We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the University of Washington Bothell and our admission process. The information we provide in this International Admissions section is for international students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents and plan to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. This includes applicants that hold F-1 student visas, J-1 exchange visitor visas, or other non immigrant classifications. If you have dual U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent residency, refugee status, or political asylum, you are not considered an international student. If you have applied for U.S. permanent residency (i.e., green card) and you anticipate it will be approved before enrolling at the UW Bothell, you should not apply as an international student but as a domestic First-Year, Transfer, or Post-Baccalaureate.
International applications are reviewed by our trained international admission specialists. In some cases, our admission specialists also review the applications of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and refugees who were educated outside of the United States.
Undergraduate-level studies in the U.S. lead to the first university degree, a Bachelor’s degree either in Art or Science. A bachelor’s degree in any field of study generally takes four years to complete and includes general academic course work and course work in a specific area of academic interest. Students seeking undergraduate studies either have or will complete secondary-level education or are planning to transfer from another college or university, but have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
Students who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent may be eligible for graduate-level studies. Graduate study leads to a master’s degree, doctoral degree, or other professional degrees. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and would like information on graduate studies, please see our webpage on graduate programs
At the UW Bothell, international undergraduates fall into one of the following categories. Please read the following definitions to determine which category you should use for applying.
- International First-Year: A student who has completed or will complete secondary school (high school) but has not yet attended any college or university. If you have completed high school and plan to enroll in college classes before attending the UW Bothell, you should apply as a transfer student. If you are taking college-level courses while you are still attending high school, apply as a first-year.
- International Transfer: A student who is attending or has attended any post-secondary institution but has not yet completed a four-year bachelor’s degree. If you are planning to enroll at any college or university before attending the UW, even if it is for one term only, you will be considered an international transfer applicant.
- International Post Baccalaureate (fifth-year student): A student who has completed or will complete a four-year bachelor’s degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling at UW Bothell.
Admission to Majors
All first-year applicants are initially admitted to the university and not into specific programs and majors. Transfer students may be admitted directly to a major depending on how many transfer credits are granted. Transfer students who satisfy the prerequisites for the major and/or who have 135 or more quarter credits granted must apply directly to the major.
Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into a specific major program or college. In all cases, admission to intended majors is a separate procedure, application, and/or review process. Most programs have additional GPA, prerequisite course work, and/or other requirements. To learn more about the admission expectations, requirements, and procedures for the major or program of interest to you, consult the program of study