What is "Direct Exchange"?
Direct Exchange is a reciprocal exchange between Western Washington University and other universities abroad. Direct Exchange students pay for the cost of hosting incoming exchange students. In most cases, the exchange agreement covers the cost of tuition (charges as In-State tutition) and mandatory Fees, which makes Direct Exchange an affordable way for Western students to study abroad. A Direct Exchange can be a different experience than a typical "study abroad" program. Students who go on Direct Exchange should be independent, adaptable, and able to get around on their own.
Can I participate?
Yes, students can participate in a Direct Exchange if:
- They are a matriculated WWU student
- Have a minimum of 2.5 GPA (Depending on which international university the student is applying to the GPA requirement may be higher)
- They have completed at least 30 credits at WWU by the start of the exchange
How much does it cost?
Out-of-Pocket expenses (housing, meals, personal expenses) vary depending on individual sites, but students will pay In-State tuition and Mandatory fees through their student accounts at WWU.
Can I transfer credits back to Western?
Yes, students earn Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory (S/U) graded block of INTL Direct Exchange credits. Credits earned on a Direct Exchange do not count toward your overall GPA at WWU.
What are my chances of placement?
Generally, two WWU students may be placed at each international site per year through Direct Exchange. With some sites, there is more than one way to attend the host institution.
How can I increase my chances of placement?
Because of the limited space available to place Western students, applying for a Direct Exchange may be competitive. Some helpful hints are:
- Research your Direct Exchange options thoroughly, and apply to one site by the deadline
- Make sure to follow the Application Checklist carefully so you will be sure to turn in all necessary application materials
- Be sure to meet with the Direct Exchange advisor before submitting the application