Washington State University (WSU) warmly welcomes international students to join the WSU Cougar family. WSU is one of the oldest land-grant universities in the western U.S., inspiring problem-solvers and leading innovation across many academic fields for over 130 years.
International students make up about seven percent of the WSU student body, with the university hosting over 2,000 students which together represent more than 115 countries. Overseas students benefit from many opportunities such as study abroad and career development activities. The university offers over USD 400 million in scholarships and student financial aid, with several awards dedicated to international learners.
About this university
WSU offers ninety-eight undergraduate major fields to choose from, 78 master’s and 65 doctoral degree programs. There are also three professional degree paths in medicine, veterinary medicine and pharmacy. Many programs are ranked among the best both nationally and around the world. Professors at WSU genuinely care about their students and are dedicated to student success, teaching through dynamic methods that spark creativity.
When students choose WSU, they join a global network of Cougar alumni committed to working together and using their education to make the world a better place. WSU students graduate with a distinguished degree, knowledge and skills for success, and new friends for life in their Cougar family.
WSU is home to five different campus locations across Washington state, as well as the online campus. Each site offers something different, supporting student communities based around educational needs.
Most programs are delivered at WSU Pullman where students live and learn in a traditional U.S. college environment. Students can easily meet classmates and make new friends alongside enjoying the fun activities happening around campus.
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WSU has a reputation for leading research in nearly 200 fields. Ian Wells, a second-year student at WSU, and student researcher in Professor Jake Leachman’s Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) Lab, along with a team of WSU students, were awarded a prestigious grant. The grant is one of seven given throughout the United States through NASA’s Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge to wash lunar dust out of spacesuits.
In 2017, the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center invented a whole new breed of American Apples, called Cosmic Crisps, which are widely used in American households. Some of the other world-class research conducted at WSU includes that of Douglas Call, who is the Regents Professor of molecular epidemiology studies and Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Professor Call has been recognized for his work in food and water safety, notably in relation to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in agricultural systems.
Many WSU faculty and researchers pursue ground-breaking research every day.
Covid-19 updates for new student safety
Washington State University is working hard to ensure all new students can join the student community safely. It aims to provide a robust in-person experience where students can feel comfortable both inside and outside the classroom.
Each campus location has specific procedures. For example, Covid-19 testing is available for everyone on the Pullman campus. Students are required to stick to the health and safety measures laid out by WSU, including wearing a mask, washing hands regularly, limiting sizes of groups, and keeping six feet away from other people where possible.
Students can chat to admissions officers virtually, attend online presentations to learn about academic programs and take a tour of the university from the comfort of their own homes with WSU virtual events.
How much will it cost?
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Scholarships & funding
WSU offers students a world-class degree at a great value. WSU is committed to making education affordable for students, offering tuition and fees that are the lower than peer institutions. Many international students benefit from WSU’s generous scholarships as well. There are awards specifically for international students and funding that all students can apply for. There is no limit on how many scholarships students can apply for.
International academic award
Eligible students will automatically receive USD 2,000 or USD 4,000 per academic year as a tuition fee waiver. This is a renewable award for up to three years. Students will need a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.
International merit awards
A tuition fee waiver of USD 2,000 is available for eligible international students at the Pullman campus. This awards individuals for high achievement and participation.
Department, college, and campus scholarships
Scholarships may be available to international students in recognition of academic excellence, financial need, public service, and other areas.
Students are encouraged to check what’s available, eligibility requirements, and make sure to apply before the given deadlines.
Incoming first-year students must have completed at least 12 years of secondary school. They will need a minimum GPA of 2.70 (on a 4.00) scale.
College or university transfer
International transfer students need at least 27 semester credits or to have studied for a full year at an accredited post-secondary institution. They will need a minimum GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.00 scale).
English language proficiency
Non-native English-speaking students must meet the language requirements. They will need one of the following minimum test scores, or equivalent:
- IELTS – 6.5
- TOEFL CBT – 213
- TOEFL iBT – 79
- TOEFL PBT – 550
- Duolingo English Test – 120
Alternatively, students can qualify for a language waiver if they are eligible or take a WSU English language program before beginning their academic studies.
Department and Faculty
The university is home to 11 academic colleges that strive to help students become highly skilled citizens and leaders. Faculty are accessible and classes are small in size. The student-to-faculty ratio is around 15:1, and almost 80 percent of undergraduate classes have fewer than 50 students. Teaching takes place through lectures, lab work, seminars, research opportunities, fieldwork, and internships.
WSU’s academic staff are recognized worldwide for their work. They are among the best in their fields. Several of the faculty have been elected to the National Academies membership, one of the highest honors for scientific researchers.
WSU is one of the top research universities in America according to the Carnegie Classification (2018). It is also one of 131 colleges and universities, out of more than 6,500, that has “very high research activity” as a doctoral institution.
The ground-breaking research undertaken at WSU includes finding solutions for some of the world’s biggest challenges in food production, healthcare, clean energy, security, and economic opportunity.
Over 200 fields are available to study at WSU. Degrees are designed to reflect each student’s strengths. More than 95 undergraduate major programs have specialization tracks, minors, and certificates offered across ten academic colleges.
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Students can choose from courses in areas such as economics or interior design.
College Arts and Sciences
Options include biology, chemistry, data analytics, environmental sciences, humanities, liberal arts music, mathematics, music, politics & public affairs, and psychology.
Carson College of Business
Students can pursue programs in a range of business-related disciplines, including international business, hospitality and tourism, wine and beverage management.
Edward R Murrow College of Communication
Programs are available in the six fields of communication, such as journalism and public relations.
College of Education
Study options range from counseling psychology to athletic training.
Voiland College Engineering and Architecture (VCEA)
Degree programs offered include architecture, design and construction, award-winning computer science program, and all branches of engineering including, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical, mechanical and materials engineering.
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Students have several different medical pathways, including nutrition and exercise physiology.
College of Nursing
Upper-division courses in both undergraduate and graduate nursing are available.
College Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical sciences
Options include professional degrees in pharmacy and dietetics.
College of Veterinary Medicine
From biochemistry to neuroscience, students can opt to study a range of related programs, or pursue a professional degree in veterinary medicine.
School of Graduate Studies
Higher-level opportunities are available from the graduate school for students interested in pursuing Master of Arts, Master of Sciences and PhD programs in any of the ten academic colleges.
Campus and Facilities
International students can study for a bachelor’s degree at five different locations across Washington state. Each campus location offers a unique experience paired with a high-quality education. Campus locations include:
- Pullman – as the flagship campus it is the largest of the campuses, offering a wide variety of programs and opportunities. Students get to experience life in a traditional American college town
- Tri-Cities – the STEM-focused campus has a practical approach to learning. It teaches STEM disciplines, the liberal arts, and social sciences and is home to a top ranked Wine Studies program
Vancouver – the urban campus is the only four-year research university in the southwest of Washington. It has an intimate atmosphere with a stunning scenic backdrop and 20-minute drive from downtown Portland, Oregon
- Everett – the urban campus just minutes from Seattle is an idyllic location for transfer students who have completed college or university education at in the U.S. or abroad
- Spokane – serves as the health sciences campus hosting the medicine, pharmacy and nursing programs. WSU’s College of Pharmacy and College Nursing are ranked at number 40 by U.S. News & World Report and also accept international students
Each location offers comfortable on-campus and off-campus student residences. Options are available to suit different study interests or living styles. On-campus housing is widely available at the flagship residential campus in Pullman. Students can choose from a range of accommodation options including those that are specific to certain age groups or subjects of study.
Students enjoy a large variety of facilities and services on each of the campuses. This includes:
- More than 400 clubs and organizations
- Four student centers
- 66 national fraternities and sororities
- Over 28 million volumes throughout WSU Libraries.