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 with plans to expand our membership to include community colleges and private higher education institutions.

The 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 students and scholars.

  • Facilitate partnerships focusing on international student recruitment, student and faculty exchanges and study abroad opportunities.

  • 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 begins statewide effort in December 2005 by planning a conference.

  • Provost at each WV institution establishes a Campus Internationalization Committee in early 2006.

  • Held first state-level internationalization conference in April 2006.

  • Results of a statewide survey on status of internationalization found a low commitment to international education by West Virginia colleges and universities.

  • HEPC established the Study West Virginia Consortium in May 2006.

  • Consortium Council released its strategic plan in August 2006.

  • WV legislature enacted an international education resolution in 2008 making West Virginia the 14th state in the country to have such a resolution. These resolutions are being used to leverage support for recruiting international students and securing funding for study abroad consortia.

  • HEPC included for the first time international education goals in its master plan for higher education.

  • To address the goals of the 2007-12 five-year master plan, each institution in WV indicated how it will meet the statewide goals of “promoting global awareness and international education.”

  • Through the various strategic activities it sponsors, the Consortium helps to support the HEPC institutions’ efforts to achieve their compact goals.

  • In August 2013, the HEPC established the Office of International Programs to provide leadership and coordination for the Consortium.

News and Announcements

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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