Study Abroad

Where In The World Will WSU Tri-Cities Take You?

The answer depends on where you want to go – no matter where it is, we have a way to get you there.

Study abroad will transform your college experience, your future career, and your life. Students who travel learn about themselves, broaden their worldview, and learn how to approach problems solving from different perspectives.  Whether you go for a week, a summer, or a semester you will gain confidence, empathy, and cultural awareness, all of which will inform your academic experience and prepare you to enter an increasingly globalized workforce.

It’s never too early to plan your study abroad.

Start Your International Journey

First Steps

Apply for a U.S. Passport.  Start this step as soon as possible because processing can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months AFTER you plan to return from your program.

Attend a Global Cougs 101 session to learn more about Global Learning opportunities. Sessions are available via video from Pullman and will be coming soon to the Tri-Cities campus.

Research options on the WSU Global Learning website and in the Global Learning Resource Room.

Meet with your Academic Advisor to determine the best time to go abroad and develop a degree plan.

Meet with our International Student Coordinator to discuss your options and the application process.

Talk with your family – they may be important sources of financial and decision-making support.


Figure out your program budget – be sure to include programs fees and estimated additional expenses, such as airfare, personal travel, and personal expenses.

Ensure that you know your payment deadlines and how you plan to pay for your program.

Meet with Student Financial Services to discuss your current award amount and what sources are applicable Education Abroad opportunities (if applicable).

Contact Student Financial Services to verify that your funds are applicable for Education Abroad.


Complete an application for WSU in MyStudyAbroad.

The WSU application is REQUIRED for all education abroad programs receiving credit

Students not receiving credit are required to complete and International Travel Registry

Please be aware that after the application deadline has passed or you have “committed” to your program, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by WSU

Complete the application for your specific program, by visiting the program’s website or by meeting with the International Student Coordinator. Note: A separate application is NOT required for Faculty-Led Programs.

Check your MyStudyAbroad homepage AND WSU email frequently for application updates.

International Travel Preparations

Meet with a medical professional to ensure your immunizations are current, and that you are aware of recommended immunizations or medications for the region where you are studying.

Verify that you have enough medication to last for the duration of your program and that your medications are considered legal in your host country.

Research if your program will require a visa in addition to your passport (REQUIRED for most countries). Purchase airfare when instructed by your program. There may be specific travel dates or recommended flights. Verify that you have INTERNATIONAL health insurance.

Consider giving Power of Attorney to a family member, or adding them to your bank account. Attend a REQUIRED WSU Pre-Departure Orientation.

Contact your credit card company and bank BEFORE departure to learn about international transaction fees and notify them that you will use your credit card or debit card abroad.

Pack Light! Lay out everything you want to take and divide it in half, and then divide it in half again.

Application Phases


  • Create an application by logging onto MyStudyAbroad
  • Search for your chosen program and click “Apply Now”
  • Submit or upload the required documents
  • Please note that the Course Pre-Approval Form, the Program Acceptance Letter, and the copy of your valid passport can be submitted during the “Committed Phase”


  • Signature documents
  • Questionnaires
  • BEGIN working on the Course or Internship Pre-Approval Form

Withdrawal Policy

You can withdraw your application online with no penalty PRIOR to the application deadline and BEFORE you commit to your program.


  • After you have completed the items required in the Application Phase, your conduct record and GPA will be checked, and your application will be reviewed
  • You will either be accepted or asked to complete further steps
  • Once accepted, you will need to decline or commit to your program


  • Signature documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Continue working on the Course or Internship Pre- Approval Form

Withdrawal Policy

You can withdraw your application online with no penalty PRIOR to the application deadline.


  • Once you commit, your application will be processed by the Global Learning Department
  • You MUST complete any remaining application items at this phase
  • Application and international health insurance fees will be charged to your student account


  • Signature document
  • Questionnaires
  • Self-Assessment Medical Form
  • Upload copy of valid passport
  • Copy of Acceptance Letter
  • Course/Internship Pre-Approval Form

Withdrawal Policy

  • You can no longer withdraw your application online without penalty AFTER you commit to your program AND the deadline passes.
  • To withdraw, please contact the Global Learning Department.
  • No application fee will be incurred IF you withdraw BEFORE the deadline.


The Global Learning Department will enroll you in EA 300 placeholder credits
Program fees may appear on your student account if you are participating in a Faculty-Led program or exchange
The Global Learning Department will supply your Program Expense Form to the Financial Aid Office (if applicable)


You will be notified of the MANDATORY Pre-Departure Orientation

Withdrawal Policy

You can no longer withdraw your application online. To withdraw, please contact the Global Learning Department. You will be responsible for the application fee and international health insurance AFTER the deadline has passed.

Application Deadlines

WSU Application DeadlinesMay 1stApril 1stNovember 1st
WSU Exchange ProgramsMarch 1stMarch 1stOctober 1st
ISEP Exchange Program DeadlinesFebruary 1stFebruary 1stSeptember 1st
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