Office of International Programs and Services

Admitted Students

Welcome to Western Carolina University

As an International Student, the links below will provide you with valuable resources as you study with us here.

You'll want to be sure to attend our three day International Orientation, as this is where you will receive an up-to-date checklist of any remaining documents or processes you may need to complete. For details on transportation to campus, housing, meal plans and other pertinent information please explore the "Arriving at Western" link below. Additional information on Optional Practical Traning and Curricular Practical Traning is available for F-1 visa students.

Note: We do require all new International Students to arrive on-campus approximately one week prior to classes starting. This is so you will have ample time to attend orientation, get settled in your new home and discover the community here in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

International Student Orientation 
Our 3-day International Orientation to make your adjustment to the WCU campus as easy as possible. Explore the details.
Insurance Requirements
U.S. Government regulations require International Students to have sufficient medical insurance to study in the United States.
Optional Practical Training 
Work in a job directly related to your field of study. F-1 students can participate during or after the semester.
Arriving at Western 
From meal plans and insurance to housing and transportation information, these tips will help ease your entry into life here at Western Carolina.
Visa Resources 
Whether you're studying with us on an F-1 or J-1 Visa we have information of how to maintain, reinstate, find employment and extend your visa.
Curricular Practical Training 
Available for F-1 Students; gain work experience as a part of your course curriculum on a semester basis.
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