Western Washington University

Western Washington University

516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA



Western is an energized campus community with nearly 16,000 students and over 160 academic programs. Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college with the academic choice, opportunities for research, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference.

Making the most of a Western education means opening your mind, learning by doing, enriching the community, and shaping an academic adventure that is uniquely yours. You aren’t just getting an education; you are building a foundation for lifelong success. From the beautiful natural environment to the welcoming community of individuals inhabiting it, Western is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to call home.

Why Western Washington University

  • At Western, students will learn more about the world around them in a supportive environment, where they can define themselves and help make a difference.
  • Students at Western support each other and work together to have an impact on the world.
  • Students will easily find the perfect balance between their studies and becoming part of an active community.
  • Students receive personal attention to ensure they reach their goals, and 99% of all classes are taught by faculty, many of whom hold the highest degree in their field.
  • Students collaborate with professors and peers in small classes and fully engage with new ideas.


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Work While Studying

Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate international students can work anywhere on and off campus for up to 20 hours per week without a work permit.

Post-Grad Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Conditional Offer Letter

Even if you do NOT meet our minimum English requirement (IELTS or TOEFL), you still can get conditionally accepted in the program of your choice with the condition of completing our English program prior to starting your chosen program.

Programs with Co-op Option

Cooperative education (or co-operative education) is a method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. A cooperative education experience (“co-op”), provides academic credit for structured job experience. Co-ops are full-time, paid or unpaid positions.

Type of Accommodation 

Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival in Canada & the USA as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.

On-Campus Residence Accommodations: On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.

Off-Campus Accommodations: The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.



Avg Cost of Tuition per Year: USD$ 21,834
Cost of Living/Year: USD$ 13,838

Estimated Total per Year: USD$ 35,672

Colleges, Schools and Departments

Western offers bachelor’s degrees and the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Professional Accounting, and Master of Music. The university is composed of the following colleges and their respective programs:

  • College of Business and Economics
    • Accounting
    • Decision Sciences
    • Economics
    • Finance and Marketing
    • Management
    • Supply Chain Management
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
    • Dance
    • Design
    • Music
    • Theatre Arts
    • Visual Arts
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
      • Anthropology
      • Behavioral Neuroscience
      • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      • Community Health
      • Physical Education, Health and Recreation
      • Political Science
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
    • Humanities
      • Communication
      • English
      • History
      • Journalism
      • Liberal Studies
      • Linguistics
      • Modern and Classical Languages
      • Philosophy
  • College of Science and Engineering
    • Advanced Materials Science and Engineering
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering and Design
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • Physics and Astronomy
    • Science, Math and Technology Education
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
    • American Cultural Studies
    • Law, Diversity and Justice
  • Graduate School
  • Huxley College of the Environment
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Studies
  • Woodring College of Education
    • Educational Leadership
    • Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Human Services and Rehabilitation
    • Special Education
  • Independent programs
    • Canadian–American Studies
    • East Asian Studies
    • Honors Program
    • International Studies
    • Marine Science


The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; National Association of Schools of Music; National Recreation and Parks Association; American Speech and Hearing Association; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Computing Sciences Accreditation Board; Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; American Chemical Society; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. Planning Accreditation Board



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