Arriving at WCU


All newly arrived international students must attend the orientation coordinated by the Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) for the Fall and Spring Semesters. Immigration regulations require students to register their presence in the US within 30 days of the program start date listed on their immigration document (I-20/DS-2019). Registration takes place during orientation programs.

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If your program has an irregular start date and begins during the academic year, you may not be able to participate in the IPS orientation program. In that case, you must visit IPS in person before the 30-day deadline to register your immigration documents with our office.
The IPS Orientation was designed to provide new international students and exchange visitors with important information about immigration and visa regulations; to help international students acquaint themselves to the academic and cultural atmosphere at Western Carolina University (WCU) and
the surrounding communities/Asheville; to provide an opportunity to meet other new international students.


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Getting to WCU

Arrival Information

From meal plans and insurance, to driving and transportation tips, this information will ease your entry into everyday life at Western.

Housing and Dining Information


Student Health Insurance

All international students will be enrolled into the WCU health insurance program. Services will be available to all international students at the Health Services Center at the Bird Building.

Health Issues

IPS strives to facilitate the best care possible to each person who comes to WCU and to do so in a manner that is welcoming and respectful of everyone.

In addition to providing high quality health care, counseling, and prevention services, the WCU Health Center and WCU Counseling and Psychological Services provide their services in ways that are culturally competent and appropriate to the diversity at the Western Carolina University.

More health information:


What's On Campus?

What's Off Campus, but Nearby?

International Events

International Students are recommended to participate and present their home countries via food and cultural information.


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