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Western Washington University is the #2 Top Public School in Regional Universities West, U.S. News & World Report, 2019. The University was founded in 1893, in the Pacific north-western city of Bellingham, Washington. With the Puget Sound region and the North Cascades mountains close by, you are never far from beautiful scenery and adventure. And when you want to discover big city sights and experiences, it is easy to get to Vancouver or Seattle.

Western students receive the personal attention of a small college with the choice and opportunity of a large university. The University offers top programs in business, engineering and environmental studies. The Global Pathway Programs at Western Washington University are Intensive English, International Year and Pre-Master’s - taught at The International Study Center on campus. Upon completing the International Year, you can choose one of over 100 different majors to study at Western. Students in the Pre-Master’s Program can progress to the Masters of Business Administration.

The University is made up of 95% undergraduate students. This means that you will have access to research opportunities normally reserved for graduate students. The University is a place where you can learn more about the world around you, and prepare to take a leading role in shaping a brighter future.

Life on campus

At Western, you can develop your independence and make a difference. Collaboration between students and teachers is encouraged within the small classes, and on-campus accommodation is set up to help students make meaningful friendships. With a strong liberal arts tradition, here you can explore all your areas of interest in your studies.

The 215-acre campus in Bellingham has plenty of green spaces with sculptures for you to enjoy. For great coffee, food and live music on campus, students meet in the Underground Coffeehouse. Concerts are held in the campus’s Red Square.

Take the short trip to downtown Bellingham to find a thriving arts scene. Those who enjoy a challenge can take part in the annual Ski to Sea race.

Benefit from the support of a small college with the opportunities of a big university.

Find out more about Western Washington University

Undergraduate majors


Graduate programs


Academic entry requirements
  • Application for admission
  • Official academic transcripts from all colleges, universities and/or secondary schools attended
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility
  • Verification of financial resources
English Language requirements


  • IEP (IY Intended) - 4.0 overall IELTS / 40 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 37-42 Pearson Versant / A2 Embassy / Below 99/150; below 77/120 GaoKao
  • IY 3 quarters - 5.0 overall IELTS / 50 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 42 Pearsons (PTE) / 43-47 Pearson Versant / B1 Embassy / 99/150; 77/120 GaoKao
  • IY 2 quarters - 5.5 overall IELTS / 60 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 45 Pearsons (PTE) / 48-54 Pearson Versant / B2 Embassy / 105/150; 83/120 GaoKao
  • IY 1 quarter - 6.0 overall IELTS / 68 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 50 Pearsons (PTE) / 55-63 Pearson Versant / 115/150; 95/120 GaoKao
  • Direct Admit - 6.5 overall IELTS / 79 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 62 Pearsons (PTE) / C1 Embassy

Pre-Master's Program:

  • IEP (PMP Intended) - 4.0 overall IELTS / 40 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 37-42 Pearson Versant / A2 Embassy
  • PMP 3 quarters - 5.0 overall IELTS / 50 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 45 Pearsons (PTE) / 43-47 Pearson Versant / B1 Embassy
  • PMP 2 quarters - 5.5 overall IELTS / 60 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 50 Pearsons (PTE) / 48-54 Pearson Versant / B2 Embassy
  • PMP 1 quarter - 6.0 overall IELTS / 70 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 55 Pearsons (PTE) / 55-63 Pearson Versant
  • Direct Admit - 6.5 overall IELTS / 79 overall TOEFL (iBT) / 62 Pearsons (PTE) / C1 Embassy
Graduate admissions tests TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived for students who satisfy one of the following requirements: · English is your native language, or · You have earned, or are in the process of earning, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking provinces of Canada.
Most popular majors

Business, Engineering, Environmental Science, Industrial Design, Industrial Technology in Vehicle Design and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management.

Institution type

Regional University (Public)

  • #3 Top Public School: U.S. News & World Report ‘Regional Universities West’ 2019
  • Highest-ranked public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest: U.S. News & World Report, 2019
  • Top 100 Best Values in Public Higher Education, Kiplinger's 2019
  • #6 in the world Manufacturing & Supply Chain Managment program by SCM World, 2018.
  • # 14 in top 50 best value bachelor's in industrial design degrees by value colleges, 2017.
Specialized accreditations


Average class size


Student-to-faculty ratio


Student population

15,315 undergraduate students

806 graduate students

International student population


Countries represented


Number of alumni



Bellingham, Washington State

Campus setting

Urban – small city

Campus size

215 acres

Nearest big city

Nearest big city - Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Student clubs and organizations

200 student-led clubs, 30 intramural sports, debate team, comedy troupe, academic, community services, arts and professional societies


Social life

Western students are encouraged to become part of the vibrant campus community and to try new things. There is plenty to choose from, with more than 200 student-led clubs and organizations. You can join in with one of 30 intramural sports, the debate team and the comedy troupe. There are other societies, too, with an academic, community service, arts or professional focus.

Home life

Surrounded by natural beauty and fresh air, Western is one of the first environmental colleges in the USA. Every year, students vote to maintain the 100% renewable energy program on campus. With a zero-waste policy in the dining halls, this ‘green’ university is committed to sustainability.

At Western, 90% of first-year students live in residence halls. Here, they offer more than just a place to sleep. Each of the 16 halls is set up to nurture great friendships among the students who call it home. They include alcohol-free areas and options to live alongside students who share your academic interests.

Learn more about student life at Western. http://international.wwu.edu/


In the safe and clean city of Bellingham, you will find a strong sense of community, a thriving arts scene and a range of options for outdoor adventure. The city is surrounded by the great scenery of the Puget Sound region and the Northern Cascades mountains.

It is located between the world-class cities of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Seattle, Washington. Both are easily accessible by car or train. Sightseeing highlights in Seattle include Space Needle and Pike Place Market. If you decide to take the trip over the border into Canada, you can take in spectacular views of Vancouver from the gondola on Grouse Mountain, or visit the world renowned Stanley Park.

Degree programs
Tuition & Fees

International Year

Tuition - per year: $21,800

Student fees - per year: $1,930

Room and board - per year: $10,971

Pre-Master's Program

Tuition - per year: $28,000

Student fees - per year: $1,682.85

Application Deadlines

Spring Quarter 2020

International Year February 1, 2020
Pre-Masters Programme January 1, 2020
Direct Entry Undergraduate January 1, 2020

Summer Quarter 2020

International Year April 15, 2020
Pre-Masters Programme March 15, 2020

Next start dates

Winter Quarter 2020


Spring Quarter 2020


Summer Quarter 2020


"One of the places that I love to spend time studying or handing out with friends in the Viking Union café. Nothing beats great coffee and a comfortable place to quietly study or chat with friends. The Western community has helped me so much and made me feel comfortable in my ‘home away from home"

Tina from Japan
Studying Early Childhood Education

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