We’re Looking Forward to Welcoming You

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.

Beginning Your Studies With Us

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.

Your Next Steps

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:

  • Confirm your place. The first thing to do after you receive an offer is pay your deposit. You must do this in order to confirm your place. You can then begin the student visa process. To see what payment is required, and pay it online, visit our fees page.
  • Apply for your visa. You can find out more about the visa application process on our arriving in Bellingham page.

Arriving in Bellingham

A student on campus at WWU

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. 

Join Us Virtually From Home

If our campus is not open, you can begin your program virtually from home.

What Should You Expect From An Online Class?

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:

  • Watching an online presentation and adding your own video comments or questions
  • Commenting on a discussion board on your own time
  • Viewing a lecture and participating in a Zoom meeting with your professor to answer questions

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.

Get Prepared With Start Smart

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:

  • Meet and interact with staff before you arrive
  • Join an international community of fellow students from all over the world
  • Study a blended course model, combining interactive sessions with the flexibility to learn on your own schedule
  • Develop your skills through interactive one-to-one and group discussions

In this free course, you’ll be introduced to a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Navigating a learning management system (LMS)
  • US culture
  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Learning and success
  • At the end of Start Smart, you’ll receive a certificate to show you completed the modules before progressing on to your program.

*Subject to University policy and ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19

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