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Study abroad at the University of the West

The University of the West is a private Buddhist institution in Los Angeles, California. It offers an enriching, diverse educational experience to students from all around the world. It strives to promote the principles of wisdom, compassion, and personal transformation through education.

The University offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs in fields like business administration, psychology, religious studies, and liberal arts. The teaching approach combines theory with insightful teachings inspired by Buddhist wisdom.

International students have access to various on-campus facilities like spacious classrooms, a resourceful library, peaceful meditation areas, and serene outdoor areas for relaxation - it's an incredible place to be.

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Why study at the University of the West

  • Inclusive community

    The University prides itself on creating a welcoming environment that respects and values diversity

  • Top staff

    Learn from respected professors and academics

  • Great location

    Los Angeles is a popular destination with many opportunities


University of the West

1409 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770, United States

Los Angeles is a thriving international city with lots to see and explore. Overseas students can explore iconic landmarks, stunning beaches, popular restaurants, and excellent social venues - it's a perfect student city.

Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition

    US$13,560 per year

  • Graduate tuition

    US$12,546 per year


Lotus Scholarship

  • Amount

    US$6,000 per year for undergraduate students and US$7,000 per year for graduate students

  • Requirements

    A renewable scholarship. Students must matriculate into an eligible program at UWest and demonstrate excellent academic merit

President's Scholarship

  • Amount

    Full cost of tuition waived for up to 15 undergraduate or 12 graduate units per semester

  • Requirements

    An annual award for degree-seeking students with a minimum 3.5/3.75 GPA (undergraduate/graduate) who also demonstrate outstanding leadership characteristics

Dream Scholarship

  • Amount

    US$10,000 per year

  • Requirements

    A need-based scholarship for select first-time undocumented students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students must have a high school GPA of 2.8 or above and demonstrate exceptional financial need

Dean's Scholarship

  • Amount

    Recipients will have the tuition of up to 7.5 undergraduate or 6 graduate units waived each semester

  • Requirements

    The Dean’s Scholarship is an annual award for students with a minimum 3.2/3.5 GPA (undergraduate/graduate) who demonstrate exceptional leadership ability

UWest Scholarship

  • Amount

    Up to US$1,000 per semester

  • Requirements

    Offered to full-time, degree-seeking students who show academic merit, leadership, integrity, service and exceptional value to the University

Visa requirements for the University of the West

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey.

Life at the University of the West

The University of the West is home to a diverse student body. International students have countless opportunities to build friendships and relationships with people from different countries and cultures.

The University offers a variety of on-campus residences for international students. There are also plenty of off-campus housing options available nearby. The University's housing team can provide handy accommodation advice and resources.

The international office at the University of the West assists overseas students with anything they need. Whether you need help with a visa application or advice on cultural adjustment, there's always someone available to talk to.

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