Begin Your Degree Program
Academic English is an ideal bridge to Washington State University admission.
From Academic English to a WSU degree
Completing Level 5 with at least a “B” average meets the university’s undergraduate English language proficiency requirement for undergraduate studies.
To apply for undergraduate admission as an international student, follow these instructions.
Completing Level 6 with at least a “B” average meets the university’s language proficiency requirement for many graduate degree programs.
To apply for graduate admission as an international student, follow these instructions.
Coming to WSU from another school or language program in the United States
- Request your SEVIS record be transferred to WSU.
- Complete the transfer-in form and email, mail, or fax it to the WSU Office of International Programs.
F-1 Transfer Request
J-1 Transfer Request
- If you plan to travel outside of the United States before beginning study at WSU, request a temporary I-20 for your reentry to the United States.
- Attend orientation. 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.
All new students must complete an orientation program to register for classes.
Choose the event and date that fit you best.
- New Coug Orientation — Most international students attend fall orientation, as it fits within the arrival window specified by U.S. visa regulations
- Spring Orientation — Held in January for all students starting spring semester
- New Coug Summer Orientation — 12 orientation sessions are offered in June and July
- New Coug Orientation for Transfers — Held in March and July for students transferring from another U.S. college or university to WSU
The writing placement exam will enable your advisor to place you in the first-year writing course most appropriate for your ability.
If you have received equivalent credit for English 101 through college transfer or the Advanced Placement (AP) test in English, you do not need to take the writing placement exam. Honors College students do not need to take the exam.
The writing placement exam is offered online and must be completed at least 1 week before your orientation date.
The math placement assessment is an online exam designed to place you in an appropriate mathematics course.
All new students are required to take the test. (Students with college-level math credit may be exempt.)
The testing fee includes a 6-week review module, access to the exam, and up to 4 retakes. If you take the test more than once, WSU will use your best score.
If you are transferring from another U.S. college or university to WSU, we recommend attending Transfer Orientation. However you can attend any orientation program that is convenient for you.
If you have attended college or university outside the United States, we recommend that you bring course descriptions and syllabi (translated into English) with you. This will help us identify equivalent WSU courses for transfer credit.
Junior writing portfolio
All WSU students are required to submit 3 samples of their college writing from 3 different courses once they complete 60 semester credits.
Writing samples can come from any college course, if written in English—so keep your papers!
The junior writing portfolio evaluates your readiness for the demands of writing-intensive upper-division courses in your major.
Your sponsor should provide a Financial Guarantee Letter outlining the sponsorship conditions and financial coverage. Bring a copy of this letter with you to your orientation session.
If your sponsor or home country will be providing health insurance, bring your insurance card (or equivalent) to your orientation.
Within the first week of classes, you will need to meet with an Office of International Programs advisor. Contact IP Fiscal to make an appointment.
If you have any questions about any part of the WSU admission process, please contact us. WSU Office of International Programs is here to help.
Bryan Hall 108
Office of International Programs
Washington State University
Bryan Hall 301
PO Box 643251
Pullman WA 99164-3251