Western Washington University

About us

Western Washington University is the #2 Top Public School in Regional Universities West, U.S. News & World Report, 2018. The University was founded in 1893, in the Pacific north-western city of Bellingham. 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.

International Year

The International Year program will support you while you begin earning credits for your undergraduate degree at Western.

English Language Requirements

You will need a minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Versant score*. The length of your International Year program depends on your level of English language proficiency.

Program LengthTOEFLIELTSPearson VersantGaoKao
3-Quarter 50 overall 5.0 overall 43-47 99/150; 77/120
2-Quarter 60 overall 5.5 overall 48-54 105/150; 83/120
1-Quarte 68 overall 6.0 overall 55-63 115/150; 95/120

Pre-Master's Program

The Pre-Master's Program will prepare you for progression to the Master of Business Administration program at Western.

Academic Entry Requirements

Students are required to have studied Microeconomics for entry to the Pre-Master’s Program.

English Language Requirements

You will need to meet a minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Versant score*. The length of your program will depend on your level of English language proficiency on arrival at the International Study Center.

Program LengthTOEFLIELTSPearson Versant
3-Quarter 50 overall 5.0 overall 43-47
2-Quarter 60 overall 5.5 overall 48-54
1-Quarter 70 overall 6.0 overall 55-63

 *Students who have completed at least three years of full time study in an international school where English is the language of instruction may be able to have the English test requirements waived.

Apply Directly

You may be eligible to apply for direct admission to undergraduate degrees or the MBA program at Western. You must meet the standard international entry requirements, including evidence of English proficiency (minimum TOEFL or IELTS score if applicable) and a personnel statement regarding academic and professional goals. MBA direct admit applicants will also need to provide GMAT or GRE scores and a resume.

Western also accepts transfer credit from any combination of regionally accredited institutions in the USA and Ministry of Education recognized post-secondary institutions. Inquire now to find out more.

How to Apply:

1. Select a Program

2. Select Start date

3. Register and pay the $95 application fee

What is next:

In 2-3 days, we will contact you to schedule your interview

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Location

516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225

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Available courses


Course Name Start Date Duration & Tuition Application fee  
International Year: 1, 2 or 3 Quarters

Your Path to an Undergraduate Degree

The International Year is a one, two, or three-quarter program offering preparation for a wide range of majors that suit all interests. The International Year has entry in January, April, June, and September. The length of your program will vary depending on your level of English

You will learn in a supportive environment to develop your academic and English language skills, while adjusting to living and learning in the USA. After successfully completing the program with the required grades, you can continue your undergraduate degree with the confidence to engage and succeed.

What Will I Study?

During your program you will study a range of academic courses and English for Academic Purposes courses. The English for Academic Purposes classes will give you the solid English language foundation you need to succeed in your degree. We will support you to gain new skills in academic writing, listening, and reading.

Academic coursework will depend on your background and chosen progression degree. Some courses may include math, English, finance, leadership, dance, or energy studies.

Earn Academic Credit

During your pathway program, you will work with an advisor to select pre-approved courses for academic credits. You will have the opportunity to earn between 15 to 20 credits that will count towards your bachelor's degree graduation requirements.

Curriculum

English for Academic Purposes 

English for Academic Purposes courses include:

  • Grammar III
  • Reading and Writing III
  • Listening and Speaking III
Academic Courses

During your pathway program, you will have the opportunity to take academic courses for university credit.

First quarter: earn 8-10 credits

  • MATH 107 - Mathematical Reasoning and Its Applications (4 Credits)
  • MATH 112 - Functions and Algebraic Methods (5 Credits)
  • MATH 114 - Precalculus I (5 Credits)
  • MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 Credits)
  • MATH 156 - Algebra with Applications to Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • DANCE 101 - Open Ballet (2 Credits)
  • DANCE 102 - Beginning Contemporary Dance (2 Credits)
  • DANCE 232 - Movement and Culture (3 Credtis)
  • FINANCE 216 - Personal Investing (4 Credits)
  • SMNR 101 - Seminar in the Liberal Art and Sciences for First-year Students (2 credits)
  • LEADERSHIP (LDST) 101 - Introduction to Leadership Studies (5 Credits)

Second quarter: earn 8-10 additional credits

  • MATH 107 - Mathematical Reasoning and Its Applications (4 Credits)
  • MATH 112 - Functions and Algebraic Methods (5 Credits)
  • MATH 114 - Precalculus I (5 Credits)
  • MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 Credits)
  • MATH 156 - Algebra with Applications to Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • DANCE 101 - Open Ballet (2 Credits)
  • DANCE 102 - Beginning Contemporary Dance (2 Credits)
  • DANCE 232 - Movement and Culture (3 Credtis)
  • FINANCE 216 - Personal Investing (4 Credits)
  • SMNR 101 - Seminar in the Liberal Art and Sciences for First-year Students (2 credits)
  • LEADERSHIP (LDST) 101 - Introduction to Leadership Studies (5 Credits)

Third quarter: earn 8-10 additional credits

  • MATH 107 - Mathematical Reasoning and Its Applications (4 Credits)
  • MATH 112 - Functions and Algebraic Methods (5 Credits)
  • MATH 114 - Precalculus I (5 Credits)
  • MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 Credits)
  • MATH 156 - Algebra with Applications to Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications to Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • DANCE 101 - Open Ballet (2 Credits)
  • DANCE 102 - Beginning Contemporary Dance (2 Credits)
  • DANCE 232 - Movement and Culture (3 Credtis)
  • FINANCE 216 - Personal Investing (4 Credits)
  • SMNR 101 - Seminar in the Liberal Art and Sciences for First-year Students (2 credits)
  • LEADERSHIP (LDST) 101 - Introduction to Leadership Studies (5 Credits)
  $95
Pre-Master’s Program

Your Path to a MBA

The Pre-Master’s Program is offered as a one, two, or three-quarter program, structured to prepare you for progression to the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Western. When you apply, you may need to provide a resume, GRE/GMAT, and a personal statement. The length of your program will vary depending on your level of English.

The Pre-Master's Program has entry in January, April, or September.

In this program, you will develop a solid understanding of business practices, alongside the academic skills you need to succeed in graduate-level study. These skills include academic writing, attentive listening, research, and an understanding of academic terminology. After successfully completing the program, you will progress to Western ready to succeed in your MBA.

What Will I Study?

During your program you will study a range of academic subjects and English for Academic Purposes courses. Your coursework will depend on your academic background and chosen progression degree. Some courses may include:

  • Business English
  • Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening
  • Business Calculus
  • Marketing
  • Financial Accounting.

In addition to a range of coursework, we will support you to complete a personal statement and resume, which will be needed during your degree and future career. 

Earn Academic Credit

During your pathway program, you will work with an advisor to select pre-approved courses for academic credits. You will have the opportunity to earn 17 credits before beginning your graduate degree. These credits will help prepare you for graduate studies in the Masters of Business Administration program.

Curriculum

English for Academic Purposes 

English for Academic Purposes courses include:

  • Grammar III
  • Reading and Writing III
  • Listening and Speaking III
Academic Courses

During your pathway program, you will have the opportunity to take academic courses for university credit.

First quarter:

  • MKTG 488 - Topics in Marketing (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications in Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4 Credits)
  • Businesss ESL (5 Credits)

Second quarter:

  • MKTG 488 - Topics in Marketing (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications in Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4 Credits)
  • Businesss ESL (5 Credits)

Third quarter:

  • MKTG 488 - Topics in Marketing (4 Credits)
  • MATH 157 - Calculus with Applications in Business and Economics (4 Credits)
  • ACCT 240 - Financial Accounting (4 Credits)
  • Businesss ESL (5 Credits)
  $95

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