Building Intercultural Understanding

We envision a Western Washington University community that engages in the international flow of ideas, people, and experiences in pursuit of a more just and peaceful global society.

The Institute for Global Engagement (IGE), promotes intercultural awareness and understanding and creates immersive experiences that broaden understanding of ourselves and the communities in which we live and work. You can gain cultural competency, adaptability, resilience and an openness to new people and cultures through Western Washington University’s study abroad programs and in community with international students and scholars.

IGE Resources

Bring your curiosity and passion for exploring new horizons. At Western, intercultural understanding flourishes in classrooms and campus events, on study abroad trips and research assignments, and among your faculty and peers—here in Washington and around the world. 

Coming to Western

Coming to Western

Find your second home with the support of our programs and resources for international students.

Applying to Western from Abroad

Campus Life & Resources


International Buddies Program

Studying Abroad

Ed Abroad

Invest in intercultural learning through Western’s highly sought-after study abroad programs.

Western Abroad 101

Program Search


Global Ambassadors Club

Engaging Globally


Immerse yourself in international perspectives with our energizing avenues for global research and study.

International Studies Minor

International Partnerships

Graduation Sashes

Research Grant Opportunities

Explore Global Opportunities at Western!

Open doors to new networks and discover worldwide opportunities at Western Washington University. Every day, the Institute for Global Engagement commits to fostering a curious, equitable community that works together to build our collective future. 

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