Western Kentucky University's vision is to be A Leading American University with International Reach. WKU prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. Learn more about the exciting ways we are enhancing our international reach.
WKU hosts over 1200 international undergraduate and graduate students from 70 different countries. From our wide array of programs of study to our beautiful hilltop locale, we want to give you every opportunity to succeed both in career and in life. Learn about International Admissions and explore our variety of International Student Services.
The Chinese Flagship program is designed to bring talented students who start with no knowledge of Chinese up to Superior levels of proficiency by the time they graduate from college. The Confucius Institute at WKU promotes understanding of Chinese language and culture through children's programming, training courses, cultural workshops, and events.
The Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning serves the WKU community by engaging students, faculty, and staff in diverse, educational, and cultural experiences through faculty-led, exchange, consortia, and other study abroad opportunities. Additionally, WKU has students in more than 40 countries around the world through distance learning programs and the Kentucky Institute for International Studies.
The Office of International Programs serves to enhance WKU's international profile by working closely with students, faculty, and staff, both domestic and foreign. The office also coordinates the International Year Of... program, intended to provide the WKU campus and surrounding community with a rich, complex sense of place and interconnectedness through a year-long celebration and emphasis on a single region/country.
WKU is proud to have strong global education partnerships. ESLI is focused on preparing students from non-English speaking countries to successfully enter and study at North American universities. Navitas offers International Students an alternative pathway into WKU undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
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