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Central Washington University

Check whether Central Washington University is right for you as an international student.

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Ellensburg, USA
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Study abroad at Central Washington University

Central Washington University (CWU) is a four-year public university located in the friendly city of Ellensburg. The University delivers practical and professional learning experiences so students can excel in a global marketplace.

Studying at CWU means you’ll have over 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees at your fingertips. The spectrum of programs on offer is vast, but some of the most popular study areas include business, engineering, biology, psychology, and music.

The University’s 380-acre campus is one of the most picturesque in the Pacific Northwest. As well as impressive educational and recreational facilities, the campus features plenty of green space and outdoor scenery.

CWU is proudly known as the home of the Wildcats. The 13 athletics teams compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in sports like football, basketball, and volleyball. Don’t worry if you’re not a sports fan, there are another 125 student clubs and organizations to keep you busy.

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Why study at CWU?

  • Affordability

    With average tuition fees of $3,000 per year, CWU is ranked as one of the west’s top 35 affordable schools (Washington Monthly College Guide, 2019)

  • Tailored learning experience

    The University had average class sizes of 25 and a student-staff ratio of 19:1

  • Scholarship opportunities

    The University awards over $55 million annually in student scholarships

  • Celebrating diversity

    CWU has been awarded the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award for the fifth time in six years (INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine, 2019)

Life as an international student

You’ll be welcomed with open arms into CWU’s already international student community. The University is buzzing with diversity, and 54 nationalities are represented on campus.

CWU’s extensive network of support services will help you to feel at home in no time. Staff at the International Office can support you with all manner of practical, academic, and emotional concerns. They provide guidance with everything from visas and passports to housing and employment.

As well as a series of welcome events and orientation activities, you’ll also be invited on excursions to Washington’s famous tourist attractions. These trips will help you learn more about your new home and American culture more generally.

On top of all this, you’ll have access to specialist immigration services and a designated prayer area.

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Fees and funding

  • Undergraduate tuition

    $24,503 per year

  • Graduate tuition

    $24,966 per year

International Student Scholarship

Available for Incoming/new undergraduate and graduate international students. The award amount is up to $12,800 based on academic merit. (GPA of 2.70 for undergraduate 3.0 for graduate)

No separate application required. Your official, overall, incoming grade will be automatically assessed for scholarship eligibility.

Additional scholarships can be stackable on top of the international student scholarships.

Graduate assistantships are available and students can get up to full tuition.


Central Washington University

400 E University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926, United States

Central Washington University's main campus is located in Ellensburg, Washington. Ellensburg is at the heart of Washington State, nestled in the Kittitas Valley.

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