Community Members and Visiting Students

Community Members and Visiting Students

Not currently a Western student? Not a problem!  Summer Session is the only open quarter, meaning those who are not formally admitted to Western can be students during this time without having to apply for a degree program or select a major. This is a great opportunity to explore some of the great programs that Western has to offer without having to be formally admitted to the university.

To apply, you will still need to complete an application, along with some standard requirements for all students. Please see the menu to the left for further instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t live in Bellingham, can I still take a class with Western?

Absolutely! WWU has several online courses including term-based (following the quarterly schedule) and self-paced (available anytime) options. There are several options for online courses during the summer session. Learn more at

If you would like to visit Western for a 6-week or 9-week course on-campus in Bellingham, there is guest housing available. Contact University Residences to plan your stay.

I’m a high school student and would like to take classes. Can I earn college credit?

Summer Session is a perfect option for both current high school students and recently graduated students. You can try out a class and enjoy smaller class sizes, helping you ease into the campus lifestyle. To apply, follow the simple steps on the High School Students page.

Looking for more variety?  Consider College Quest.  Students entering grades 10-12 can earn one (1) college credit and live on-campus while learning a variety of skills.

What types of classes can I take?

There are over 400 classes available during Summer Session. Check out Summer Session courses for a full course listing. 

If you are more interested in opportunities outside of a traditional classroom, we have options in field studies and travel programs too.  Learn more about the world around you whether you stay local to Washington or explore cultures in China, Costa Rica, Greece and more.

With so many options, there is something for everyone.

What if I want to take more classes, post summer?

Please do! If you love your experience at Western, we encourage you continue to pursue your educational goals. You can choose to formally enroll in a degree program by applying or participate in non-credit programs like professional development courses or Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning.

Why should I consider Summer Session at Western?

We have 10 reasons why you might want to enroll in what we like to call the “Summer Advantage”. However the most prominent reason is because summer is only open quarter, meaning you don’t have to be formally admitted to Western or pursue a degree to enjoy great educational opportunities.

Non-Matriculated Students (Not Admitted to Western)

Current High School Students

  • PDF icon Summer Session 2020 Application
  • Provide measles immunization requirement documentation or the Summer Only Measles Waiver form:
  • Provide letter of permission from parent or guardian.
  • Upon notification of Western identification number (W-Number) and registration clearance, use the Web4U online registration system via myWestern May 11 through midnight on June 29.

International Students

(Non--U.S. citizen or non-U.S. permanent resident.)

Before applying, contact International Student & Scholar Services for eligibility and documentation information - Richard Bruce at or (360) 650-6517.

Upon notification of Western identification number (W-Number) and registration clearance, use the Web4U online registration system via myWestern May 11 through midnight on June 29.

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