International Students


Please Send All Application Materials To

WWU Graduate School
516 High St., Old Main 530
Bellingham, WA 98225-9037

As an international applicant, you will need additional processing time for your visa application. In some countries, 6 to 8 months is required. Contact the local U.S. consulate for processing requirements. Learn about U.S. travel at the Department of State.

Not all programs accept applications for all quarters. Consult the Application Requirements page for program-specific application deadlines.

Visa Requirements

International students are not eligible for financial aid and must provide verification of funding for one year of expenses. The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is generally not awarded during the first year of study to ensure that students (whose primary language is not English) demonstrate English language competency.

Complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility online, print, and mail the form and supporting documents to the Graduate School.

Additional visa information is available on the Department of State website.


  • Submit official transcripts and diplomas from ALL post-secondary institutions attended. Documents must be issued within the last two years at the time of application.
  • To be considered official, transcripts must be in sealed envelopes prepared by the university or college; attested / certified copies prepared by the institution may be accepted if originals cannot be provided by the institution.
  • All transcripts and diplomas must be translated into English by the institution, Ministry of Education (or equivalent), or an accredited agency.


Applicants attending institutions in China must request official transcripts from the Ministry-authorized verification offices listed below; transcripts directly from an institution cannot be considered official.

Credential Evaluation

  This is NOT in lieu of official transcripts, but an additional requirement. 

  • Submit an official course-by-course credential evaluation from World Education Services, Inc. if your degree was earned outside the US or Canada. 
  • You must have earned, or must be in the process of earning, a degree that is equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate prior to beginning the graduate program.
  • The degree-granting institution must be recognized by the Ministry of Education (or equivalent) in the country where the degree was earned.

    Please contact the Graduate School office if you have questions or need clarification of these requirements.  Applications cannot be sent to the department for admission consideration until all required documents are received. 

English Language Proficiency

You must obtain at least the minimum TOEFL (86 iBT) or IELTS (7.0) scores to be eligible for admission

  • English is your native language, or
  • you have earned, or are in the process of earning, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking provinces of Canada.

Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be on file in the Graduate School office when the application is received.
TOEFL or IELTS scores must be no older than one year at the time of application.
TOEFL Website

IELTS Website

Other Admissions Test Scores — GRE / MAT / GMAT

All international applicants must submit program-specific admissions test scores.

The Graduate School must receive the GRE or GMAT score reports directly from the Educational Testing Service, and receive the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score reports directly from the Psychological Corporation.

Test scores must be on file prior to any admission decision.

Some programs do not require an admissions test if the applicant holds an advanced degree (master’s, Ph.D, M.D., J.D., etc.); consult the Application Requirements page for details.

Application Fees

Please note: Application fees are non-refundable.

Page Updated 10.01.2013