WSU Office of International Programs initiatives advance education, research, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With your support, the Office of International Programs will continue to contribute to a stronger knowledge-based economy in Washington State and the world.
Support International Programs
With greater resources for global learning, WSU could help students in many ways:
- Integrate more international study across the curriculum
- Create service learning opportunities tied to study abroad experiences
- Develop intercultural competencies and prepare to become global leaders
- Build an endowed study abroad scholarship program to provide WSU students the opportunity to experience the world
- Encourage international student enrollment and engagement
- Provide opportunities to interact with and learn from fellow students from 90+ countries
- Support programs that challenge students to address critical global problems and help international students feel at home in the United States
Click on the links below to see examples.
WSU Education Abroad Endowment – In Memory of Ann Barney
WSU donors Victoria, Patrick, and Daniel Barney established this scholarship endowment in memory of their daughter and sister Ann Barney. Ann died in a car accident in 2008 while planning her junior year abroad.
The Barney family endowed this fund not only to honor Ann’s memory, but also to create a sustainable source of scholarship funding for education abroad. Thanks to the family’s generosity, the education abroad office awards grants annually from a continually growing endowment.
WSU Education Abroad Endowment – In Memory of Aaron Iverson
WSU donors David and Deborah Iverson established this endowment in memory of their son, Aaron, who died in 1996 at the age of 22.
The fund provides deserving WSU students with the opportunity to experience travel adventures similar to those that Aaron enjoyed during his short life.
It gives preference to high-need students who have not previously traveled outside North America and who express philanthropic interests. It also seeks students planning to spend an entire academic year abroad.
International Student Scholarship Fund
WSU alumnus Ricky Tsang established the International Student Scholarship Fund for non-U.S. citizens who are enrolled as students at Washington State University. Mr. Tsang came to WSU from Hong Kong. After graduating, he built a distinguished career at Microsoft.
Like Ricky Tsang, many international students struggle with finances, cultural differences, and isolation far from home. The International Student Scholarship Fund was established to help international students bridge the gap and ease their financial burden while at WSU.
IALC Scholarship Fund
The Intensive American Language Center (IALC) Scholarship was funded in memory of Teerawat (Roman) Choosanguan, a student from Thailand who died while attending the IALC.
The scholarship is awarded to non-citizen students studying English at IALC.
Violet M. Yates Endowment
The Violet M. Yates Endowment supports scholarships for non-U.S. citizens who are attending the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at Washington State University. Preference will be given to women, including students, prospective students, or female family members of international students.
International Program Scholarship
The WSU International Program Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students from foreign countries who are attending WSU, and to regularly enrolled WSU students traveling in foreign countries for study purposes.
The Global Case Competition brings students together to develop innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues using local resources.
The Global Case Competition (GCC) at Washington State University began in spring 2011. It brings graduate and undergraduate students from all WSU campuses together to form multi-disciplinary teams. Each team’s is asked to develop a solution to an issue currently impacting a global community. Your support of this innovative competition will help send students to the country or regional in which their case is based.
Located in the CUB, the International Center offers intercultural communication opportunities, leadership roles, and a variety of global programs for the campus and community.
The International Center offers a variety of resources:
- Computers and free printing
- Free tea and coffee
- Comfortable lounge with TV and kitchenette
- Quiet study space
For all students and their friends, the International Center is a kind of campus family room—a comfortable, welcoming place where students, faculty and staff can gather to relax, socialize, and study. Here are a few ways to be involved with International Center programs.
Washington State University joined Generation Study Abroad in 2014, a nationwide initiative to increase the number of U.S. postsecondary students who study abroad. This commitment aligns with WSU’s strategic goal to graduate globally engaged citizens. You are invited to help achieve this goal by supporting WSU students who will benefit from study abroad.
WSU currently sends approximately 800 students across the globe each year, which is less than 3 percent of the student body. It is the goal of the Office of International Programs to increase the number of WSU students studying abroad to 1,000 per year by 2019.
The number one reason students and parents do not consider study abroad is cost.
Grants and student loans are traditional financial aid tools used by students with financial need. These tools can also be used for study abroad.
The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15, 2016. After completing the FAFSA, students make an appointment with Student Financial Services to discuss award amount and how to apply this to study abroad. A complete explanation of the financial aid process can be found here.
Study abroad scholarships are available for qualified students on any WSU campus. To qualify for a study abroad scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and complete the Education Abroad Scholarship Application.
More information about WSU Education Abroad programs can be found here.
Due to limited financial aid and scholarships, not all students who qualify for study abroad programs are able to participate. WSU has several study abroad scholarship programs that are open to contributions from donors. These include:
WSU Education Abroad Endowment – Ann Barney. The Barney family established this endowment in memory of WSU student Ann Barney. This scholarship is for all students enrolled in WSU full-time as of the session they will be traveling abroad.
WSU Education Abroad Endowment – Aaron Iverson. The Iverson family established this endowment in 1996 in memory of WSU student Aaron Iverson. This scholarship is for students with financial need who have not previously traveled outside North America and who are philanthropically inclined.
Please consider a contribution to study abroad at WSU. Your gift will ensure that WSU is graduating globally engaged students and preparing them for a brighter future.
Thank you and Go Global Cougs!