International - Instructions

Application checklist

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

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

Application fee

A non-refundable $60 application fee (U.S. currency) is required with your application. When you apply online, you will be asked to submit a credit or debit card, over a secure connection, to complete your application. If you use a paper application, your application fee must be in the form of a check or draft payable through a U.S. bank, payable to "Western Washington University". Please include your full name and birth date with your method of payment.

Official academic credentials

Applicants are responsible for requesting official credentials/transcripts from the appropriate institutions as defined below. A transcript is considered official if is sent directly from the institution of origin or the Ministry of Education to the Office of Admissions. Please do not mail your own transcripts. They cannot be accepted, even in a sealed envelope.  

First-Year applicants must submit:
  • Official secondary school credentials with certified English translations when necessary

Transfer and Postbaccalaureate applicants must submit:
  • Official credentials from all postsecondary institutions attended, even if you do not expect to transfer credit. Only transcripts issued within the last year will be accepted.

  • Transfer applicants with fewer than 45 transferable quarter (30 semester) credits must also submit official secondary school credentials with certified English translations when necessary

Students who have attended Washington State community colleges are encouraged to have their transcripts sent electronically. These electronic transcripts will enable Admissions to process your application more efficiently and expedite the awarding of transfer credit.

If we are unable to interpret your academic credentials, we will notify you that it is necessary for you to provide a course-by-course evaluation of college credit from a NACES member credential evaluation service.

SAT or ACT scores

Though they often strengthen a student's application for admission, SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission consideration.

English language proficiency

With the exception of students whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada (English Provinces), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.S., applicants must demonstrate English proficiency. This can be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-based). You can register for the TOEFL or request to have scores sent by contacting the TOEFL website.
  • IELTS score of 6.5. You can register for the IELTS or request to have scores sent by contacting the IELTS website.
  • Duolingo English Test score of 105. The Duolino English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken in under an hour for $49. The test requires a computer with a camera, audio and reliable internet.Results are sent within 48 hours and shared with the schools you select for free.
  • Earn at least a "B" or 3.0 in two college-level English composition courses at a U.S. college/universiy. Students with these grades are NOT required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Scores must be sent directly from the testing service you choose and must be sent by the priority application deadline. Photocopies of score reports cannot be accepted.

By exception, the English language proficiency requirement can be waived for applicants educated in other countries if the applicant's primary and secondary education language of instruction was in English. Such exceptions require an official letter from the school of instruction.

Students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet minimum requirements may be considered for Conditional Admission, a program that allows students to be fully admitted to the university upon successfully completing at least one quarter of the Intensive English Program.

TOEFL Services
Website: TOEFL Services
Western's Institution Code: 4947

Website: The International English Language Testing System                         
Western's Institution Code: 4947

Duolingo English Test
Website: Duolingo English Test 

Please note: Due to disruptions caused by the current health crisis, we recognize you may experience difficulty in meeting this requirement. Please reach out to if you have special circumstances.

Declaration of Financial Responsibility

Proof of sufficient funds is required for the visa application process to gain entrance into the U.S. This proof is met by:

  • Completing the Declaration of Financial Responsibility on the application for admission; and

  • Submitting financial documents from a bank, sponsor, or foundation, agency, government, etc.

For detailed information about acceptable evidence of financial resources and the estimated expenses for International Students, please review our International Tuition & Expenses page. For additional information about the visa process, visit International Student and Scholars Services. International students may be eligible for Western's International Achievement Award.

Equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation

Western Washington University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request an accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Access Center (DAC), (360) 650-3083 (voice), (360) 255-7175 (VP), One week advance notice is appreciated. To request application materials in an alternate format, please contact the Office of Admissions, (360) 650-3440,