We are looking forward to welcoming you to our campus this Fall. If our campus is not open, you will still be able to benefit from the flexibility to begin your program virtually from home*. Whether you’re joining us on campus or online, you’ll still get the full Western experience.
When you join us on campus you can look forward to a safe, fun and inclusive learning experience as you build cultural experiences and create networks for your future. You will be surrounded by a supportive community of international students and expert staff, ensuring you have the best possible start to your study experience.
Your safety is our number one priority. We have a range of health and safety measures in place including mandatory mask policies, social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, and COVID testing on campus – ensuring you’re as safe as possible.
Once you’ve been offered and accepted your place to study with us, you can start preparing for university. We’re here to make this process as easy as possible for you. To start with, you’ll need to make sure you’ve done a few important things:
If you begin your studies with us online, we know you will also be getting ready to join us in Bellingham in-person in the future. Your safety and academic progress are our priorities throughout the current global situation – we are here to help.
If our campus is not open, you can begin your program virtually from home.
For your convenience, most of our virtual learning is delivered at different times of the day and is available to access on your own time. You’ll be responsible for scheduling your days to allow time to watch lectures and complete projects and assignments.
You’ll need to be present online in real time for activities which do occur live, like office hours and some assessments or exams.
Some examples of interactive sessions you may participate in during your course may include:
As opposed to on-campus delivery, most courses will have no set class hours, except for any pre-scheduled interactive sessions. Students will be expected to have self-discipline and be active participants in the virtual classroom. Students will be required to check the class materials and assignments regularly, and must be engaged in the program Monday through Friday and meet all assignment deadlines.
During your online orientation before your program begins, you will hear more about self-learning modules and exercises on Canvas.
When you enroll at Western, you will benefit from Start Smart at no additional cost – so you are prepared to start your courses with the skills you need to succeed., you will benefit from Start Smart at no additional cost – so you are prepared to start your courses with the skills you need to succeed.
You’ll receive early exposure to your university education and experience – ensuring you begin Western with confidence. With Start Smart, you will:
In this free course, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of subjects, including:
*Subject to University policy and ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19