Admitted International Guide
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Prepare for Academic Success
Keep Up Your Good Work
Enrollment is contingent upon your continued academic success, including completion of any conditions specified in your offer of admission, satisfactory completion of all attempted coursework not currently on file, and receipt of official final transcripts.
Transfer Equivalency Report
If you have earned credit through an official college transcript or test scores from AP, IB or Cambridge, you will receive instructions on how to obtain your official Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) via email after confirming your enrollment to Western, and prior to registration, when possible. The TER provides information about the number of credits that have been accepted in transfer and details the courses that transfer to Western as well as their Western course equivalent. If you are currently enrolled in courses, you should plan to send an updated official transcript to the Office of Admissions as soon as grades are posted.
Plan for Your Major
Because you may need permission to register for courses that require prerequisites, major or pre-major declaration, etc., you are encouraged to contact academic departments prior to course registration. You can view our Programs of Study, which include contact information for each academic department, at catalog.wwu.edu. We also encourage you to visit the Academic Advising Center as it includes information about the many academic resources available to Western students.
Planning Your Finances
International students must assume all responsibility for student expenses. Proof of sufficient funds is required for the visa application process to gain entrance to the United States. These funds must be available from sources other than potential employment. Acceptable evidence may take the form of notarized bank statements in U.S. funds in the student's name, a scholastic award letter from a foundation, agency, government, industry, etc., or a notarized letter from an individual sponsor indicating willingness to provide support for the specified amount and accompanied by a verified bank statement.
Please note: all financial evidence you submit to Western will also be required when you apply for your student visa; therefore, you are encouraged to secure duplicate documents.
Tuition and Fees
As you review estimated annual expenses, it may be helpful to know that payment for tuition, fees, housing, and meals is charged quarterly and due at the beginning of each quarter. Monthly payment plans are available as well. Also, remember that costs for transportation, books, supplies, and personal expenses are flexible and can be reduced depending on your lifestyle choices.
Western offers a variety of scholarships for new and continuing international students, including the International Achievement Award for first-year and transfer students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date
Please let us know about email or mailing address changes as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and Western ID number.
You’ll find academic contacts in the programs of study available at admissions.wwu.edu/catalog. Here are a few other numbers that might come in handy as you’re getting to know Western. It’s okay to call!
Academic Advising Center
Career Services Center
Disability Access Center
(360) 650-3083 (voice)
(360) 255-7175 (VP)
Financial Aid Office
New Student Services/Family Outreach