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International Students

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is located on a quiet campus that is close to Washington, D.C., with easy access to all the city has to offer. Students who want to study in the United States can find no better place. The museums, galleries, libraries and cultural events provide education beyond the classroom.

Things to know about WAU:

  • Year the university was founded: 1904
  • Student population: 1,100 students of all faiths (representing 40 countries from around the globe)
  • Degree programs offered: 42 undergraduate and 8 graduate
  • Cost of attendance is lower than other private universities
  • International scholarships
  • Student Clubs: 33
  • Athletic Teams: men’s and women’s soccer, basketball and cross-country; women’s volleyball; and co-ed Acro-Airs gymnastics

Washington Adventist University is a learning community that is committed to the Seventh-day Adventist vision of excellence and service, challenging students to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world.

Let us help you make your dream of a U.S. education a reality. We are pleased that you are interested in Washington Adventist University, and look forward to seeing you on campus.

How to get accepted
Admissions requirements
Apply online (no fee required)

After you are accepted, next steps
Apply for your I-20 document
Pay your deposit via PayPal ($2,000 U.S.)
Questions? Contact Admissions Director Wanda Colon-Canales or call 01-301-891-4000

What to do when you have your I-20
Contact your DSO (Designated School Official) with your date of arrival in the United States
Schedule an appointment prior to registering for classes
Attend New Student Orientation
Register for classes
Speak with Financial Aid Services to receive your award letter
Stop by your DSO to provide a copy of financial award and registration

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) information
Washington Adventist University’s role in the SEVIS system
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Process Steps for International Students


Admissions Checklist for International Students

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School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.