International Year

The International Year program is specially designed to prepare international students with the solid foundation needed to succeed in an undergraduate degree at Western Washington University.

Your Path to an Undergraduate Degree

The International Year is a one, two, or three-quarter program offering progression to a wide range of undergraduate degrees that suit all interests.

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 progress to 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.

Key Facts

The International Year runs for 1, 2, or 3 quarters with entry in January, April, June, and September.

Quarter Dates
Quarter Start End
Fall 2018 September 26 December 14
Winter 2019 January 8 March 22
Spring 2019 April 2 June 14
Summer 2019 June 25 August 23
Course Length

The length or your program will vary depending on your level of English.

View Entry 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)
English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes courses to be taken throughout your program include:

  • Reading I
  • Writing I
  • Listening/Speaking I & II
  • Grammar I & II
  • Reading and Writing II
Academic Courses

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

First quarter: earn 4-5 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)

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)
English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes courses to be taken throughout your program include:

  • Reading I
  • Writing I
  • Listening/Speaking I, II, & III
  • Grammar I, II, & III
  • Reading and Writing II & III
Academic Courses

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

First quarter: earn 4-5 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)

Second quarter: earn 4-5 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)

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)

Improve Your English

If you do not meet the International Year entry requirements, you can study the Intensive English Program before your program to improve your English language level. This accelerated program is delivered by Western and offers six levels of coursework to help you develop your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, including an academic seminar designed to assist students in their academic content courses. After successfully completing Level 3 of the Intensive English Program, you can progress to the International Year at the International Study Center.

Program Fees

Learn more about student tuition for your program, University fees, and student accommodation fees.

Progression Degrees

After successfully completing the International Year, you can progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at Western Washington University.

  • Accounting, BA +
  • Business Administration +
    • Business and Sustainability, BA +
    • Business and Sustainability - Energy Studies, BA
    • Finance, BA
    • International Business, BA +
    • Management, BA
    • Management Information Systems, BA
    • Marketing, BA
    • Operations Management, BA
  • Economics, BA +
    • Economics/Accounting, BA
    • Economics/Environmental Studies, BA
    • Economics/Mathematics, BA
    • Economics/Political Science, BA
    • Economics/Social Studies, BA
    • Financial Economics, BA
    • Politics/Philosophy/ Economics, BA
  • Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, BS +

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)

  • Art *
    • Art History, BA +
    • Art Studio, BA, BFA *
  • Dance, BA, BFA +*
  • Design, BA, BFA +
  • Music, BA, BMus +*
    • Music Composition, BMus
    • Music Education, P-12, BMus
    • Music History and Literature, BMus
    • Music Performance, BMusA
  • Theatre, BA +*

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)
* related teaching endorsement offered

  • Anthropology, BA +*
  • Anthropology/Biology, BA
  • Anthropology/Social Studies, BA
  • Archaeology, BA
  • Anthropology/Archaeology, BA
  • Behavioral Neuroscience, BS
  • Biocultural Anthropology, BA
  • Chinese Language and Culture, BA +*
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, BA +
  • Communication Studies, BA +*
  • Community Health, BS
  • East Asian Studies, BA +
  • English +*
    • Creative Writing, BA +*
    • Literature, BA *
  • French, BA +*
  • German, BA +*
  • History
    • History, BA +*
    • History/Social Studies, BA
  • Humanities +*
    • History of Culture, BA
    • Religion and Culture, BA +
  • Japanese, BA +*
  • Journalism
    • Environmental Studies/Journalism, BA
    • News/Editorial, BA +
    • Public Relations, BA +
    • Visual Journalism, BA
  • Kinesiology
    • Health and Fitness Specialist, BS *
    • Movement Studies, BS
    • Pre-Health Care Professions, BS
    • Pre-Physical Therapy, BS
  • Linguistics, BA +
  • Multidisciplinary Studies, BA
  • Philosophy, BA +
  • Physical Education & Health P-12, BAE
  • Political Science, BA +
    • Political Science/Social Studies, BA *
  • Psychology, BS +*
  • Recreation, BA
  • Sociology, BA, BS +*
    • Sociology/Social Studies, BA +
  • Spanish, BA +*
  • Student/Faculty Designed, BA, BS

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)
* related teaching endorsement offered

  • Biology, BA, BS +*
    • Biology/Anthropology, BS
    • Biology/Mathematics, BS
    • Biology – Secondary Teaching, BS
    • Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, BS
    • Marine Biology, BS
    • Molecular and Cell Biology, BS
  • Chemistry, BA, BS +*
    • Biochemistry, BS
  • Computer Science, BS +
    • Computer and Information Systems Security, BS ∆
  • Engineering & Design
    • Electrical Engineering – Electronics, BS
    • Electrical Engineering – Energy, BS
    • Industrial Design, BS
    • Industrial Technology – Vehicle Design, BS +
    • Manufacturing Engineering, BS +
    • Plastics and Composites Engineering, BS
  • Geology, BA, BS +*
    • Geophysics, BS
  • Mathematics, BA, BS +*
    • Applied Mathematics, BS
    • Mathematics/Computer Science, BS
    • Statistics, BS
  • Physics and Astronomy +*
    • Physics, BS +
  • Science Education, BAE*

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)
* related teaching endorsement offered

  • Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration, BA, BAE
  • Law, Diversity and Justice Concentration, BA +

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)

  • Environmental Science, BS +
    • Freshwater Ecology, BS
    • Marine Ecology, BS
    • Terrestrial Ecology, BS
    • Toxicology, BS
  • Environmental Studies, BA +*
    • Environmental Education, BA
    • Environmental Policy, BA +
    • Geography, BA +*
    • Geography/Social Studies, BA
    • Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, BA +
  • Student/Faculty Designed, BA, BS

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)
* related teaching endorsement offered

  • Early Childhood Education, BAE *
  • Elementary Education Professional Program *
  • Exceptionality & Disability, BAE
  • Human Services, BA
  • Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies, BAE
  • Nursing (RN-to-BSN), BSN ∆
  • Secondary Education Professional Program
  • Special Education, BAE *

* related teaching endorsement offered
∆ requires specialized transfer degree

The Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors, but can be incorporated into or taken alongside majors offered at Western.

  • Pre-Chiropractic, PreProf
  • Pre-Dentistry, PreProf
  • Pre-Law, PreProf
  • Pre-Medicine, PreProf
  • Pre-Nursing, PreProf
  • Pre-Nutrition, PreProf
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy, PreProf
  • Pre-Optometry, PreProf
  • Pre-Pharmacy, PreProf
  • Pre-Physical Therapy, PreProf
  • Pre-Physician Assistant, PreProf
  • Pre-Veterinary, PreProf
  • American Cultural Studies, BA +
  • Canadian-American Studies, BA +
  • Energy Policy and Management, BA +
  • International Studies
  • Leadership Studies

+ minor offered (additional minors in a range of disciplines are also available)

Apply for Direct Entry

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You may be eligible for direct admission to an undergraduate program at Western, if your academic and English language level grades are high enough. You must meet the standard entry requirements for the University.