Applying as an International Student

Applying online

Once you've started your International Student Application for Admission, you will be able to save your online application and return to make changes at any time before you submit it. When you are ready to submit your application, you will be asked to provide a credit or debit card, over a secure connection, to pay the $60 application fee. 

Application checklist

Please review the international application instructions to ensure your application is complete. A complete application file consists of:

  • The International Student Application for Admission 
  • $60 non-refundable application fee
  • An essay that helps the Admissions Committee understand your academic goals, related experiences and/or preparatory course work, and professional goals
  • Official academic credentials
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility

Notarized copies of international transcripts are acceptable for the admissions decision; however, if admitted, you must present the original upon request. All documents submitted with the application become the property of the Office of Admissions and will not be released to the student.

What to expect after you apply

If you apply online, you can expect an email confirmation within an hour of successfully submitting the application and paying the application fee.

All applicants will receive an email within two weeks after we receive your application. This email will include your student number (Western ID) and instructions on how to check your application status online using the Application Status website. This website will list the items we've received, as well as any missing items needed to make your application complete. This website will not display your admission decision.

Students will be notified in writing of their admission decision.  While some students are notified earlier, the majority of applicants are notified within six weeks of the application deadline. We appreciate your patience in this process to ensure every application is carefully reviewed. 

Applying by mail

Print out and complete the International Student Application for Admission [pdf] and mail it with a check or money order for the $60 application fee to:

Western Washington University
Office of Admissions
Old Main 200, MS 9009
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9009
USA

Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation

WWU is an equal opportunity institution. To request an accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Access Center (DAC), (360) 650-3083 (voice), (360) 255-7175 (VP), drs@wwu.edu. One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Office of Admissions, (360) 650-3440, admissions@wwu.edu.