Information for Prospective CIP Participants
Since 1970, the West Virginia Council of International Programs (CIP) has coordinated a unique exchange program for professionals in the human services from around the world. West Virginia CIP, in collaboration with West Virginia University, provides an exchange experience that enhances professional skills, improves cross-cultural communications, and provides insights into American life and society.
Our exchange program is four months in duration, beginning in mid-August and concluding in late November. Evaluations are conducted halfway through the program and upon departure.
The program blends six components into the four-month placement for each international
To request an application, please email
Agency Placement & Professional Internship
Participants engage in a professional practicum at designated agencies or academic departments for training and work related experiences in the following areas: education, health care and administration, mental health, social work, physical therapy, industrial and labor management, engineering, public administration, human resources, community and economic development, transportation and urban planning, environmental protection, law, agriculture, business, and communications.
CIP believes that mid-career professionals learn best by doing, especially across culture and language barriers. Performing real tasks with new colleagues in their work environment creates insight and mastery of problem solving skills. Interns may work along with American counterparts, carry out special assignments, handle a representative set of cases, and/or design a project for transfer and utilization back home. CIP promotes and supports long-term, substantive linkages between its alumni and host agencies.
Academic Courses & Seminars
Opportunities exist to enhance practical learning by auditing one or two university courses related to practicum assignment and professional occupation.
Immersion in American Society & Culture
Each CIP Professional lives with three or four American families during his or her stay in West Virginia. Host-family living provides individuals unique insights into American society and culture. It also personalizes the experience and builds lifelong friendships.
Retreat & Orientation
Upon arrival, participants begin the first part of our orientation program with a three-day retreat. This is a time for recreation, cooking, eating, talking, and learning about the CIP program and about each other. The second half of the orientation program consists of a ten-day seminar planned around these general topics:
1. US educational system
2. US health system, special services, and social work
3. US legal and economic systems
4. Morgantown, WV and vicinity—community, environment,
Participants provide international educational presentations on human service themes determined during the program to the Morgantown and West Virginia University communities.
Weekly Meetings with Participants
The CIP Professionals come together weekly to discuss their own countries and other topics of general interest. Depending on financial ability, they may also travel together to points of interest in West Virginia, bordering states, and to Canada.
The Application Process
1.) Documents needed for the application process include two (2) letters of recommendation, one (1) resume, and one (1) color passport photo copy.
2.) Minimum Funding Requirements
To issue a DS-2019, WVU is required to collect documentation demonstrating that the scholar has adequate financial resources for the entire duration of their stay.
Financial Documentation Requirements
• Documents should be in English or have an accompanying translation
• Bank statements must be official and dated
• All accounts/assets must be liquid and dated within the last six (6) months
• Any letter of sponsorship must specify both the amount and duration of support
Minimum Funding Per Month One Semester Total Cost
Scholar (J-1) $1,700 $6,800
Please note: The above estimates are conservative. Exchange Visitors should factor in individual financial requirements when making plans to come to WVU.
U.S. federal regulations [22 CFR 62.14] require all exchange visitors and their dependents to carry certain insurance minimums for the duration of their stay. The plans purchased must meet or exceed the below requirements.
Benefit Minimum coverage
Medical Benefits $100,000
**Repatriation of remains $25,000
**Medical Evacuation $50,000
Deductible per accident or illness $500
**Please note: Most U.S. insurance policies do not cover repatriation of remains or medical evacuation. These may need to be added on as an additional coverage.
For more information please visit: https://isss.wvu.edu/info-for-departments/j-1-scholars-information-for-departments
3.) ONLY WVCIP participants will be provided with a DS2019. Children/spouses/families will not be provided with the means to come with their participant on this program.