Global West Virginia is an International Education Consortium of Colleges and Universities established by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in May 2006. Global West Virginia seeks to enhance the international education of every public and private higher education institution in West Virginia.

The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides overall leadership and coordination of Global West Virginia and facilitates the development and implementation of policies and procedures for administration of international education at all of the public state colleges and universities. The Director of the OIP reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the HEPC.

Our Goals

  • Combine the strengths and efforts of every public and private higher education institution in WV in order to facilitate and enhance the globalization of the respective campuses;

  • Provide assistance and mentoring to those institutions to help them internationalize their majors, core curricula and foreign language programs to better prepare West Virginia students for global competency;

  • Facilitate partnerships between educational institutions in West Virginia and those in other states and countries;

  • Increase the number of international students in West Virginia by promoting West Virginia as a study destination for international students.

  • Increase the number of students going abroad by establishing a statewide study abroad consortium.

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 International Education 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 has decided 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.

Global West Virginia Activities 2006-13

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 Connections

WV Connections is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Education to provide students and teachers throughout West Virginia with quality educational resources for supporting English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, cultural exchanges and multicultural education in West Virginia.

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.

Developed by the West Virginia Export Council, the U.S. Commercial Service and the West Virginia Development Office, this website is a resource for West Virginia companies interested in developing international markets for export.

West Virginia Japan Trade Office

The West Virginia Development Office has trade offices in Asia and Europe that offer assistance in export development and investment. The office in Japan is located in Nagoya.

Discover the REAL West Virginia Foundation, Inc.

Created as a result of efforts by U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, the organization promotes West Virginia as an international business location and sponsors trade missions to Asia.

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