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Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University (EWU) is a driving force for the culture, economy, and vitality of the Inland Northwest region. Our beautiful campus, NCAA Division I athletics, and opportunities for hands-on, real-world learning provide a classic, yet unique college experience for students wishing to study in the USA.
Facts at a Glance
Student experience at Eastern Washington University
  • EWU has a student population of 12,279 (55% female, 45% male, 4% international students), including 1,062 graduate students.
  • EWU offers 39 different graduate programs across many academic areas.
  • EWU participates in NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference Athletics, with six men’s and eight women’s intercollegiate teams. We’re the Eagles, and our mascot is named Swoop.
  • EWU's Recreation Center features a rock climbing wall, ice rink, and some of the best food on campus. Healthy bodies lead to healthy minds.
  • Eastern is one of only three universities in the USA with a research facility in a national wildlife refuge. Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is just minutes from campus.
  • EWU's outdoor club, EPIC Adventures, offers backpacking, camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, ice climbing, and more. If it's human powered and outdoors, EPIC does it.
  • EWU runs the largest annual film and literary festivals - SPIFF and Get Lit! - in eastern Washington.
  • The Princeton Review has ranked EWU's College of Business and Public Administration as one of its Best Business Schools in 2017.
Graduate programs at EWU are offered primarily at our main campus in Cheney, Washington (USA) and our smaller second campus in the city of Spokane, Washington (17 miles/27 kilometers from Cheney).
Cheney is a safe, quiet town nestled among sky-blue lakes, rolling hills, and pristine wildlife refuges. Our main campus in Cheney covers 300 acres in a park-like setting with rolling wheat fields just steps from campus. With a population of 10,790, Cheney is smaller than the EWU student body, and campus is the heart of town. It's also a town that understands the nocturnal habits of college students, so you're going to enjoy all the late-night pizza, burgers, and tacos you need to fuel your study sessions.

The city of Spokane has a population of approximately 210,000, yet the population of the broader metropolitan area is more than 500,000. EWU’s Spokane campus is located in the heart of Spokane’s University District and near the city’s downtown business district. Spokane is a business, cultural, and entertainment hub of the United States’ Inland Northwest. The city motto of Spokane is “Near Nature. Near Perfect.” Students love our safe, beautiful community that has plenty to offer in your free time: nightlife, shopping, parks, museums, art galleries, concerts, theatre, and sporting events. We have abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, too, including skiing, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and golfing.

Whether you’re in Cheney or Spokane, getting around is easy. Public bus transportation is free for students, but if you have a car, traffic is friendly too. Either way, Cheney and Spokane are only 20 minutes apart.

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International Students
EWU recommends that international students apply six months before they hope to enroll in a graduate program. For information about applying to EWU as an international graduate student, please visit

International students may enroll in the Graduate Preparation Program offered by the English Language Institute as an alternative to EWU’s English proficiency requirements. It is a calendar-year-long, intensive program focused on developing English discussion skills and written communication skills necessary for EWU graduate programs. For more information, please visit

After you enroll at EWU, the Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) is your first and best resource for making the transition to the United States. OGI provides unique services just for international students:
  • New student orientations
  • Information about housing
  • Employment information
  • Student travel information
  • Help with maintaining your legal status in the United States
  • Academic advising
  • Connections to academic support services
Visit to find helpful information about life as an international student at EWU.

EWU’s Global Ambassadors (GAs) are current international or domestic student trained in cross-cultural communication and basic student immigration regulations. GAs help international students adapt to EWU and the U.S. In addition to meeting the student at the airport upon arrival, EWU's GAs provide:
  • English language conversation practice
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Shopping trips
This student club meets often during the academic year for game nights, movie nights, and dinners. ISA also sponsors large events like the annual Halloween Dance and World Party.

EWU has eight safe, secure on-campus residence halls in Cheney, featuring high-speed Internet, community lounges, cable television, laundry services, and dedicated staff. Among their on-campus housing options, international students may choose to live in EWU's Global Connections Living Learning Community in Streeter Hall.
Cost of Attendance for Graduate International Students
You must submit official bank or financial statements, along with any necessary original letters of financial support, to verify your ability to fund one year of study at EWU, currently $45,000. This figure covers tuition as well as estimated housing, food, and miscellaneous expenses. English translations of all documents are required.
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