present visa.

Provide a copy of I-94 Card (front and back). For those students who arrived to the U.S. after April 2013, the I-94 is only available through the U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal for retrieving I-94 Admission number.

Digital I-94 can be obtained by going to:
Instructions on how to retrieve the I-94 online can be found at:


Submit a copy of the most updated visa. The visa can be expired or, if you changed your status while in the U.S., it can reflect a different status (ex: F-1/F2, B-1/B-2)

English Proficiency

WCU requires writing skills at the appropriate level. Proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English is essential to a student’s success at WCU. If English is not the applicant’s native language, or if an applicant has not had his/her secondary education taught in English, s/he will be required to provide proof of English Proficiency. Since classes are taught in English, an applicant must demonstrate his/her ability to read, write and speak English.

Applicants can demonstrate proof of English Proficiency by providing one of the following:

  1. A passing TOEFL PBT/IBT, IELTS, ACT Compass, Eiken English Proficiency Exam score. View theEnglish Proficiency PDF for more information.
  2. High School Diploma. For undergraduate applicants only, provide evidence of a high school diploma completed at an appropriately accredited / recognized high school (where the medium of instruction is English).
  3. Completed 24 credit hours in English. For undergraduate or graduate degree applicants, provide a transcript indicating completion of at least 24 semester, or 36 quarter hours of credit from an appropriately accredited institution where the language of instruction was English with an average grade of “C” or higher or “B” or higher, respectively. Units from English language training institutions do not count towards this requirement.
  4. Completed Degree from a U.S. Institution. Provide a transcript indicating completion of degree from an appropriately accredited college or university.

A transcript is a detailed record of your marks or grades that has been generated by your current or former university. Usually this will be a document, either on paper or online, with a list or table of the individual modules, papers or courses you have completed with a numerical and/or letter grade against each. It may also give an overall grade for your qualification.


diploma is a certificate or deed issued by an educational institution, such as college or university, that testifies that the recipient has successfully completed a particular course of study. The word diploma also refers to an academic award which is given after the completion of study in different courses such as diploma in higher education, diploma in graduation or diploma in post graduation etc. Historically, it can also refer to a charter or official document