Your Future, Our Commitment: Begin your Western Journey Now

Studying with us in 2021 is about putting your education and your future first. This is your time.

By choosing to start your Western experience now, you will benefit from a US education – the number one study destination for international students, world-class teaching and student support, and access to Start Smart – our exclusive preparatory course, delivered virtually at no extra cost.

Study Options

We are looking forward to welcoming you to join us on campus. For some programs we are offering the flexibility to start your studies virtually from home.*

2021 Arrival

Find out more information about beginning your studies with us.

Visa and Study Documents

Learn about the documents you will need to supply in order to study abroad in the USA and to be accepted to your chosen program.

Arriving in Bellingham

Discover what will happen once you know when you are arriving on campus.

Your First Week

When you arrive at the International Study Center, you will be quickly welcomed into University life and the Western community. To start the year, you will join Western Welcome Week, held by the University. This weeklong event is full of informative and fun activities to help you get to know the campus, staff, facilities, and meet other students. There are even tours of Bellingham, so you can learn your way around the city.

At the International Study Center, staff are ready to help you transition into life abroad, including opening a bank account, understanding your program, and registering with the University.

*Subject to University policy, program availability and ongoing disruption due to COVID-19.

Join the Community

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You will love Western's welcoming community and active student life. Learn about the opportunities and adventure that await you.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.