International Student Information

Potomac State College is a two-year division of West Virginia University and is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

In order for an I-20 to be processed and forwarded to a prospective international student, the following credentials must be received as early as possible before the start of the semester in which you plan to attend:  

  1. Original or certified copies of an official academic record in original language of issue;
  2. Original or certified copies of all certificates or diplomas in original language of issue;
  3. Official English translations of academic record and certificates/diplomas;
  4. Financial statement reflecting the ability of the student to cover tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for one year at the College.  In all cases, original or certified copies of financial/sponsorship documents must be submitted before the I-20 can be issued;
  5. All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency.  Potomac State College uses the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as the measure of English language proficiency.  A score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS is the minimum requirement.
  6. Copy of current passport or visa.

Once these documents have been received and admission granted, an I-20 will be forwarded to you.  Documents received by Potomac State become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the applicant.  It is therefore recommended that students who receive only one original copy of credentials submit certified copies with the application.

Deadlines for submission of all required documentation:
Fall semester - June 1
Spring semester - November 1

In addition, the following documents will be required before enrolling at Potomac State College:

1.  ACT or SAT scores, if available.  ACT/SAT scores are not required but are used for placement into math and English courses.

2.  Documentation showing immunizations. To ensure the health and safety of our campus, immunization against communicable diseases is very important.

For complete Immunization Requirements and printable form, click here.  

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 304.788.6820 or send an email to

All correspondence should be addressed to:        

Office of Enrollment Services
Potomac State College of WVU
75 Arnold Street
Keyser, WV 26726


Limited scholarship assistance is available. Admitted students are eligible to complete a Scholarship Application .

Click here to download International Scholarship Student Application.