On this web site you can find practical information you need to know before and after coming here and also a bit about what's going on in Salem. Willamette University was founded in 1842. We have approximately 2,500 students attending at any given time. The University is located at the edge of downtown Salem right across from the Oregon State Capitol.

Willamette University offers a number of interesting areas of education:

Before arriving at Willamette you should make sure that you have:

  • A valid passport
  • Valid immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Arrangements for getting to Salem from the airport 
  • 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 

Fax:  (503) 370-6565 

Email:  International student advising staff

This online handbook includes information useful prior to arrival and a bit of information for after arrival. Use the left navigation to view the various topics in the handbook

Once you are on campus, you may find it more helpful to refer to "my EDGE" where you can find important documents for incoming and continuing international students (requires WU username and password to log in from here).

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