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Information for United Kingdom students

Welcome to Western Oregon University. We are proud of our past and excited about our future. Western Oregon University (WOU) was established in 1856, three years before Oregon became the 33rd state in United States of America. Just as WOU set the example of higher education in Oregon in the 19th century, the university is leading the way in the 21st century.


The world has become interconnected and interdependent in nearly every imaginable manner. A roundtrip from London to Portland, Oregon can cost as low as £400. Business, politics, entertainment, the environment and education are now global activities. Students will need to be prepared to interact and succeed in this highly dynamic and multinational environment and a degree from WOU will help prepare you for a successful future.


WOU offers over 40 academic programmes each with a strong focus on student learning and preparation for career success. Our campus facilities are a purposeful blend of established building which are continually upgraded for the latest instructional technology and state-of-the-art buildings, such as our newest, most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable residence hall, (Ackerman Hall), and a brand new campus health and wellness center.

Questions??? Contact Karen Sullivan-Vance, at

Interviews with students will be scheduled for the UK 14 November - 21 November.
Please contact Karen Sullivan-Vance if you would like to schedule a time to meet.

WOU is located in the small community of Monmouth. This incredibly safe and scenic location is less than one hour from the Oregon coast and two hours from the mountains. The state capital, Salem, is located 20 minutes to the east. Portland, home of Nike and Oregon’s many high technology corporations, is 75 minutes north of campus.


landscape of campus

WOU is recognized as a leader in international education. Nearly six percent of our student body is comprised of students from other nations. Our Office of International Students and Scholars is the headquarters for all services aimed specifically for international students.


We are confident that you will find WOU to be an outstanding opportunity to develop skills and insights that will prepare you for a successful career in the global community of the 21st century. Please contact us to see how we can support your entry and success at WOU.


Contact International Students and Scholars Affairs
Telephone: 00 + 1 503 838 8425 | fax: 00 + 1 503 838 8338 |




The Health and Wellness Center has added nearly 80,000 square feet of recreational and athletic space to campus.



WOU named among "top ten" in book evaluating higher education in the U.S.

WOU was included in a top ten list of universities that are doing things right in a recent book called “Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids” by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus. The book detailed many of WOU’s strengths and declared the university a positive example of a higher education institution. Click here for the news release.

WOU receives advising recognition for third year in a row
Dr. Marita Cardinal and Karen Sullivan-Vance both received awards for their outstanding academic advising from the National Academic Advising Association. This is the third consecutive year WOU staff and faculty have been recognized.
Click here to read the entire story.

WOU listed in Parade Magazine's top ten
In fall 2010, Parade Magazine announced that Western Oregon University is among the top 20 small schools in the country. "This state university has small class sizes and exceptional support services for first generation college sudents and students with disabilities...With [NCAA] Division 2 athletics and great school spirit, Western Oregon has a strong sense of community."


The Office of Admissions toll-free at 1-877-877-1593 | or e-mail:
Location: APSC room 408

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