International Student Testimonials

Asma Khadraoui

Country: Tunisia

Major: MediaAsma Testimonial picture

“Every minute at West Liberty University was fast-paced, packed with new experiences and discoveries. The friendships that I made here are indescribable. Meeting many preeminent young people with the same goals and ambitions as me made this experience so much more enjoyable. I was also surrounded by an ever ebullient and accepting community that supported each other at all times, and most importantly the International Student Office introduced me to a number of opportunities that I had not known were possible. 

I can only say this experience is definitely one of the greatest experiences I will ever encounter in my life.”


Jin Zhang

Major: BankinJin Zhang #1g, Finance, and Management

Country: China

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Kafa Al-Omaisi

Major: Education

Country: Yemen

2013– 2014 Exchange Student: World Learning, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. KafaDepartment of State.

“The environment surrounding the school where you are going to study for one, two, three or even four years is usually considered the most important things that comes to mind when choosing a school. One is always looking for a safe place and a qualified school to complete his or her education. WLU couples both the high quality of the professional education and the very secure campus. Moreover, the places around the school are so safe that you can go shopping or even for a walk alone. I, as all the students at WLU, have the freedom and space to practice all the activities that are available and extend our social network in order to make a lot of friends and have fun.

WLU was chosen for me and I was amazed when I came to see the quality of teaching and the friendliness of the people here. People of West Virginia left a great impression on me. I believe that I was lucky to be in this school. If I have the ability to come back to America for my master’s degree someday, I definitely will prefer to have my education at WLU. At WLU, you get to experience very nice things and have many facilities that make your education easier and better in spite of the fact that you are far from home. The professors’ are available to help students who have difficulty understanding anything in the class. They welcome students happily and make classes understandable. As an international student, you might be questioning two important issues. The first one is: What is my advisor going to be like: angry, happy, easygoing, strict? The other question is; how will l do, since my English is not as fluent as natives? You do not need to have any worries at all about any of these concerns. You will have an amazing academic adviser who was previously an international student. She knows what the international students feel and pass through. She is so cooperative, friendly and wonderful. You do not need to have any worries regarding your English as well. The university provides the student development learning center, which includes many qualified tutors who are very willing to help with any class, or writing you are struggling with or even language needs.

In the international club, you get to meet so many friends, both American students and international students from all over the world. It can help you build relationships with students from different nationalities. Moreover, it offers many activities to keep students interested and make them have fun.

At West Liberty University, you are at your second home. Thank you WLU.”


Maytha Al Araimi

Major: English

2012– 2013 Exchange student: Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by American Councils for International Education.


VIDEO BY: Taras Levchenko, 2011-2012 exchange student at WLU from Ukraine through the Eurasia Global UGRAD of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)


Usama Zakir

Country: India

Major: Mass Communication

2012– 2013 Exchange student: Near East and South Asia Undergraduate Exchange Program (NESA UGRAD), a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by American Councils for International Education.

“Places make a big difference in life. Whether in India or America, wherever I went I learnedlessons on how to treat and be treated. Basically, the inevitable differences very emphatically taught me to remain non-judgmental always. Among all those places, West Liberty University campus stands out in terms of imparting indirect instructions on how to channelize diversity and how to feel comfortable with peoplecherishing a totally diverse set of norms and cultural values.When I started out it was a little morbid experience, maybe because of culture shock as I left my country for the first Usamatime for a whole year, but as the clock kept ticking, later I adapted.  The orientation and all the events organized by the international office were most definitely important giving an idea of how to survive, familiarize, get around, and make most of the time on campus.

The way life smiles at us here is so fascinating sometimes. All the picnic trips again put up by international office are fairly carried out accommodating everyone’s need.  I personally have been to the big cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Charlotte, and so on. International office always took care of my transportation up to Pittsburgh which is around 50 miles from campus.

If you are an international student in West Liberty, the easy and friendly classroom gives you an opportunity to get your ideas across, the open and warm international office provides you a kind and personalized space, the Union makes you enjoy top 40 music with delicious food, the marketplace displays a whole variety of different menus, the chapel offers strength in faith and passion in celebrations, the International Club always exhibits a rainbow of traditions, cultures and entertainment and of course the Library becomes your last resort when few hours left for the deadline of an assignment. It’s sheer edutainment here. Get in and dance your way up. Take it honestly and you are the next success story.”



Kateryna Forynna

Country: Ukraine

Major: Communications: Journalism Concentration

2009– 2010 Exchange student: Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, and administered by IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board)

“When it comes to choices that determine your future, the decision is never easy. The choice of college is one of the toughest, especially when you can’t visit the campus because you live in another country or even on another continent! I came to West Liberty University to study journalism and was amazed at the great combination of quality education, friendly faculty, varied student life and fun! From the first days I was surrounded by welcoming, caring and helpful people who wanted to know everything about me and my country. It’s so easy to mix and make friends here. Even if there are some cultural differences, the International Student Orientation will help you adjust and make your experience at WL unique and unforgettable.

There is so much you can do outside the classroom: countless clubs and organizations, racquetball, tennis, ping-pong, billiards, football, basketball, wrestling, swimming. You can either take it up as a class (like I did with racquetball and tennis) or you can just go down to the gym with your friends almost any time as it’s usually open until 10 p.m., and it is always nice to stop by the cafeteria to grab a coffee or tea afterwards. Pool and ping-pong tables are located on the ground floors of the dorms.

I enjoyed my learning experience greatly: small discussion groups, presentations, group projects, creating portfolios.  You can always discuss whatever problems might arise with your professor and he or she will always meet you half way. The biggest surprise for me was the flexibility of educational system. You don’t have to declare your major until the end of the 2nd year of study so you have plenty of time to consider everything and make the right career choice. You have more freedom in choosing the courses you are interested in, adding or changing your major or minor.

Whatever your career path is, if it lies through West Liberty University, it will be a successful one.”

Marina Munir

Country: Pakistan

Major: Biology

Senior Year

“It all started when I was back home applying for my US visa. I was required to pick a college with a good reputation and that fulfilled my major requirement which is Biology. I found West Liberty with the aid of the web. There were 3 other colleges that I applied to besides West Liberty. But in the end what it came down to was the major attraction of the friendly environment it provides. Just by looking at the website images of the beautiful campus and the students so much at ease with the professors and all, I knew instantly that this is the place where I want to be and where I will achieve my goals. Indeed I made a wise decision and am fully content with everything that I have accomplished so far. I have more friends here than I did back home. All the professors adore me for my hard work and are extremely cooperative with any problems that I face concerning my studies. The love I get here from everybody feels like I have a second home. If I had a second chance to pick a college in the States, I would still choose West Liberty no matter what. Quality education with a friendly environment is more than what I asked for and I consider myself very lucky. A wise decision indeed.”

Sudarshan Dhakal

Country: Nepal

Major: Pre-Engineering

Sophomore Year

My desire to get a quality education, my passion towards soccer, and my ambition to boost my dream are all well directed in the milieu of the West Liberty University. I am glad to be the member of the Hilltopper community, and it’s influence will certainly be a life long experience.”


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