Study and Work in the U.S.
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.
Western is a nationally recognized, dynamic, innovative, and challenging public university. For decades, the U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western the #1 regional public university in the Pacific Northwest.
Apply to Western
If you require a VISA to study in the U.S., Western offers several options to apply. Reach out to an international advisor to discuss which option is the best for you.
Need help paying for your education in America? Western offers scholarships for international students.
Options for Students Who Are Comfortable with the English Language
If you have a good grasp on the English language, these options allow you to study at Western after meeting Western’s English language requirement.
The direct admit options for first-year and transfer students.
Direct admit options for master’s-seeking students.
Options for Students Who Want to Learn English as Part of Their Educational Experience
Western’s English language options meet students where they are and help them improve from there. All options are designed to help you meet Western’s English language requirement.
The direct admit option for students who need more preparation and English language study before entering a degree program.
A mix of English language courses and academic courses, giving them a jumpstart on their undergraduate degree. Pathway students are conditionally admitted to Western, and can earn up to 30 credits towards their degree.
An English-focused, 10-week option that prepares students for degree study in the U.S., featuring six levels of university English preparation. In-person and online options are available.
Learn English and Get Ahead
Looking to learn English for the purpose of advancing your career, or just for the sake of learning? Western has English-focused, 4-week options that give you the skills you need to study or work in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries.
Within an hour drive of two international cities, Bellingham is the perfect place to study and network.
Resources for Current Students, Exchange Students, Scholars, and Visiting Faculty and Staff
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Western welcomes international students from more than 35 countries, and supports students and scholars who journey from around the world to study, work and research at Western and in the U.S. Western’s ISSS works to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout the university, and invites all members of the Western and Bellingham communities with an interest in global issues and identities to get involved.
Custom International Programs (CIP)
Western is proud to offer custom programming opportunities for international groups. Custom international programs can be designed to meet the specific needs of your group, including your timeframe, academic interests, excursions, and more.
Institute for Global Engagement (IGE)
IGE engages Western’s communities to think and act globally in an increasingly interconnected world. IGE provides and supports internationally-focused educational experiences that prepare students to be global citizens, and faculty and staff who are engaged inter-culturally. IGE is home to Western’s Education Abroad and celebrates partnerships with institutions in more than 20 countries.