Study West Virginia is an international education consortium of 11 public four-year colleges and universities in West Virginia established by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) in May 2006 to promote West Virginia as a premier destination for international study.

The HEPC’s Office of International Programs (OIP) provides overall leadership and coordination of Study West Virginia in cooperation with the university members. The Director of the OIP reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the HEPC.

Our Goals

  • Raise the profile of West Virginia as an international study destination by leveraging our shared resources/expertise, capitalizing on partnership opportunities and promoting West Virginia as a premier destination for international study.

  • Increase member institutions’ access to opportunities for international recruiting through collaborative initiatives with partners (U.S. Commercial Services, EducationUSA, etc.).

  • Enhance communication among member institutions and their international education professionals regarding best practices in international student services and recruitment.

Our History

  • HEPC sponsors first state-level internationalization conference in April 2006.

  • Study West Virginia Consortium established in May 2006 (originally called West Virginia Consortium for Internationalizing Higher Education)

  • WV legislature enacted an international education resolution in 2008 in support of international education.

  • HEPC Office of International Programs established in August 2013.

  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Consortium established by HEPC in 2015.

  • Global West Virginia Consortium for Internationalizing Higher Education established in 2022 facilitated by a $210,000 two-year UISFL grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

News, Announcements and Community

  • Global West Virginia on Facebook – News and announcements of interest to international educators and students in West Virginia.

  • Global West Virginia on Instagram – Are you a U.S. student who wants to study abroad?  Follow us on Instagram to learn more about opportunities for students in West Virginia to study abroad or intern at a global company or organization.

  • Study West Virginia on Facebook – Are you an international student who wants to study in the USA?  Follow us on Facebook to learn why West Virginia is a great place to study in the United States. 

Links to International Organizations and Associations Promoting International Education in West Virginia

West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS)

The West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS). Established in 1980, FACDIS is a consortium of 20 West Virginia institutions of higher education with over 375 participating faculty in international studies and foreign languages from more than fifteen different disciplines.

West Virginia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (WVTESOL)

A professional organization of those who teach English as a second language. The group is an affiliate of the international TESOL organization, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL). WVTESOL seeks to strengthen ESL teaching, promote research in the filed of TESOL, and provide opportunities to share ideas with other ESL professionals in West Virginia.

West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association

A professional organization that unites all foreign language teachers, both at the K-12 and post-secondary level, to promote the study of world languages in West Virginia. The group holds a yearly conference to provide a forum for collegial interaction.

West Virginia Office of Economic Development – International Development

The International Development Team assists companies from Asia, Europe and around the world in establishing facilities in West Virginia and supports our existing companies in increasing their exports.  Over 136 companies from 30 countries have chosen West Virginia as their ideal operational base in North America. West Virginia companies, both large and small, contribute to the growth in our exports.  In 2018, West Virginia exports were valued at $8.1 billion. The International Development Team is focused on enhancing West Virginia’s success in the global economy.

Links to Partner Websites

USA: A Study Destination – U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce (International Trade Administration) convenes state consortia from across the United States for the purpose of promoting the United States as a destination for international students to study. 

EducationUSA – U.S. Department of State

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals.

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