Resources for Living in the U.S.

 There are many things to do while you are here, whether you want to participate in community service, have a host family, or learn to drive. Please take a look at the following resources to if you are interested in the activities below.

Do you want to learn to drive?

In order to drive in the United States, you will need to take a learners permit test and a driving test.  By law, You are only able to drive with your international/home country’s driver’s license (if you have one) for 3 months. Therefore, before the end of three months, you must apply for a U.S. one.

These are the documents you will need to be able to get a learners permit and a drivers license:

  • PassportIMG_1826
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • I-20
  • Letter from the international student office
  • Letter from housing office
  • Cash ( Learners permit = $5 , Driver’s license = $5-$13)
  • Denial of Social Security card letter

Here are the most recent West Virginia Handbooks for you to study from for your learner’s permit test:


What does the International Student Office Offer?

 There are many things that the International Student Office offers to our students. Many of which you find find in the different pages of this website. Here is a copy of the International Student Guide that we provide to each new student summarizing the services we offer. Also, here is where you can find a copy of the Host Family Student Application as well as our community service program’s application. 



What is there to do in the local cities?

The closest city to West Liberty University is Wheeling, West Virginia. Wheeling is considered a small city, but fun and exciting none the less. Pittsburgh is a larger city and is located about an hour and a half from the university in Pennsylvania. In both of these cities, there are many fun and interesting things to do, from going to concerts, to eating at local restaurants. Here are some resources to help you find you way around Wheeling, WV and Pittsburgh, PA. We have also included a very brief pamphlet summarizing a couple of aspects of American culture.