Western welcomes students from around the world

Join a diverse community of expert faculty, international scholars, and friendly neighbors committed to achieving excellence. International students come to Western Washington University for our collaborative approach to innovation and hands-on learning opportunities. Here, students who want to change the world work alongside those who are changing it. You’ll work directly with industry leaders in technology, engineering and global business.

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Bellingham, WA

Bellingham, Washington sits between a sheltered bay opening up to the spectacular San Juan islands and Mount Baker, the crown jewel of the Northern Cascades. With Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. both nearby, Western is the ideal place for international students to study, work and pursue adventure.


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An Affordable Education

At Western Washington University, we offer our international students an affordable and transformative experience. You’ll pay the same tuition rate as out-of-state students and there are a number of merit scholarships available.

Western Washington University Majors

You will build a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences before choosing from our 200+ academic programs. When you complete your admissions application, you can tell us exactly which major you want to pursue, or you can plan to explore your interests. You can even design your own program of study.

Find a Major

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Western in Fall

Virtual Tours

Get to know our campus from anywhere with our self-guided video tour. Then, sign up for a 60-minute student-led virtual campus tour, or a 90-minute tour with an information session hosted by an Admissions Counselor. Our student hosts are eager to answer your questions!

Take a Hosted Virtual Tour

Take the Self-Guided Virtual Tour

Experience our students, our campus, and the beautiful area we call home.

Connect with International Admissions

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We’re excited to show you what life at Western is all about!

From Cezar Mesquita: As a former international student myself—originally from Brazil—I readily empathize with the many considerations that go into the college decision process. I look forward to connecting with you as Western’s International Admissions Counselor. Fill out the Request More Information form below to connect with me.

Request More Information form


Become an International Student at Western Washington University

Invest in your future—your academic growth, community relationships, and career accomplishments—at Western Washington University, an affordable university for international students. Our beautiful location and rigorous academic focus set us apart as a place where creativity and ideas flourish.

Ready to apply? Begin the application to become a Western international student.

Learn more about International Admissions