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International Student and Scholar Services

Welcome to the Office of International Programs and Services. This page links to various other pages that provide detailed information on the programs and services offered to WCU international students, exchange visitors and scholars, whether new, currently enrolled, or alumni. It is our goal to provide you with friendly and effective service. 
Office Hours:  Monday-Friday -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for holidays.   
Location:  109 Camp Building / 69 East University Way 
Contact: Current mailing address:
Office of International Programs and Services
109 Cordelia Camp Bldg., 69 East University Way,
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC  28723 USA.

Telephone: 1-828-227-7494. 
FAX:  1-828-227-7080.

Appointments: Please make an appointment via email, telephone, or in person. We recommend that you first email IPS with your needs, as you may find that an appointment is not necessary for many issues.

You may email us at: 



Up-to-Date Checklist for International and Exchange Students recently admitted as an undergraduate, transfer and graduate student

In order to complete processing admission procedures, all vital documents that you need to return to this division of the Office of International Programs and Services (IPS) must be returned in a timely manner to begin your studies at WCU.

All new international and exchange students to WCU must participate in an orientation program prior to each semester? 

IPS has designed a 4-5 day-long orientation to make your adjustment to the WCU campus as easy as possible. IPS requires that all new students arrive on campus approximately one (1) week prior to classes starting, both to attend this orientation and to have sufficient time to adjust to your new home and community here in Cullowhee, NC.

 Other Useful Forms and Links:

Release of Information:

Prospective Exchange Student Information

Exchange Students

Related Information
For Incoming International and Exchange Students

List of Hotels/Hostels (in Western North Carolina)

Main Home Page for
Intensive English Program

Kendall King Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the K. King Scholarship is to provide financial support to international students in need. Undergraduate and Graduate International Students are eligible for the award. Requirements include:

a) must be a full-time student
b) must be a degree-seeking student
c) cannot receive funding if on exchange to WCU (possible exceptions)

Contact for more information
Kendall King application - return to the IPS Office


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