Congratulations on your acceptance into the WCU Intensive English Program!
Below you'll find a list of the next steps you'll need to take.
We look forward to meeting you soon.
Prepare for your first semester by taking the Next Steps below. These are things that you must do before arriving on campus.
Questions? Contact our Admissions Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students at WCU have a special e-mail address that looks like this email@example.com. This e-mail is very important. It is the only e-mail address that WCU offices and
the Intensive English Program will use to contact you.
WCU sent activation information to the e-mail address on your IEP application. Follow these activation instructions and claim your official student e-mail!
If you did not receive this message from WCU IT, contact our Admissions Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org for asistance.
Pay before the Semester begins!
Simplify your semester. Pay before you arrive in the USA.
Contact our office at email@example.com. We will send payment instructions that show you how to pay with credit card or by international wire transfer.
Pay the first week of classes.
If you do not pay in advance, all money is due when you arrive on campus.
Bring your scholarship letter, a credit card (Mastercard / Visa), OR a cashier’s check (made out to Western Carolina University, drawn on a US bank) with you on the plane. You will need this when you arrive on campus.
No refunds are issued following registration.
If you have a scholarship letter, it must be valid for Western Carolina University and it must expire on one of the dates below.
It is strongly recommended that students make housing plans as early as possible.
There are two types of housing available for IEP students:
Students Under 21 years old - While a student in the IEP, you may choose to live off campus. If you are under 21 when you complete the IEP, however, you must follow WCU policy. WCU requires students under 21 years of age to live in residence halls on campus.
Students attending Western Carolina University are required to have medical insurance. We recommend that you buy insurance BEFORE you fly to the USA.
If you do not have health insurance you are required to buy insurance. Contact the IEP at firstname.lastname@example.org to request insurance. The insurance cost will be added to your student bill from WCU. The insurance company will e-mail you proof of insurance. For information about cost and the GeoBlue health insurance plan, please contact us at email@example.com.
If you already have health insurance that is valid in the USA, email proof of insurance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a SACM scholarship student, you need to send a copy of your current scholarship letter to email@example.com.
IMPORTANT: Students will be AUTOMATICALLY SIGNED UP for health insurance each semester by the WCU IEP if proof of insurance is not provided before the first day of classes.
North Carolina State Law requires anyone attending classes on the university campus to present a certificate of immunization. This certificate must show proof of all required immunizations.
Students with Translated Immunization Records
These forms must be officially translated into English and you can e-mail your records to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring them with you to the airport. WCU Student Health Services will review your records and let you know if they meet the requirements. Download an immunization report form and view all listed requirements here.
Students without Translated Immunization Records
You will be required to receive immunizations from WCU Health Services after you arrive. The cost of these shots will be billed to your student account. Please contact our office at email@example.com for cost estimates.
These are things we recommend you bring with you to the USA. Questions? Contact our office. We are happy to help!
Bring these items with you on the plane. Have these items with you at the Port of
HELPFUL HINT - Make things easy! Pay before you come to the USA. Contact us to find out how to pay with international wire transfer.
REMEMBER: It is very important to put your name and address on the outside AND on the inside of your luggage in case the outside tags fall off.
Put two addresses on your luggage:
Below is the address for our office. Make sure you include the phone number too! If your bag is lost because of flight changes or delays, it is easier for the airline to find your bag and deliver it to you. You can print and cut out the information below to use it for your trip.
Your USA Destination Address:
Western Carolina University
Intensive English Program
109 Cordelia Camp
Cullowhee, NC 28723
New students should arrive at the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) on the days below. Please click the appropriate link to tell us your flight information. Read the information carefully.
IMPORTANT: Students must arrive at the Asheville Airport on the designated days.
Contact our office if you have questions about arrival.
Students who arrive early may stay at one of the hotels listed on the arrival information form. Individuals staying at one of the listed hotels will be picked-up by our office on the designated arrival date.
Students SHOULD NOT arrive late. Anyone who arrives after the designated pick-up date is responsible for finding their own transportation to WCU's campus from the airport. Taxi rides from the airport to campus are very expensive, and you should expect to pay at least $125+ USD.
Students in our program come from all over the world. This is where students in the Spring 2019 semester are from. We can't wait to add your country to the map soon!