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CWU Welcomes Students From Around the World

As an international student, you’ll feel welcome from your first day at Central Washington University. That’s because CWU does everything possible to smooth your transition to campus life in beautiful Washington state. Currently, there are almost 500 international students representing 54 countries on campus. We offer more than 135 accredited majors including many award-winning, top-rated programs. From majors such as business, computer science, engineering technology, and physics to biology, theater, aviation, and even craft brewing – you’re sure to find just the major you want. You’ll also find a full range of graduate degree programs at CWU.

CWU has five campuses that serve as host sites for international students, including our main campus in Ellensburg, Washington. Ellensburg is a small town with a safe campus environment and free campus/town bus service. But, if you miss the fast-paced life of the city, Seattle is just 90 minutes away with a daily bus shuttle available.

CWU provides full support and resources for our international students, including advising, immigration services, advocacy, education abroad program management, English language training, designated prayer area, and special excursions to Washington attractions.

Why International Students Choose CWU

Priority Application Dates

Once you decide which quarter you want to start college at CWU, make sure you submit all required transcripts, application, and other documentation by the Priority Application Deadline.



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Five CWU Campuses to serve you!

CWU is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Ellensburg, Washington, which is an easy 90-minute drive from Seattle, Washington’s largest and most popular city. Central provides higher education opportunities across Washington with campuses located throughout the state. In fact, five of those campuses are US approved international student host sites located in Ellensburg, Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake and Pierce County.


  • Microsoft
  • Starbucks
  • Boeing
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Google
  • Alaska Airlines
  • CH Robinson
  • Worldwide Enterprise Rental Car
  • Nike
  • Mövenpick

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