Enrolled International Students

International Students at Potomac State

Enrolled Students – it’s the Final Countdown

We are excited to have you join our student body and to finally get to meet you soon! Going away to college is a big step for most students, but your decision to attend a college overseas is even greater.  We hope your time here will be meaningful, fun, creative, exciting, and productive!

Now that you have officially registered for classes and applied for housing, and have obtained your VISA, there are a few things you should know:

Travel Arrangements
Potomac State College of WVU is located approximately 2 ½ hours from several major airports (Dulles, BWI, Pittsburgh). 

First, please check our Academic Calendar for important dates in order to optimize your travel plans for beginning of semester, holidays, and breaks.

When making flight arrangements, the most important item will most likely be the cost of flying, so try to make arrangements as far in advance as possible, to get the best rates.  There are numerous entry points, via airports, in to the United States.  Regardless of which entry point you choose, you will ultimately be coming to the east coast of the USA.  Students are encouraged to fly to an airport from which shuttle service to the college can be obtained. NOTE: BWI and Dulles airports are recommended.

There are two shuttle services out of the Baltimore/Washington area that are options for students flying in to BWI or Dulles airports.  The links for both of these services can be found here:

http://www.collegeshuttles.com/ (College shuttles brings students right to the door of University Place on Potomac State College’s campus; however, this shuttle does not run daily)

http://www.bayrunnershuttle.com/ (Bayrunner shuttle brings students as far as Cumberland, MD and then students must use a taxi or other service for the last 20 miles of the trip)

Checking In/What to Bring
The Office of Residential Education provides a list of items to bring to Potomac State College of WVU, which can be found here.

*Take special note of the Residence Hall Linen Program offered through this site.

Additionally, you will also want to bring your passport, VISA, and I-94 form to the Enrollment Services Office as soon after arrival as possible ( The Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document issued to  nonimmigrant  aliens at the time of lawful entry into the United States at an air or sea port of entry. The Form I-94 is evidence of a nonimmigrant’s term of admission and used to document legal status in the United States, including length of stay and departure). 

The I-94 electronic form can be accessed here:

https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/consent.html;jsessionid=6dssVpTDGNt5LZvPRCr40bgQCXvbJvBv7k2SGfDPRRzJzBHrY9gL!-495650013

Welcome Weekend/Campus Connections
Welcome Weekend is Potomac State College of WVU's way of welcoming new and returning students to campus. By participating, you will socialize with other students and you will get to know some of the faculty and staff who will be your guides to academic and personal success.

Academic Support
The mission of the Academic Success Center is to work with students to assist them in defining, clarifying, and achieving their academic goals.  The staff of the Center also helps students become aware of the College's resources and how to use them to meet individual needs.

Health Related Issues
Potomac State College of WVU is dedicated to keeping its students healthy and happy.  We offer a Health Center with nursing staff available.  Please click here for services available through the Health Center.

Culture Shock?
While we want you to feel Potomac State College of WVU is your home away from home, we also recognize that it can be difficult making the adjustment of being away from your family.  Your experience as an international student is made even more challenging because you are a great distance from your home/country.

Potomac State College of WVU offers counseling services to students who are struggling with homesickness, social/emotional, and adjustment issues. 

Additionally, the Office of Residential Education can provide students with many resources (Residential Assistants, Residence Hall Coordinators, Activities, to name a few) to help keep students connected to campus life, students, faculty, and staff and help relieve sadness, anxiety and fear about being away from home.  When you arrive on campus, more information will be provided to you about these services and contact information for key people will be given to you.

Working in the States
Students enrolled on an F-1 VISA are eligible to work only on Potomac State College of WVU’s campus.  There are a few opportunities for work on campus, including but not limited to: Residential Assistants program, dining services, maintenance, Academic Success Center, Enrollment Services.

Check your MIX and ask around for types of on campus jobs. 

In order to be eligible for work, a student must obtain a Social Security number.  Please go to:

http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ for more information on obtaining a Social Security card.

What to bring to the Social Security Office

  • Valid Passport
  • I-94 card or  printout  of I-94 admission record
  • Valid Form I-20
  • Proof of employment, such as a job offer letter or letter from appropriate college representative

Students who work on campus and receive compensation through our payroll or who receive gift aid in the form of residential/academic waivers or scholarships will be charged an ATAX through WVU if the money/aid exceeds total expenses.  This tax will appear on a student’s WVU Portal account and students will need to pay it.  Students can then file a tax form to recoup most or all of that money back.  WVU offers a software program called “Glacier Tax Prep” to assist students in the filing of Federal tax forms.