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The Office of International Programs enables every WSU student to graduate with a rich understanding of different cultures and nations. It fosters a welcoming and inclusive environment for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars from over 100 countries.

In addition, the office reaches out to academic institutions, governments, and other organizations worldwide, building strategic partnerships that advance research and discovery.

Bringing International Students to Campus

In the spring semester of 2020, 2,351 international students were enrolled at WSU, adding a rich layer of cultural diversity to every campus. International students comprised 7.1 percent of the total student population.

International Student Enrollment Nearly Doubled in 12 Years

YearUndergraduateGraduate / ProfessionalNon-degree / ExchangeTotal

Fall 2019 semester, all campus locations

116 countries

Are Home to WSU International Students

International Diversity by Campus

Pullman96 countries
Online (Global Campus)41 countries
Tri-Cities20 countries
Spokane16 countries
Vancouver15 countries
Everett4 countries

Top Countries International Students Call Home

China (mainland): 673
India: 170
Korea, Republic of: 113
Viet Nam: 99
Taiwan: 96

Saudi Arabia: 85
Oman: 79
Bangladesh: 78
Iran: 63
Indonesia: 51

Canada: 35
China (Hong Kong): 32
Japan: 31
Nigeria: 30
Thailand: 28

Pakistan: 26
Nepal: 23
Malaysia: 21
Mexico: 17
Kuwait: 16

Spring 2020

Empowering Students to Study Abroad

WSU students may choose from over 600 study abroad programs in 70 countries and on all seven continents around the world.

Education Abroad Participation

Academic YearEducation Abroad Participants

Education abroad is education that occurs outside the participant’s home country (internships, volunteering, conferences). Study abroad is education that occurs outside the participants home country for which the participant is earning academic credit.

Top Destinations for WSU Students Studying Abroad

1. Spain
2. Italy
3. France
4. Greece
5. China and Guatemala

Enriching Student Experiences

In partnership with colleagues across campus, International Programs promotes research, service learning, internships, and community projects that infuse experiential and intercultural learning into students’ portfolios.

A Place for International Connections

Students from a wide range of nations and cultures join in workshops, civic activities, and other programs at the University’s International Center.

Located in the Compton Union Building (CUB) in the heart of the Pullman campus, the center enables international and domestic students to connect with others and share their experiences with the University community. It is also where many students come to study and relax with friends.

Welcoming Scholars From Around the World

In the 2019-20 academic year, WSU welcomed to its campuses more than 2,260 international scholars and faculty members from more than 115 countries.

Building Partnerships that Advance Research Initiatives

Scholars at WSU break down geographic barriers to discovery by forging partnerships with colleagues around the world. The Office of International Programs formalizes international collaborative agreements and ensures regulatory compliance.

Bestowing Prestigious Honors

The WSU Fulbright Academy helps WSU faculty and students compete for the Fulbright program’s prestigious international exchange awards. The academy also welcomes international Fulbright scholars to WSU and brings public recognition to all the University’s Fulbright participants.

Part of the academy’s mission is to conduct regional outreach to increase the Northwest’s participation in Fulbright programs.

In the News

Immigration Update

From a report by the Associated Press, July 14, 2020:

“Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit in Boston brought by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said federal immigration authorities agreed to pull the July 6 directive and ‘return to the status quo.'”

Recent tragedies call for self-examination

June 1, 2020

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Racism looms over our nation’s soul.

Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Three on a seemingly endless list of African American fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, loved ones, and family members, all of whom were killed because they were black.

Each a recent and stark reminder and memorial of the ugliness of historic, systemic inequality. Each a victim of our country’s severe racial and class disparities.

The COVID‑19 pandemic has laid bare the truth about the unequal access to health care that people of color—specifically African Americans—face. This fact only compounds the current outrage.

We are still so far from achieving the aspirations of racial and social justice. Read more.


International Programs-International Student and Scholar Services Created

Kate Hellmann named Director

May 6, 2020

Pullman – IP-International Student and Scholar Services has been created from the reorganization of Global Services, the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) and the International Center. The faculty and staff in IP-International Student and Scholar Services support the internationalization of the Washington State University system by providing a comprehensive suite of aligned linguistic, social and cultural services to all international students and scholars to increase their success and retention in the WSU system. This includes advising, advocacy, career services, academic support and much more. On the linguistic end, the faculty team facilitates Academic English and pathways at INTO WSU, a dynamic joint venture at Washington State University that supports the academic and linguistic preparation of international undergraduate and graduate students across our WSU system. Together, the faculty and staff in IP-International Student and Scholar Services foster an inclusive and welcoming international community for students and scholars that support’s WSU’s Drive to 25.

Kate Hellmann was named Director of IP-International Student and Scholar Services. Kate has been a leader in international education as a faculty administrator and researcher for over a decade and has been at WSU for well over half that time. She has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on International Education from the University of Idaho and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Iowa State University. Kate conducts research on faculty experiences with international students in the classroom and beyond, international students and scholars, innovative teaching methodologies and integration of domestic and international communities. Her research and practice focus on the internationalization of higher education in the United States. She is also local to the area and grew up attending WSU football games with her family. She speaks Spanish and has traveled to 22 countries but is happy to continue to call WSU home.

“Kate will bring the IALC faculty, the International Center and Global Services together as one unit that supports all funnels of international students and scholars coming to WSU. Aligning and increasing services for all students and scholars will take commitment from all of our dedicated and talented faculty and staff but I know they are up to the challenge,” said International Programs Vice President Asif Chaudhry.

“I have long held to the fundamental belief that if we are to change—and change in bold and significant ways—the delivery of higher education in this country, it will require that we develop new paradigms, new ways of thinking, new platforms of knowledge that will position us for the challenges and the opportunities of this global economy and marketplace.”
Elson S. Floyd, Ph. D.
Past President Washington State University