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Special Considerations for International students

Special Considerations for International students

For new international students, the University will have its International Student Orientation for graduate students on Wednesday (8/13) in the Gluck Theater of the Mountainlair student union, from 8:00-4:30. All international students are expected to attend, receiving information regarding their visa status, ICE rules and regulations, and information pertaining to living in the U.S. Please see the linked page for information on checking in with the Office of International Students and Scholars and other requirements.

SPEAK Test: Any graduate teaching assistant (GTA) whose native language is not English and who has not taken the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a score of 50 or higher is required to take the SPEAK Test at WVU, given on multiple occasions the week before classes. It is also recommended for any other international students who may teach or work with undergraduate students at some point, as a passing score is needed for those duties. GTA’s who do not pass the SPEAK test will be required to take English classes as recommended based on the results, and their duties, as assigned by the Department, will not involve working directly with students. Information about this test will be available at the international student orientation; you can make an appointment for the test by sending email to Karen Allen, SPEAK Test Coordinator, at karen.allen@mail.wvu.edu. Identify yourself as a graduate student in Mathematics; our Department will pay the fee for the exam. If you are not a GTA and wish to take the SPEAK test, please notify me in advance so that I can make arrangements with Ms. Allen to have your fee paid. The Fall SPEAK test will be held August 13-14 from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM.