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Western Washington University

Available places: 0 places for Spring semester 2025.

Established: 1893
Number of students: 16,000
Student life: The university has over 200 student clubs to engage in and there are also a number of sports clubs. The Associated Students Outdoor Center offers a variation of outdoor activities for students, employees and alumni. The activities include snowshoeing, kayaking, ice climbing and white water rafting.

College of Fine and Performing Arts that is part of the university organises 300 performances annually.

About Bellingham

Bellingham is located in Whatcom County in the state of Washington, between Seattle and Vancouver. There are approximately 90,000 inhabitants. It is a picturesque town known for its proximity to nature, including the San Juan Islands archipelago to the west of Bellingham and the Cascade Mountains to the south.

In Whatcom Falls Park there are several waterfalls leading from Lake Whatcom to Bellingham Bay.

Information from Western Washington University

Closed programmes:
All courses on graduate level
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Programmes and courses with limited access:
College of Business
Computer Science
English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
Environmental Studies
Health and Recreation
Physical Education
Political Science

Audition or portfolio is required for admission to some Music and Art classes. All Physical Education classes have additional charges. Online courses are not available for exchange students.

Full time studies (corresponding to 30 hp):
24 credits. Minimum full-time workload per quarter is 12 credits. Students must take two quarters for it to correspond one semester at Umeå University. 

Course levels:
100–299: Lower division
300-499: Upper division

The first digit of a course number indicates its intended class level.
100-199: first year courses, 200-299: second etc.

Course types: 1-4 credit courses = quarter courses

Academic year
Fall quarter: Sept–Dec
Winter+Spring quarter: Jan–March–June

Students can only apply for the Winter- and Spring Quarter.  
The two quarters equal one semester at Umeå University.

Students can apply for on-campus accommodation. Exchange students are housed in on-campus, four-person Birnam Wood Apartments, or Buchanan Towers. Single rooms are available; however the student is responsible for the additional cost.

Incoming Exchange Student Budget - two quarters 

One-time WWU International Student Support Fee: 300
International student health insurance: 866 
Books and supplies: 784 
Birnam Wood apartments*: 3,240 
Meal plan*: 4,000 
Transportation: 1,280 
Personal expenses: 1,780 

Total: 12,250 dollars 

*Apartments have kitchens so students can prepare own meals.
**Meal plan is optional.

Note: All amounts are in U.S. dollars. Amounts listed are estimates only and subject to change at any time.


International student and scholar service

Course information

Student grants and loans for studies outside of Sweden

You may be entitled to student grants and loans from CSN when studying abroad.

As the cost of living and accommodation may be higher abroad, you can apply for an extra loan known as an additional loan for studies abroad.

You can also apply for an additional loan to cover additional costs, i.e. travel and insurance costs. 

Latest update: 2024-05-31