Western Washington University

International students come to Western Washington University for an immersive U.S. college experience, a pathway to professional success, and to connect with Bellingham and the greater Puget Sound’s welcoming and supportive communities.

Discover Tomorrow Together

International students come to Western Washington University for an immersive U.S. college experience, a pathway to professional success, and to connect with Bellingham and the greater Puget Sound’s welcoming and supportive communities.

A Welcoming University

At Western, you can explore your interests, engage in research, and prepare to change the world.

Building a better you

A home for curious problem solvers, Western is focused on progress. Transformative teaching and research collaboration inspire students to make the world a better place.

Western's community spirit and supportive professors make it the perfect place to follow your passion. Make Waves at Western.

Shape the future with us

Learn more about the world around you in a supportive environment, where you can define yourself and help make a difference.

Adventure is knocking

The Bellingham lifestyle

Bellingham is a safe, clean city where community and adventure meet. You will quickly feel at home here, where you can relax on Western’s green campus, head to the vibrant downtown for coffee shops, live music, and a thriving arts scene. Bellingham has been noted for its cultural diversity, with

its beautiful setting, climate, and relatively low costs for a West Coast location bringing many migrants to the area.

Your new home

Choose from a selection of different housing options to suit you as you settle into life in the USA.

Where you belong

Students at Western support each other and work together to have an impact on the world. You will easily find the perfect balance between your studies and becoming part of an active community.

International Study Center

Take the first steps towards your future at the International Study Center. Join the community and earn credits towards your degree at Western Washington University.

International Year

The International Year (IY) program will help you adjust to your new life in the USA whilst working towards your degree.

Offered as a one, two, or three-quarter program, you will study a range of subjects to develop your language and study skills, as well as credit-bearing courses that will count towards your degree in your chosen major.

After successfully completing the program with the required grades, you can continue your undergraduate degree with the confidence to engage and succeed at Western.

Your International Study Center study plan is determined by your arrival English placement test, and can be longer or shorter than your original study plan in the offer letter.

You will be required to complete your study plan at the International Study Center consecutively without quarter breaks.

You must earn a 2.0 GPA in IEP coursework in order to advance to the next quarter.

The Intensive English Program includes an academic seminar designed to assist you in your academic content course(s). You must complete the International Year with a 2.0 GPA in Intensive English coursework and a 2.0 GPA in your academic content courses in order to fully matriculate into Western.

Pre-Master’s Program

The Pre-Master's Program (PMP) will help you gain the skills you need to succeed in your Masters of Business Administration program at Western Washington University.

How to apply

To apply to study at Western Washington University International Study Center, you  will need to complete an application form  and submit the relevant supporting documents.

We are here to help and answer any questions you may have about your application. Advisers speak a variety of languages and understand several more. We will do our best to contact you in your preferred language.

· A copy of your valid passport
·  Current I-20 and visa (if currently studying in the U.S.)
·  Proof of English language proficiency: IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Versant, or Embassy
·  Certified copies of academic records, including transcripts and school leaving certificates
·  Certified financial statements and Affidavit of Support

Graduate applicants may need to provide:

· Resume
· Personal Statement

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$1,000—$5,000 Quarter

Fast facts

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Top Programs

Accounting, Environmental Studies and Sustainability

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

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    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    City, Suburban
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

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