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1 Welcome International Students to Study at WCU

2 Western Carolina University (WCU) “CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS Choose your path” WCU is a University of North Carolina campus

3 WCU TV Spot

4 Demographics Western Carolina University has a beautiful small campus located between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Please find more information Easy access to several national parks including the Blue Ridge Parkway

5 Demographics Star marks the location of WCU- the campus is in the southeast corner of the United States WCU is in the middle of the Appalachian Mountain Chain and is close to several large cities

6 Fast Facts A coeducational residential public university within the University of North Carolina system Enrollment for Fall 2014: 10,000 students Average class size 19 students Approximately 220 undergraduate majors and 30 areas of graduate studies available

7 Colleges College of Health and Human Sciences College of Arts and Sciences College of Business College of Education and Allied Professions School of Fine and Performing Arts Kimmel School of Construction Management and Engineering The Honors College

8 Academic Accolades The College of Business is included on the Princeton Review’s 2014 list of the best schools in the nation at which to earn a degree in business. The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center was recently included on a list of “25 Most Amazing Performing Arts Center," by the website The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized Western Carolina University’s emphasis on community engagement and its link to engaged teaching, research and service by selecting the university to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

9 College Accolades- WCU Standouts College of Business Fully accredited by AACSB-International and AASBI, the Asian Association of Schools of Business International, the college has over 54 full-time faculty members and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through its departments. The college also houses the Center for Professional Selling and Marketing, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and is home to one of the 15 regional offices of The North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC).

10 College Accolades- WCU Standouts College of Health and Human Services Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Council on Social Work Education National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Science and Protection North Carolina Board of Nursing North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission

11 Top 10 Reasons to Attend WCU 1.Over 120 academic programs; the nation’s highest ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina’s accreditation program, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program. 2.Distinguished faculty; national award winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and National Endowment for the Arts awards. 3.Small classes: the average class size is 19; The Intensive English Program class size is 9. 4.Exceptional affordability compared to larger institutions. WCU is listed at No. 19 by Kiplinger Personal Finance in the publication’s recently released rankings of the “24 Best College Values Under $30,000/Year”. 5.Top adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic by Outdoor Magazine for 2014.

12 Top 10 Reasons to Attend WCU continued 6. Driving distance from three metropolitan areas including Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC. 7. Safe and clean campus surrounded by the scenic Great Smoky Mountains. 8. Extraordinary Fine and Performing Arts Center was; recently was included on a list of “The 25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” by the website 9. One of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America listed by the Princeton Review for four consecutive years. 10. Two Alternative Break trips throughout the academic year where students perform short term community based service.

13 Intensive English for Internationals (IEP) Study English in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina Four levels of academic English Study 20 + hours per week in language instruction & activities IEP students may apply for conditional acceptance to WCU and, after successfully completing IEP, may apply to a degree program at WCU without a TOEFL score IEP is now offering a English class for spouses

14 What makes IEP stand out Small class size: 1 instructor to 9 students Orientation to the program and to the university Access to all facilities at WCU Opportunities to learn about American culture Extracurricular activities Collegial learning community Conditional acceptance to WCU

15 Campus Life

16 Residential Living and Dining Services

17 Campus Services Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRC) 73,000 square feet of fun! More than 9,800 square feet of fitness space featuring cardiovascular and weight equipment Two multi-purpose courts A three-lane indoor jogging/walking track; each lap = 1/8 of a mile Two group exercise/multipurpose studios; each studio is approx. 2,400 square feet 48-foot climbing wall with belaying and bouldering Meeting room and conference room Full locker room facilities Two assessment rooms

18 International Student Life Approximately 200 International Students on campus International representation from 32 different countries On campus groups: Asian Student Association; Saudi Arabian Student Association; International Student Association

19 International Student Life Semester excursions just for International Students International Education Week International Festival

20 Cities close to WCU 1. Asheville, North Carolina 2. Knoxville, Tennessee 3. Atlanta, Georgia 1 2 3

21 Undergraduate Admissions Application Deadlines: Fall Semester April 1 Spring Semester September 1 Summer Semester February 1 How to Apply: Undergraduate 1.Complete and submit by fax, email, or mail the International Student Application (here)here 2.Pay the non-refundable application fee of $55 (US funds ONLY). *only for degree seeking students 3.Submit a copy of the identification page of your passport. 4.Provide a Certificate of Finances form and recent bank statement. 5.Provide copies in English of your academic records or transcripts from secondary and postsecondary institutions. Course work taken at postsecondary institutions must be submitted for evaluation to an approved international credential evaluation company. 6.Provide official TOEFL, IELTS or SAT test scores. Student copies will not be accepted. If English is your native language, the SAT is required. The Western Carolina University code for TOEFL and SAT is 5897. Language proficiency for undergraduate admission is: iBT 68, PBT 520, or IELTS 6.

22 Graduate Admissions Fall admission:April 1 Spring admission: September 1 How to Apply: Graduate 1.Complete the online application for application 2.Pay the nonrefundable application fee. Application Fee: $65 3.Request official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. 4.Have transcripts from non-US institutions evaluated by an approved agency for foreign transcripts.approved agency for foreign transcripts 5.Submit the Certification of Finances (pdf)pdf 6.Submit required recommendation information. 7.Submit any required additional program-specific materials.program-specific 8.Submit TOEFL or IELTS and have your scores submitted to WCU using Code 5897. This requirement is waived for applicants who have successfully completed WCU's Intensive English Program (IEP).WCU's Intensive English Program (IEP) Language proficiency for undergraduate admission is: iBT 68, PBT 520, or IELTS 6.

23 IEP Admissions Complete the IEP application with all questions answered, the last page must be signed Submit the identification/photo page of your passport Submit your high school transcripts Submit a letter of financial guarantee for $26000 USD. If your family is coming with you, add an extra $2500 per person. E-mail the above documents to OR Send your documents by mail Intensive English Program 69 East University Way 109 Camp Building Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 28723 USA Application Deadlines Fall Semester: April 1 Spring Semester: September 1 Summer Semester: February 1

24 IEP Admissions continued A Skype interview is required for all applicants. Respond to our e-mails so that we can schedule this important meeting quickly. Be on time for your appointment. Your application cannot be processed without this. Pay the mandatory, non-refundable $55.00 application fee. Our office will e-mail you instructions after your application is processed. This must be done before your I-20 is created.

25 Tuition and Fees 2014/2015 TermExpenseCost Academic YearTuition/Fees $18,528 Academic YearRoom/Board$7,504 Full Year (12 months)Personal / Miscellaneous$1,500 Full Year (12 months)Medical Insurance*$1,604 Estimated Total Tuition/Fees, Room/Board, Personal/Misc. $27,532 Undergraduate: Required 12 hours or more

26 Tuition and Fees 2014/2015 TermExpenseCost academic yearTuition/Fees $17,698 academic yearRoom/Board$8,030 full year (9-12 months)Personal / Miscellaneous$900-$1,200 academic yearBooks$1,000 (approximate) full year (12 months)Medical Insurance$1,418* Estimated Total** $27,908 Graduates ( 9 or more hours)

27 International Programs and Services Cordelia Camp Bldg. 109 69 East Univ. Way Cullowhee, NC 28723 TEL: +1 (828) 227-7494 FAX: +1 (828) 227-7080 email:

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