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The WSU Tri-Cities Intensive American Language Center (IALC) is an ideal path to Washington State University admission.

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 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 instructions.

From the IALC to a WSU Degree

Confirm Admission

To confirm admission, you will need to pay a USD $200 advance tuition deposit (amount is subject to change). The deposit will be credited toward your tuition when you arrive on campus. The deposit is nonrefundable.

Accept your admission

Coming to WSU From Another School or Language Program in the United States

  1. Request your SEVIS record be transferred to WSU.
  2. Complete the transfer-in form and email, mail, or fax it to the WSU Office of International Programs.
    F-1 Transfer Form
    J-1 Request to Transfer
  3. 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.
  4. Attend orientation during the first  two days of your WSU IALC session. 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.

Orientation

All new students must complete an orientation program in order to register for classes.

Choose the event and date that fit you best.

  • Fall Alive! — 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.
  • Alive! summer orientation — Twelve orientation sessions are offered in June and July.
  • Transfer Registration Days — Early registration for students transferring from another U.S. college or university to WSU.


Placement Exams

Writing

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 one week before your orientation date.

Math

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 four retakes. If you take the test more than once, WSU will use your best score.


Transfer Students

If you are transferring from another U.S. college or university to WSU, we recommend attending Transfer Registration Days. While you can attend any orientation program that is convenient for you, Transfer Registration Days will allow you to register for classes before anyone else.

Plan Ahead

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 three samples of their college writing from three 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.

Sponsored Students

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.

Need Help?

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.

Office of International Programs

Kruegel Hall 13
international@wsu.edu
1-509-335-8117
1-855-219-1317 (toll-free)

Office of International Programs
Washington State University
PO Box 643251
Pullman WA 99164-3251