International Youth Programs

Western has welcomed international youth programs for more than ten years. Through interactive courses and activities, youth in grades 4-12 have enhanced their English language skills, expanded their academic knowledge, and experienced American culture.

Group of international students pose in front of Mt Baker and Picture Lake on a beautiful sunny day.

Western Washington University offers a safe, friendly and beautiful environment for your group to explore. Our experienced staff will work with your organization to create a customized 2-4 week program that meets your needs and goals - whether it is from joining local students in our existing programs or a completely customized program, we invite you explore all that Western Youth Programs has to offer.

Visiting groups can choose to participate with local students either by enrolling in existing programs or through the creation of a customized program with local student ambassadors. Each option ensures that international youth have the opportunity to interact with domestic students.

Custom Programming (Grades 4-12)

Western Youth Programs is happy to work with your organization to create customized programming that meets the needs of your students.  Programs can be designed just for your students, or integrated into an existing youth program to allow for learning alongside American students.

Contact us to inquire about custom programming for your organization.

Customized programs often include the following components:

  • Specialized curriculum
  • Relationship-building activities
  • Access to specialized labs and college classrooms
  • Recreational activities
  • Field trips to community attractions
  • Weekend excursions

Sample themes from previous years include:

  • Rocketry
  • Geology
  • Vehicle Design
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • High School physics, environmental science or engineering

Sample Schedule

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast in the cafeteria

9 a.m.

Academic enrichment in science or art


Lunch in the cafeteria

1 p.m.

ESL, American culture or recreation

5:15 p.m.

Dinner in the cafeteria

7 p.m.

Evening tutoring or activities

Sample Custom Programs

Global Connections combines morning hands-on science enrichment with afternoon recreation for a full day of learning with local students. One full day field trip is planned during the weekly session.

Korea High School Program offers half-day STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) courses with a half-day English language and American Culture class.  Local student volunteers participate during class, recreational and social times.

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