Student Stories

MaiAnh Nguyen

My name is MaiAnh Nguyen from Vietnam, one of many international students at Western. Western is located in Bellingham, a small city in the Pacific Northwest, just a 1.5 hour drive north of Seattle, and a 1 hour 15 minute drive south of Vancouver, Canada. I transferred to Western from Edmonds Community College in 2012 and received my Bachelors degree in 2014 in Management Information Systems and Accounting. I will be working as a .Net developer at an IT consulting firm in Sterling, Virginia, this September. The classes at Western are challenging, and almost always have group projects, but my peers are smart and determined to do their best, and the professors are helpful by answering my questions in class and providing office hours for additional discussions. 

During my study at Western, I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the US and the world, share and learn about different cultures, make friends and memories. One of my many fond memories was founding, coordinating and participating in monthly international cooking classes where Western students and international students cook together and learn about each others' culture through delicious cuisine. One of the many places that I often go to on campus is the international student and study abroad offices because there are friendly and helpful staff that are always willing to help me with general questions, academic and family concerns, getting a drivers license, applying for OPT, how to study abroad, or any other matters. 

Western has provided me a higher education with valuable academic and social skills, people and memories, cultures and food! My experiences here has been positive and I hope it will be for you as well!

Wajeha Arshad

My name is Wajeha Arshad and I graduated from Western’s College of Business and Economics with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Operations Management with a minor in Economics. I am an international student from Oman.

For my higher education, I wanted to enroll in a university that not only offered an excellent education, but also provided opportunities for career advancement and cultural exchange. Based on my experience at the university, I can confidently say that Western has exceeded all my expectations!

Western has a very stimulating academic environment. Most of my classes involved a great mix of theoretical knowledge, group projects, and real world application. My operations management classes toured distribution centers and factories of companies like Boeing, Target, PACCAR, Kaas Tailored, and REI to learn how the concepts we discussed in class were applied in a business setting. The College of Business and Economics has strong relationships with various American organizations, so throughout the academic year, we students can take advantage of amazing networking events, career fairs, and guest lectures.

At Western, I also had the pleasure of meeting several people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Through ISSS, I got the unique opportunity to lead and be part of Western’s Cross-Cultural Student Association (CCSA). CCSA is a club that promotes cultural awareness within Western’s student community. The club organizes discussions, games, and events that showcase performances, traditional clothing, food, and other cultural activities. I highly encourage all incoming students to join CCSA. It’s a great way to make friends!

My experience at Western has truly been incredible. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Viking and I am looking forward to the next part of my journey!

Western International Students in the News

"iLEAD - My Study Abroad Experience". 7 October 2014

Video by exchange student Laura Piggott (Australia)


"I am a Western Student". 18 September 2014

Video featuring Batu Dashnyam (Mongolia) and Prisca Leung (Hong Kong)


"Conquering the Cascades". The Western Front. 3 June 2014

Featuring exchange students Jeanne Caron-Guyon (France) and Amelie Zobl (Austria)


"From Cairo to Bellingham: Exchange student competes in DECA, explores dance and works to start medical nonprofit in Egypt". AS Review. 12 May 2014

Profile of exchange student Mark Maximos (Egypt)


"Western Celebrates International Women's Day". The Western Front. 9 March 2014

Featuring exchange students Ghinwa Frayha (Lebanon), Walid Moulahoum (Algeria), and Annika Eriksson-Lindberg (Sweden)


"Western hosts Global Gourmets". The Western Front. 9 March 2014

Featuring Aziz Alhebaishi (Saudi Arabia), Druksel Dorji (Bhutan), and Yewon Kwon (South Korea)


"Student finds community across the globe". The Western Front. 31 October 2013

Profile of Batu Dashnyam (Mongolia)







Page Updated 10.29.2014