Admitted International Exchange Students

Welcome to Willamette Willamette University's MBA Program

This Information Directory provides some basic information you will need as you plan for your MBA exchange program at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management. We will keep you up-to-date and informed throughout the coming months.

Be sure to contact us with your questions. Call 503-370-6167 (toll free within the U.S. at 1-866-MBA-AGSM) or email Aimee Akimoff at .

The entire Atkinson School community congratulates you on your admission to the Willamette MBA program and encourages you to join us for a career-building and life-changing experience.


Alex Subert Aimee Akimoff
Sr. Associate Dean Director of Recruitment

Learn More About the Willamette MBA

Academic Calendar for 2015 - 2016

Fall Semester 2015 will begin on Tuesday, August 18th, with Compass Week. Compass Week is required for all new students. New students should plan to arrive in Salem between August 1st and August 13th (or before) so you have time to get settled and rested before school starts. A fun and optional presession will be available on Friday, August 14th.

Fall Semester 2015
Optional Presession Program August 14
Fall Semester Begins August 18
Willamette International Student Orientation (Required) August 18
End of Fall Semester December 18
Spring Semester 2016
Spring Semester Begins January 18
End of Semester May 10
Commencement for Graduating Class of 2016 May 15

Arrival Assistance
An Atkinson School student will pick you up at Portland International Airport (PDX) when you arrive for Willamette's fall semester 2015. Our arrival student liaisons will bring you to Salem, help you find a place to live, start your bank account, etc. We will provide more information about our Arrival Liaison Program and International Student Orientation programs early in the summer of 2015.

International Student Advisor
Christine Andresen, Associate Director of International Education, is your international student advisor. Contact Chris with questions about visa, immigration or health insurance issues. Email or call 503-375-5404.

Willamette University Student ID Number
Your will receive your Willamette University Student Identification Number in an email from Judy O'Neill within a few days of your admission email. You may be asked for your ID number when working with many campus offices because it will expedite their ability to rapidly access your records. Your ID number is private information, so you should not share your ID number with people other than Willamette University employees.

As an exchange student you pay tuition at your home school.

Save on Exchange Rates and Bank Transfer Fees
Willamette University partners with peerTransfer to save international students money on exchange rates and bank fees involved in their payment processes. Using peerTransfer can save students up to $1500 a year. peerTransfer also provides great 24 hour multi-lingual customer support (phone, email, Skype, and chat), quick service, and the opportunity to easily track your payment.

Learn more about peerTransfer at and see a comparison of the costs you will have from peerTransfer versus a typical bank. If you want to use peerTransfer you can access Willamette's page at

Laptop Requirement
All Willamette MBA students are required to have a laptop computer. In some classes you will use your laptop extensively; in others periodically or minimally. Current required laptop specifications are listed below.

* 802.11b or 802.11g wireless LAN capability
* Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
* Recommended RAM of 2G

Special Note #1. Some courses require Windows only software applications that are not available for Mac. In these cases, students will need to provide their own access to an appropriate windows based laptop. In other cases, windows based software is available for Apple OS X Intel based laptops (MacBook and MacPro) that are set up to support the Windows operating system. However, the cost to purchase Windows operating system software and license are the responsibility of the student.

Special Note #2. : If you intend to use a laptop provided by an organization or employer for your MBA course work, be sure the laptop administration is NOT restricted by the organization's IT department. You may be required to install software, make network changes, or make other system configuration changes to your laptop. Laptops with administration lock down or that are only partially configurable will not meet the requirements of this program.

Housing for Exchange Students
We have reserved on-campus housing for exchange students. The Willamette University housing office will email you about reservations. The email address of the housing office is

If you are participating in a two semester exchange at Willamette, you can live on-campus or off-campus. If you choose to live off-campus you should email and tell them you do not want to live on-campus. If you decide to live off-campus, be sure to understand that you will be committed to living off-campus -- there will be no rooms available on-campus at a later date. Please copy on any emails you send to If you are planning to live off-campus check our online Google map and recommendations from students.

We will provide additional and updated information in early summer 2015.

Other resources for information include the Statesman Journal (Classified Ad) and Craigslist

Health Insurance for International Students
All students are required to have health insurance. You will not be required to purchase the Willamette insurance plan if you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan. Complete information about health insurance for international students is available online.

Accessible Education Services
The mission of the Willamette University Accessible Education Services office is to facilitate reasonable accommodations for those students with a qualifying disability or temporary medical condition and to provide academic assistance on an individual basis to any undergraduate or graduate student who requests it. Admitted applicants desiring information regarding accessibility services for Willamette MBA students may go to and follow the procedures listed. Students who have a documented disability requiring accommodation should contact the Accessible Education Services office at 503-370-6471.

Communicate with an MBA Student, Faculty Member or Alumnus
If you would like to communicate with an MBA School student, faculty member and/or alumnus, we will be happy to connect you! To request contact, just email

Changes in Your Mailing Address, Email Address or Telephone Number
If you have a change in your mailing address, email address or telephone number, be sure to tell us so we can continue to keep you informed of important information. Email changes to

Willamette University Resource Directory

Atkinson School -- Admission Office

Associate Dean and
Director of Admission

Judy O’Neill
Director of Recruitment Aimee Akimoff
Admission Counselor Matt Alex
Telephone 503-370-6167
Toll Free/US 1-866-MBA-AGSM
Fax 503-370-3011
General email
Admitted Student Web Page
Mailing Address Admission Office
Atkinson Graduate School of Management
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
International Student Advising
Contact Chris Andresen
Associate Director of International Education
Telephone 503-375-5404
Fax 503-370-6565
Web Site
Financial Aid Office
Contact Shanan Woods
Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Telephone 503-370-6273
Toll Free/US 1-877-744-3736
Fax 503-370-6588
General email
Mailing Address Financial Aid Office
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
On-Campus Housing – Housing and Conferences Office
Telephone 503-370-6212
Fax 503-370-6709
Accessible Education Services
Contact Lorie Fontaine
Telephone 503-370-6471
Multi-Cultural Affairs
Telephone 503-370-6265

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