By facilitating a diverse range of programs across ages and educational levels, Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) provides outstanding educational access and opportunity for the region, state, nation and world.

OCE provides support for WWU locations.

Academy for Lifelong Learning

Inspired by the belief that a curious mind never retires, the Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) is a volunteer-led community providing a variety of educational and cultural programs in a pressure-free environment. Learn more at Academy for Lifelong Learning

Conference Services

Expert event coordinators help with your event planning needs, whether in-person or digital/virtual. We assist with events of many types including conferences, academic and scientific meetings, symposiums, trainings, and workshops. Learn more about Conference Services.

Language and Culture Programs

Western's Language and Culture Programs enriches Western's community with international and cultural exchange programs. Join one of our existing programs, or work with our team to design a customized language and culture program that meets your needs. Learn more about Language and Culture programs.

Intensive English Program
Whether preparing to study in the U.S., looking to further your professional career, or learning English for the sake of learning, IEP prepares you for learning success. Classes are taught by highly-trained instructors. Learn more about IEP.

Custom International Programs
Whether looking for an immersive social experience, a cultural exchange, or professional leadership training experience, we can customize a program for you or your group. CIP specializes in working with universities, schools, professional organizations, and companies. Learn more Custom International Programs.

Asia University American Program
Western Washington University’s Asia University America Program (AUAP) is a 5-month English language and culture immersion program. It offers a premiere career development and leadership focus. Learn more at AUAP

Professional and Continuing Education

Professional and Continuing Education provides a range of options to help people achieve their career and professional goals. From professional certificates and bootcamps to test preparation programs and short courses, Western PCE provides the means to advance or revision your career. Learn more about our PCE Programs.

SEA Discovery Center

SEA Discovery Center serves the community as a marine environmental education resource for school districts, families and learners of all ages. Learn more about the SEA Discovery Center.

Special Courses

Academic Year Self-Sustaining Courses
Western offers special courses for students that are looking for additional options during the academic year. Courses and programs are offered in a variety of topics ranging from one-credit PE activity offerings, a MGMT Career Preparation course, SMNR Designing a Life You Love, ART courses for non-majors and more… Classes are in the classroom and online. 
Learn more about Special Courses.

Faculty-led Study USA Programs
An opportunity for students to have hands-on study and service learning experiences in locations across the United States while earning Western credits. A variety of programs are offered and led by Western faculty throughout the year.
 Learn more at Faculty-Led Study USA Courses.

Summer Session

Summer Session at Western provides opportunities for current students, high school students, and the community to experience high-quality education with accelerated courses, available in six-week or nine-week sessions. Learn more about Summer Session.

Testing Services

The accredited Testing Center subscribes to the NCTA (National College Testing Association) Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centers and is a member of NCTA and CCTC (Consortium of College Testing Centers). Learn more about the Testing Center.


Online Courses
WesternOnline offers fully-accredited, high-quality online classes to students across Washington State and beyond, supporting the needs of students looking for convenience and flexibility in a learning environment specific to their needs. Learn more about WesternOnline.

Directed Independent Study
Engage in an independent study project with a Western faculty member as a non-matriculated student. Learn more about Independent Study at WesternOnline.

Professional and Continuing Education Programs