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Getting Started

An international experience is a rewarding and enriching part of anyone's college experience. 
This section is designed to help simplify and clarify the steps needed to enjoy a study abroad experience. WVU employs an online application system for study abroad programs to help streamline and simplify the process for students.

Step 1: Education Abroad info session

Study Abroad Information Sessions are an excellent way to get an overview of the types of programs and locations available for an international experience. These hour-long sessions are offered weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, so find a time that works best for you!

Step 2: Find a program

Using the Program Search, you can browse programs by location, duration, program type, and field of study. With hundreds of options available each year, you're certain to find a program that works for you.

Step 3: Meet with a coordinator

Education abroad coordinators are available to answer any questions that you may have, and to help guide you through the study abroad process. They can help you in find a program that best fits your goals and academic needs, assist you with the application process and offer advice for travel and your time abroad.

Step 4: How will I pay?

The most common concern about an international experience is whether or not you can afford it. By clicking the link above you can browse resources and learn more about financing your study abroad. There are many different options for study abroad programs that range in duration and costs. Also, by working with your study abroad coordinator and the WVU Financial Aid Office you can discover what sources are available.

Step 5: The application process

Once you’re confident about a program, it’s time to apply!  Follow the “Apply Now” link on the selected program brochure page to create a profile and start on your application.  Be sure to read each part carefully, and only sign the Program Enrollment Contract and Withdrawal Procedures if you’re committed to participating in the program. 

Step 6: Pre-departure session

Pre-departure sessions are scheduled each semester for WVU Exchange participants or by group for each faculty-led program. These sessions offer advice on safety, security, travel tips, information on your location, and any information specific to your program.

Step 7: While you're away

We recommend that you stay in touch during your study abroad experience! Letting your family and friends know that you are well during your time abroad will help make the experience more enjoyable for them, as well as yourself.  For travel advice, assistance, or emergencies, please call 1(215)942-8478.

You can also stay in touch with us via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Step 8: Upon your return...

The link above offers advice on readjusting upon your return. It also offers instructions for transferring your foreign credits, and ways to stay involved with international life at WVU!