International student arrival and study abroad moving forward

Contact: Kris Lou

Willamette welcomes new international students and resumes sending students abroad.

We bring you promising news amidst the ongoing challenges of vaccinating, masking, quarantining and isolating, hand washing and distancing, visas approved and denied, borders opened and closed and dreams dashed and resurrected.

This fall semester we return to welcoming new international students and to sending WU students out to foreign locations. True, the numbers are not yet at the pre-COVID levels (the American Studies Program, for example, will begin anew fall '22), but those who are coming and going are to be congratulated for their perseverance and determination in the face of unending changes and challenges of multiple bureaucracies, regulations and restrictions.

Congratulations are also in order to the Office of International Education (OIE) staff and all other faculty and staff at WU and Pacific Northwest College of Art for their own dedication to all of the students noted below. And a congratulations to so many more students who tried, but ultimately were unable, to get here through no fault of their own (countries closing borders, partners shuttering programs, reduced or canceled visa appointments for incoming students) to fulfill their dreams of studying at WU or abroad from WU.

Every single student represented below is matched two- or threefold by those who were ultimately forced to withdraw. The outcome for this fall was a result of OIE staff working tirelessly with each individual often for well over a year now as each obstacle arose, was resolved, then changed, resolved again, and again, and again. We are also extremely appreciative of everyone's efforts in support of these inbound international students and outbound study abroad students. Office of Admission, Housing, the registrar, academic advisors, Student Accounts, Bishop Wellness Center, legal counsel, to name just a few, have all shown impressive dedication to "figuring it out" and "making it work."

Our new international students have already begun to arrive to study in the following WU schools:

  • CAS new degree-seeking: 4 PLUS new to campus after a first year remote: 3
  • CAS exchange for a semester or year: 8
  • PNCA undergrad exchange: 4
  • PNCA degree-seeking undergrad: 3
  • PNCA degree-seeking grad: 4
  • AGSM degree-seeking: 5
  • AGSM exchange: 2
  • Law degree-seeking JD: 4

TOTAL: 37 new international students representing:

  • Afghanistan
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Denmark
  • England
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Zimbabwe

WU Students Studying Abroad Fall 2021

As of this writing, 19 undergrad CAS, 1 undergrad PNCA, and 11 AGSM students will be studying this fall semester in the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Morocco
  • Scotland
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Wales

Once again, congratulations to all of these students and a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to helping these students succeed. 


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