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Scholar Welcome Letter

Dear International Visitor:

Welcome to Shepherd University and West Virginia! We are pleased that you will be joining our global community.

Enclosed is the form DS-2019, which you use to obtain a J-1 visa for entry into the U.S. Please read the DS-2019 completely and sign your name where indicated. You will need to present this original form, your passport, two passport-sized photographs, and proof of financial support at the nearest U.S. embassy or Consulate to request your visa. If you should decide to postpone or cancel your visit, please notify the Office of International Initiatives (contact below) return the form DS-2019.

The following is a listing of next steps and important information.

We encourage you to visit Shepherd University’s and Shepherdstown’s websites to learn more about the university and its host community and to prepare for your visit. We are a dynamic community that enjoys the performing and studio arts, four-season recreation and sport, and a rich cultural and historical heritage.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Charles Nieman

Director, International Initiatives

+1 304 876-5809