Study abroad

Include a study abroad experience in your academic journey! Students from WSU have studied on all seven continents through the WSU Study Abroad Program.

ELCA works closely with Pullman-based Global Learning advisors to assist you with this enriching educational experience.

Get started—attend Global Cougs 101

Attend a mandatory, virtual Global Cougs 101 information session to get started.

Register online

Global Cougs 101 is available for WSU students enrolled in the current or upcoming academic term.

Plan your global experience

Before you apply

  1. Apply for or renew your passport. Processing can take anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks.
  2. Sign up and attend a Global Cougs 101 session on the WSU Vancouver campus.
  3. Research and explore options abroad on the WSU Global Learning website.
  4. Meet with your academic advisor to determine the best time to go abroad and develop a course plan.
  5. Contact a Global Learning advisor in Pullman to discuss your options and the application process.
  6. Review funding options to assist in financing your program.


Your state and federal financial aid awards can help cover the cost of studying abroad. Visit the Funding Options website to learn more. If you haven’t already, apply for financial aid.

  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • If you plan to study abroad during the summer, see information on summer financial aid.
  • Make an appointment with Student Financial Services to discuss your anticipated award amount and how it can be applied to education abroad. Visit the Cougar Center on the upper level of the Student Services Center or call 360-546-9779 to schedule your appointment.
  • Review the complete explanation of the financial aid for study abroad process.
  • Set up a direct deposit authorization in myWSU so that your funds can be deposited electronically around the world.

Review deadlines and expenses

Make sure you know your payment deadlines and how you plan to pay for your program. You may need to pay some expenses—such as application fees, program deposits, airfare, passport, visa, etc.—before your financial aid is disbursed.

Global experience commitment

WSU Vancouver is committed to supporting your academic experience by expanding opportunities, encouraging college commitment, increasing funding and eliminating barriers. A global experience adds meaningful skills to your resume, broadens perspectives, and builds language and cultural competencies.

We look forward to seeing you in Global Cougs 101. Go Global Cougs!