All newly arrived international students must attend the orientation programs 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.
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.
Orientation programs are designed to provide students with important information about immigration and visa regulations and IPS services. The orientation program also helps acquaint international students to the educational and cultural atmosphere at Western Carolina University and the surrounding communities/Asheville, and provide an opportunity to meet other new international students.
Getting to WCU
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
- Information for recently accepted students - how to register for an on-campus room
- Frequently asked questions about housing
- Residence Halls
- Meal Plans and Dining Services
- Cat Card (send passport style photo with application for ID card)
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.
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:
- "Jet Lag and Melatonin: Timing is Everything"
- U.S. Center for Disease Control - Up to date travelers health information; region and disease specific.
- World Health Organization - Thorough vaccination requirements and health advice.
- Stay Active, Stay Healthy - Join Base Camp Cullowhee!
What's On Campus?
What's Off Campus, but Nearby?
International Students are recommended to participate and present their home countries via food and cultural information.