July 8, 2020
Dear Cougar Community:
We want to be crystal-clear: Washington State University fully supports the ability of all international students to pursue a college degree.
We feel compelled to make this public statement in light of the announcement earlier this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that it would discontinue visa exceptions for international students on F‑1 visas who take all of their courses online. The decision could force hundreds of thousands of international students to leave the United States and threatens the academic work of more than 2,100 students across the WSU system.
The new federal policies are unjust and damaging. At a time when universities nationally are creating plans and contingencies to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff during the COVID‑19 global pandemic, flexibility in delivering classwork is critical.
International students are an incredibly important part of the WSU experience for all of our students. They contribute to the vibrant cultural and intellectual life of the University, bringing a valuable perspective and deeper global understanding of cross-cultural issues to our community. We stand with our international students—who already are dealing with a host of anxieties created by the current pandemic—and pledge to continue working to support them and reverse this federal decision.
Toward that end, WSU will join with other universities nationally to pursue options for protecting our international students. We are heartened by the bipartisan support of our Congressional delegation, many of whom are calling on the federal administration to rethink these new policies. They, and other elected leaders in our state, such as Gov. Jay Inslee, have long-supported our international students. Already, more than 15,000 faculty nationally have added their names to an online petition urging ICE to rescind its decision. Harvard and MIT have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the decision.
Our Office of International Programs is working tirelessly to develop strategies to retain our international students. Plans are proceeding to ensure students enrolled in fall semester receive a balance of live and remote courses. Virtual programming has been introduced to build community and an online town hall recently was held to listen to and address students’ concerns. In addition, an International Student and Scholars Fund Emergency Aid Fund was reestablished in partnership with the WSU Foundation. If you need any assistance or have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the continuing challenges we face, we remain committed to ensuring the opportunity for all of our international students to pursue higher education. It’s ingrained in our land‑grant mission, and it’s the right thing to do.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President
Incoming Provost and Executive Vice President
Vice President for International Programs
Mary Jo Gonzales
Vice President of Student Affairs
Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations
If you require a printable version of the application, please email the Office of International Programs International Undergraduate Admissions to request one.
If you have questions, please contact International Undergraduate Admissions.
The certificate of finances and other documents can be uploaded electronically when you submit your application.
Application materials can also be mailed to WSU:
Office of International Programs
International Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 643251
Pullman, WA 99164-3251
INTO Washington State University offers Academic English and pathway programs for both undergraduate and graduate students designed to help you through your first year of study at WSU. Our pathway programs are one to three semesters in length and combine intensive English language study, academic skills and development, and academic coursework in a customized program that gives you the skills you need to succeed. Completion of the INTO WSU Academic English or a pathway program will allow you to transition to a degree-seeking programs at WSU Pullman or any WSU campus that offers your intended degree program.
Submit your application and required documents to email@example.com
Graduate students seeking admission should apply to the Graduate School.