Western offers a great education as well as a memorable experience to international students. International students are finding that there are numerous benefits to starting their education at a community college. Among those benefits are saving money, smaller class sizes and one-on-one assistance--all things that led to Western being named the third best community college in the U.S. Studying at a community college doesn’t mean limited options. Topics as diverse as radiology and geographic information systems are among the learning opportunities you’ll find at Western. Opportunities are almost limitless and pave the path for you to continue your education at a four year institution if desired
Western offers an Intensive English Program for students who wish to study English full-time or for those who are fairly proficient but need to build their skills through a class or two while taking regular college classes. The Intensive English Program and English as a Second Language are great choices for students who want to study English and return to their country, students who want to study English in preparation for degree studies at Western or a 4-year university or students who want to build a specific skill such as listening or conversation.
Several documents are required of international students starting with a photocopy of the passport page which lists the student's full name. All international students must have medical insurance. Proof of international medical coverage or Western’s insurance is required. College insurance is included in the international student deposit. International students are required to take an English fluency test and provide official transcripts. A financial guarantee is also required. Some scholarships are available for international students and campus employment is also offered in various positions.
The International Student Club at Western is dedicated to promoting the international spirit among students, the campus community and local community at large. The goal is to help international students who are to assimilate into American life. The club meets each week to plan fund raisers, club activities, field trips, and casual events. Members from any country, including the United States, are welcome to join. One of the best club activities is International Night, a fantastic night of great food and wonderful entertainment. The club members plan and serve an ethnic meal. Each item on the menu is from a different country represented by the various students in the club. International students also provide various forms of entertainment. This community event grows and improves each year.