FALL 2014 
Mandatory Orientation
August 13-17, 2014

Fall Classes begin on
August 18, 2014


INFORM IPS ABOUT YOUR ARRIVAL / FLIGHT DETAILS 



Note to All New
International
and Exchange
Students and
IEP Participants


Orientation Fee:
$130*

This fee is mandatory for all new international students -- exchange, degree-seeking or IEP participants -- to WCU.

Special Fee:
$150*

Starting in fall 2013 all international students -- exchange, degree-seeking or IEP participants -- will be charged upon arrival a $150 special fee to assistin covering (2) trips to and from the Asheville Regional Airport,promotional materials, medical and/or dental trips, gift bags, etc.

*Note that ISEP exchange students will not be charged for either the orientation fee or the special fee.

All international students who continue their studies at WCU will be charged the same $150 fee for each succeeding fall semester.
Students who arrive at WCU for spring semester (January) or summer semester (June or July) will be charged the same fee upon arrival.



 
New International and Exchange Student Orientation



( This page was revised on 04/28/2014 )

Currently, WCU hosts international and exchange students as well as international scholars and faculty from over 30 countries. You and all new international and exchange students participating in orientation activities should recognize that you are now part of the WCU community. Your presence enriches the environment and overall diversity on the WCU campus.

IPS conducts orientation to provide important information about the University, its academic system, its campus facilities and residential living, its immigration and visa regulations, as well as other vital support services. IPS offers a thorough explanation about the educational and cultural atmosphere at WCU and the surrounding commmunities of Cullowhee and Sylva, while also providing an opportunity for you all to meet and to create relationships with continuing WCU students, faculty and staff.

U.S. immigration regulations require that you and all international students and exchange visitors register your presence in the US within 30 days of the program start date listed on your individual immigration document (that is, I-20/DS-2019). SEVIS Registration takes place during the orientation.



INTERNATIONAL and
EXCHANGE STUDENT
ADMISSIONS TO WCU 

The information  provided below is set aside for International Degree-Seeking Students and Non-Degree-Seeking Exchange Students (i.e. WCU Bilateral Partners, ISEP and UNCEP) 

Once you have completed your application for admission to WCU, please send the completed form with other required documents ( see below to be returned ) to the DSO for processing. We will then forward your application, etc. to the appropriate offices, specifically the WCU Office of Admissions, which issues the official acceptance letter before returning it to the DSO.

We will then issue your visa document - either the F-1 / Form I-20 or the J-1 / Form DS-2019 and post it to you along with your original acceptance letter and other information specifically about international student orientation, etc.

Once you have received this post via UPS, be sure to communicate with the DSO at international@wcu.edu or the IPS Office about your travel schedule / flight details. See below for further information.


2014 AUGUST ARRIVAL - FOR ALL NEW INTERNATIONALS

Once you know your flight details, please go to this LINK in order to inform IPS about your August 2014 Arrival


 
International Student Scholar Services / Designated School Official (DSO)

international@email.wcu.edu
or call 828.227.7494
 

Once you arrive on campus at WCU, you will meet with IPS staff during mandatory orientation to discuss the required processes regarding your visa documentation. 
See SEVIS Activation at the bottom of this page.



EXCHANGE STUDENT REMINDERS

Secure your Financial Arrangements and be prepared to make necessary payments to WCU within the first week / during orientation, such as housing, meal plan, or tuition and fees. IPS coordinates several annual inter-cultural events, e.g. Study Abroad Fair (September), International Education Week (November), International Festival (April), to build greater awareness of diversity at WCU. IPS encourages you to bring along items that represent your country or home university, etc. to use at and during these annual events.

NOTE: Exchange Students who attend WCU do not pay tuition and fees (except book rental fees) a) Most exchanges (UNCEP / Bilateral) who live on campus pay for housing, meal plan, and insurance if applicable b) ISEP Exchanges pay for book rental fees only



GRADUATE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS

Graduate School Admissions

Current Programs 

DEADLINES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
(Specifically those who need to change status to F-1 visa)


Prior to your Arrival at WCU


TO BE REVISED SOON .... )

  • Information on how to obtain F Visa or J Visa
  • Required SEVIS Fee -- LINK 

    Forms to be returned to the Office of International Programs & Services:
     
  • Immunization Form - Current Info on your Medical History
  • Pre-Payment Form - Deposit for Housing, Tuition or Both
  • Residency Contract Form - Be sure to Sign this Form
  • Course Selection Form - Complete with your home academic advisor 

    NOTE: Scan and email to Ms. Dana Moore at dnmoore@wcu.edu or fax forms to: 00.1.828.227.7080

    Otherwise, mail back to this address:

    International Programs and Services
    Western Carolina University
    109 Cordelia Camp Building
    69 East University Way
    Cullowhee, NC  28723



    Tuition and Fees and Other Charges

  • Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 -- UG Tuition / Fees / Costs -- LINK (as WCU has listed)

  • Fall 2013 - Spring 2014 -- Grad Tuition / Fees / Costs -- LINK (as WCU has listed)

    PLEASE VISIT THIS
    LINK FOR A BREAKDOWN OF ALL COSTS TO ATTEND WCU


    Other Important Forms or Info:
  • Computer Requirement Information 
  • STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE
  • Official Transcript Request Form

SEVIS ACTIVATION

All new OR transfer international students and exchange visitors must bring VALID Passport, I-94, I-20 or DS-2019 and any other immigration documents to the IPS Office when you are scheduled to register in the SEVIS Database - usually on the Saturday during orientation week each semester.  

Student Type Documents Required
All F-1 and
J-1 Visa Holders
  • Original I-20/DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility (stamped at the port of entry) for the student and any dependents
  • Original passport, visa, and I-94 card (issued at the port of entry) for the student and any dependents
  • Proof of health insurance coverage
  • J-1 students are also required to show proof of health insurance coverage for any dependents
Transfer F-1
Visa Holders
      Bring the documents mentioned above as well as the following:
  • All previous I-20s

 

Dependents of Primary Visa Holders       • New students who are dependents with the visa status of F-2, J-2, L-2, or H-4 must bring immigration documents for themselves as well as the primary visa holder (spouse or parent). This includes the I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa, and I-94 card. Also bring proof of health insurance coverage.
Other Primary
Visa Holders
      • New students who hold any other visa category must bring all documents related to their immigration status, including the passport, visa, and I-94 card. Also bring proof of health insurance coverage.

 


 

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