Group of international students

Greetings from ISSS! 

International students and scholars are valued members of the Western community.

We welcome about 180 international students from over 35 countries.

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Fundraiser for International Student Support!

We have an ongoing fundraiser for international students who have financial emergencies. This fund will go 100% to support…

ISSS office hours

This ISSS office is open for drop-in hours and also available for virtual appointments or via email.  

In-person:  We have…

International Activities

Global Gourmets Banquet

student presenters and chef at the banquet

Every winter quarter, student volunteers work with the University's executive chef to reproduce authentic dishes from their home countries, which form the centerpiece of this elegant event.

people kayaking on a body of water

Current Western students may join any quarter and participate as much as your schedule allows.  To join, complete the International buddies Program Application Form.  The program coordinators will contact you and pair you with a buddy who shares some of your interests. 

group of students at Ebey's Landing

Western’s International Buddy Program is designed to help the new International students transition smoothly to Western’s campus and Bellingham, and to create opportunities make global friendships and share cultures. The program coordinators organize a number of group activities every quarter—most are free or low-cost!

Meet ISSS Students

Emily sailing

Major:  Communication Disorders

I fell in love with Lakewood, Western’s facility on Lake Whatcom, and joined Western's sailing team. I had never sailed before but the team was willing to teach me. Today, they are the biggest family I have here in Bellingham.

Emily Tsan
student in ISSS office

Major: Cybersecurity

Many students in our program competed on the Collegiate Cyber Defense Club. We had fun and got experience with real-life applications. The competitions were in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where we also got to meet big sponsors such as Boeing, Google, NSA, and the Department of Defense.

Ky Tran