International Programs initiatives advance education, research, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With your support, the Office of International Programs will continue to contribute to a stronger knowledge-based economy in Washington state and the world.
URGENT NEED: International Student Aid Fund
The impact of COVID has created hardship for many of our international students and scholars. Their jobs have disappeared. They do not qualify for government aid. International travel restrictions are fluid – there is no way to predict when borders will open or close.
We ask the Coug family to come together and support the International Student and Scholar Emergency Aid Fund (International Student Aid Fund). This fund will provide direct payments for housing, food, medical care, and other necessities on behalf of our international Cougs who need our help, now more than ever. (Scholarship athletes and WSU employees may not be eligible for support from this fund.)
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Bringing the world to WSU, and WSU to the world
The fabric of Washington State University is enriched by the global community it serves. Students, scholars, faculty, staff, and researchers from all corners of the world study, teach, work, and create in an environment that is inclusive and innovative. The Office of International Programs is a catalyst for the WSU global community to grow and prosper in an increasingly complex and interconnected world.
As of fall 2021:
- 1,603 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree students attended WSU from countries other than the US
- 125 countries are represented in the WSU global community
Your support enables international students to thrive while at WSU. It also encourages WSU students to study abroad and broaden their horizon as global citizens.
With greater resources for global learning, WSU could help students in many ways:
- Integrate more international study across the curriculum
- Create service learning opportunities tied to study abroad experiences
- Develop intercultural competencies and prepare to become global leaders
- Build an endowed study abroad scholarship program to provide WSU students the opportunity to experience the world
- Encourage international student enrollment and engagement
- Provide opportunities to interact with and learn from fellow students from 110+ countries
- Support programs that challenge students to address critical global problems and help international students feel at home in the United States
Study abroad scholarships
WSU Education Abroad Endowment – In Memory of Ann Barney
WSU donors Victoria, Patrick, and Daniel Barney established this scholarship endowment in memory of their daughter and sister Ann Barney. Ann died in a car accident in 2008 while planning her junior year abroad.
The Barney family endowed this fund not only to honor Ann’s memory, but also to create a sustainable source of scholarship funding for education abroad. Thanks to the family’s generosity, the education abroad office awards grants annually from a continually growing endowment.
WSU Education Abroad Endowment – In Memory of Aaron Iverson
WSU donors David and Deborah Iverson established this endowment in memory of their son, Aaron, who died in 1996 at the age of 22.
The fund provides deserving WSU students with the opportunity to experience travel adventures similar to those that Aaron enjoyed during his short life.
It gives preference to high-need students who have not previously traveled outside North America and who express philanthropic interests. It also seeks students planning to spend an entire academic year abroad.
Scholarships and aid for international students
International Student Scholarship Fund
WSU alumnus Ricky Tsang established the International Student Scholarship Fund for non-U.S. citizens who are enrolled as students at Washington State University. Mr. Tsang came to WSU from Hong Kong. After graduating, he built a distinguished career at Microsoft.
Like Ricky Tsang, many international students struggle with finances, cultural differences, and isolation far from home. The International Student Scholarship Fund was established to help international students bridge the gap and ease their financial burden while at WSU.
IALC Scholarship Fund
The Intensive American Language Center (IALC) Scholarship was funded in memory of Teerawat (Roman) Choosanguan, a student from Thailand who died while attending the IALC.
The scholarship is awarded to non-citizen students studying English at IALC.
Violet M. Yates Endowment
The Violet M. Yates Endowment supports scholarships for non-U.S. citizens who are attending the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at Washington State University. Preference will be given to women, including students, prospective students, or female family members of international students.
International Cougar Program
A gift to the international Cougar Program enables WSU leaders to act strategically when opportunities or challenges arise. This could mean attracting world-class faculty from around the world, creating or supplementing creative programs with a global emphasis, or providing scholarship and fellowship support for students and faculty.
International Program Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to students from foreign countries to travel to WSU for their studies, and to regularly enrolled WSU students for foreign travel for study purposes.