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Future International Students

Next Steps

Welcome! We are happy to help you join the Cougar family at WSU. To reserve your space at the university and get ready to study in the United States, follow these steps.

If you have any questions about any part of the process, please contact us. We are ready to help.


1-855-219-1317 (toll-free)



Send Final Documents to WSU!

To finalize your admission, you will need to send final transcripts, a certificate of finances and proof of immunizations to WSU as soon as possible.


As soon as they become available, you will need to submit final transcripts showing graduation date and/or degree earned.

Ask each school to send official transcripts directly to the Office of International Programs. Transcripts sent by you will be considered unofficial.

Documents can be sent by secure electronic transfer, emailed directly to from your institution’s official email address, verified exam providers,  or mailed to WSU at this address:

Office of International Programs
International Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 645115
Pullman WA 99164-5115

Certificate of Finances

In addition to submitting your Certificate of Finances form, you are required to submit supporting documentation in the form of a bank statement (of your account or one of a close family member) or government sponsorship letter, which matches the name on your Certificate of Finances. Bank documents must be dated no more than 6 months prior to submission, and all funds must be liquid assets.

Undergraduate Direct Entry/Bachelors and Undergraduate Foundation Program

 International Master’s CERTIFICATE OF FINANCES (pdf)   Academic English CERTIFICATE OF FINANCES (pdf)


You will need to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination and measles (Rubeola) immunity before you will be able to register for classes. You are also required to be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination before boarding you plane to the United States.

Upload proof of vaccinations to your Patient Portal at Documents must have your full name and dated of birth, and should be in English (translation required if not in English).

We strongly recommend that you also obtain a vaccine for meningococcal disease (meningitis). Immunity is particularly important for students who will live in densely populated settings such as residence halls, fraternities, or sororities.

More information about immunizations is available from WSU Cougar Health Services.


Apply for a U.S. Visa

Start the U.S. immigration process as soon as possible.

Once you have accepted our admission offer, WSU will issue a confirmation letter through your application portal. Additionally, if you have submitted your Certificate of Finances with supporting bank documents, you will receive either the I-20 or the DS-2019, depending on your student status.

Prepare for your interview using these 10 tips for a successful interview.

Documents and Process

Students who are receiving the I-20 form for the first time will need to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee online and make a visa appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

Make certain you have a valid passport. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your expected stay (Canadian citizens excepted).

If you are coming to WSU from another school or language program in the United States, complete the following steps.

  1. Request your SEVIS record be transferred to WSU.
  2. If you plan to travel outside the United States before beginning study at WSU, request a temporary I-20 for your reentry to the United States.
  3. Attend a New Coug Orientation at WSU. After the immigration check-in, the Office of International Programs will issue you a permanent WSU I-20.

Get complete information on U.S. visa regulations and process.


Apply for Housing

You will want to apply for on-campus housing as soon as possible. Housing assignments are prioritized according to when you submit your application.

Apply for Campus Housing

Campus Residence Requirement

Pullman campus is our residential campus. All other campuses will require you to live in off-campus housing.

At the Pullman campus, all unmarried freshmen under 20 years of age are required to live in a University residence hall for 1 academic year. (Students who completed college-level work in high school are considered freshmen for housing purposes.)

Students who are over 20 years of age, married, or who have attended at least 1 year of college have the option of living in a residence hall, in university apartments, or in off-campus housing.

Explore All Housing Options


New Coug Orientation, International Student Tutorial, and Placement Exams

All new undergraduate students must register for New Coug Orientation and International Student Tutorial, and take placement exams in mathematics and English composition.

New Coug Orientation

All new undergraduate students must complete New Coug Orientation to register for classes. You will complete the Pre-Orientation Modules online before you arrive and attend the in-person Orientation upon arrival. Ask your New Student Coordinator for details if you are not attending the Pullman campus.

Make sure your travel arrangements allow you to attend. Students who are entering the United States may arrive no sooner than 30 days before the start of classes. When registering for orientation, choose the session that falls within this 30-day window.

Register for New Coug Orientation

International Student Tutorial

In addition to New Coug Orientation, all international students are required to attend International Student Tutorial. You will complete the Canvas course online before you arrive and attend the in-person Tutorial upon arrival.

Complete International Student Tutorial

Placement Exams

The university also requires new students to take placement exams in mathematics and English composition. You will need to take these exams before you attend New Coug Orientation for your first meeting with your academic advisor. These placement exam scores are needed to accurately place you in first-semester classes.

Placement Exam Info and Signup


Send Us Your Photo

Upload a passport-style photo for your Cougar Card. Your photo should be taken from the chest up, with no hats, sunglasses, or filters. It does not have to be your official passport photo, a selfie with a plain background is fine.

Your Cougar Card is your student ID, which allows you to enter your residence hall/room, get food at the dining hall, and have unlimited access to the local bus system.

Upload Your Photo


Send Us Your Travel Plans

Once you have specific travel plans to campus, let our New Student Coordinator know your travel details! WSU offers airport pickup services for the Pullman campus.

Spring International Student Arrival Form

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