Entry Requirements

To be accepted to study at the International Study Center, you will need to meet specific admission requirements. These are comprised of academic requirements, as well as meeting a minimum level of English language proficiency.

The requirements needed to study the International Year are lower than what you would need to be admitted directly to the University. This provides you the opportunity to begin studying sooner, while developing your skills and preparing for your degree.

International Year

The International Year program will support you while you begin earning credits for your undergraduate degree at Western.

English Language Requirements

You will need a minimum TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Versant score*. The length of your International Year program depends on your level of English language proficiency.

Program Length TOEFL IELTS Pearson Versant GaoKao
3-Quarter 50 overall 5.0 overall 43-47 99/150; 77/120
2-Quarter 60 overall 5.5 overall 48-54 105/150; 83/120
1-Quarter 68 overall 6.0 overall 55-63 115/150; 95/120

International Year

International Year students in classroom at Western Washington University

Explore your interests while developing your skills and prepare to progress to a wide range of undergraduate degrees.

Apply Directly

You may be eligible to apply for direct admission to a wide variety of undergraduate degrees or to the graduate MBA or Computer Science programs at Western. You must meet the standard international entry requirements, including evidence of English proficiency (minimum TOEFL or IELTS score if applicable) and a personal statement regarding academic and professional goals.

Western also accepts transfer credit from any combination of regionally accredited institutions in the USA and Ministry of Education recognized post-secondary institutions. Inquire now to find out more.

Direct Entry Requirements

TOEFL (iBT) IELTS Pearson (PTE) Duolingo GPA
79 6.5 62 105 Undergraduate: 2.5
Graduate: Business 3.0; Computer Science 2.75
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