This online handbook includes information useful prior to arrival and while you are here. It also offers a bit of information about what's going on locally.

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Willamette University was founded in 1842. The University is located at the edge of downtown Salem right across from the Oregon State Capitol.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), founded in 1909, joined WU in 2021 and is located in downtown Portland.

Willamette University offers a number of interesting areas of education:

Before arriving make sure that you have:

  • A valid passport
  • Valid immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Arrangements for getting to Salem (WU) or downtown Portland (PNCA) from the airport - PDX.
  • Confirmed your flight departure and arrival times with the airline
  • The phone number of the person who is picking you up at the airport, just in case your flight is delayed
  • An umbrella or rain jacket
  • Photos from home with family and friends
  • An adaptor plug if necessary, since plugs aren't the same here as in all countries and making sure electronic devices you bring will work in the U.S.
  • Items that makes you feel at home while you're away from home

As an international student, you will be arriving a couple of days before the rest of the student body. This will give you the opportunity to get to know campus before it gets really crowded. The Office of International Education will provide a REQUIRED orientation for you that will cover all the practical things you need to know like insurance, job possibilities, housing and meal plans, along with many other things.

Contact Us

Voice:  (503) 375-5493 

Email:  International student advising staff

Prior to arrival or just starting? Use the online handbook to find out what to expect.
Already on campus?  Refer to "my EDGE" where you can find important documents for incoming and continuing international students. Access to my EDGE requires WU username and password to log in.
Willamette University

Office of International Education

Global Learning Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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