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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.

In the News

Dec. 1, 2015
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland have launched an international, double master’s degree program designed to graduate globally educated professionals to assume leadership positions in technology-driven, multinational corporations.

“In today’s global marketplace, the need for internationally literate leaders in the technology industry is acute and growing,” said Asif Chaudhry, WSU vice president for international programs. “This new degree program leverages the strong relationship between the U.S. and Switzerland to produce future leaders and, at the same time, opens even further opportunity for economic benefit between our two countries.”
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Bringing International Students to Campus

In the fall semester of 2016, a record 2,132 international students 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 up 85 Percent in Nine Years

YearUndergraduateGraduate / ProfessionalNon-degree / ExchangeTotal
20161,131958432,132
20151,025959602,044
2014953884551,892
2013969888351,892
2012934875481,857
2011935875611,871
2010794808761,678
2009683714501,447
2008576645621,283
2007472620611,153

Fall semester, all campus locations

2016 Fall2016 Spring

95+ countries

Are home to WSU International Students

International Diversity by Campus

Top Countries WSU International Students Call Home

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

China (mainland): 634
India: 138
Oman: 119
Saudi Arabia: 117
Korea (South): 110

Iran: 96
China (Hong Kong): 65
Canada: 64
Vietnam: 52
Taiwan: 49

Bangladesh: 50
Indonesia: 32
Libya: 29
Japan: 22
Kuwait: 18

Niger: 18
Pakistan: 18
Colombia: 15
Mexico: 15
United Kingdom: 15

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
2015-16804
2014-15742
2013-14742
2012-13685
2011-12728
2010-11736
2009-10568
2008-09567
2007-08523

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. China
4. Guatemala
5. France

A Nationwide Study Abroad Initiative

In 2014, Washington State University joined Generation Study Abroad, a nationwide initiative to increase the number of students learning in other countries. This commitment aligns with WSU’s strategic goal to graduate globally engaged citizens.

WSU has pledged to increase the number of students studying abroad annually to 1,000 by 2019.

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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 2014-15 academic year, WSU welcomed to its campuses more than 500 international scholars and faculty members from more than 65 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 region’s participation in Fulbright programs.

“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
Washington State University