For Prospective International Students: Whitworth University Overview
Welcome to Whitworth!
Whitworth is a private, Christian university founded in 1890. For more than 122 years Whitworth has held strongly to its founder's mission of providing an education of mind and heart through rigorous, open intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars.
Whitworth welcomes academically high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students of all nationalities, faiths and backgrounds and celebrates the richness that this diversity provides to our campus community.
Current Whitworth international students come from more than 25 countries and every major continent.
What We Offer
Small class sizes
Innovative programs in science, technology, education, health and the arts
For a full list of Whitworth's majors and programs, click here.
Students work alongside faculty on research ranging from assessing the impact of micro-lending in developing countries to the role enzymes play in memory function for treating Alzheimer's patients. Many joint faculty-student research projects are funded by national organizations or grants. Whitworth offers students opportunities for research fellowships and paid appointments as research assistants.
Some need-based aid opportunities are available for students. Whitworth carefully evaluates applications for need-based aid on the basis of the student's academic and financial-need profiles. Whitworth does not give full scholarships to incoming students.
A beautiful, safe environment
An accessible city
A region renowned for its technology, health, and export industries
What does all of this mean for international students? It means that internships, practical training and job opportunities are available in many industries, including technology, health, aerospace, education and import/export.
International Student Services
The Whitworth International Education Center provides support and services to the university's international students. Services include help with immigration matters, special orientation for new students, general counseling, and help with employment. The IEC also hosts internationally oriented events throughout the year and provides a welcoming place for students to study and interact with classmates and staff.
Residence life and housing
International students who live on campus are supported by residential staff. Resident assistants, small-group coordinators, health advocates and cultural diversity advocates (CDAs) live in each residence hall, all under the direction of a resident director, a master's-level student-development professional. Together, this group of professional and student residential staff members monitors the health and well-being of students, plans activities, and encourages the development of a community that values individual and cultural differences.
Clubs and activities
NCAA Division III athletics
Recent Alumni Achievements
Whitworth international graduates have moved on to success in graduate school and in their careers.
Adrian Kitimbo, '12, from Uganda, accepted an offer of admission and a full graduate scholarship from England's Oxford University, after also receiving offers of admission from the London School of Economics, King's College and University College in London. Kitimbo, who studied international relations at Whitworth, is focusing his graduate studies at Oxford on international development and conflicts. His career goal is to work directly within the government of his native Uganda as an expert on development and humanitarian emergencies.
Priya Yeganathan, '12 (B.A. in international business), is responsible for market analysis at the Spokane branch of a national mortgage lending corporation. While at Whitworth, she held an internship at the U.S. Embassy in her native Sri Lanka, where she coordinated activities for Sri Lankan relief programs. She also interned at the International Trade Alliance, in Spokane, conducting research on the North American Free Trade Agreement and other policies affecting Washington state trade.
Felix Friedt, '12 (B.A. in international business & economics), an accomplished student-athlete from Germany captained the Whitworth basketball team in 2012 and was selected the Academic All-America First Team. Since graduating, he has begun work on a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Oregon, where he was awarded a full scholarship.
Annick Foyen, '12, (B.A. in sociology), from Norway, is a full-time social worker in Oslo, managing treatment plans for 50-plus clients with drug and mental-health problems.
Rory Buck, '12 (B.A. in business management), won back-to-back national swim titles in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events as a junior and senior, and finished 3rd and 4th in events at the Olympic trials in his native South Africa. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team in 2011 and is currently working for a software development company that has created marketing campaigns for major international corporations such as Coca-Cola, MySpace, and Bowflex.
What are current Whitworth students doing?
Korean student SeIn Pyo, '15, is in the dual-degree engineering program, studying physics, chemistry, and a pre-medicine curriculum. He is currently engaged in a biomedical engineering internship at Spokane's Sacred Heart Medical Center. SeIn is assisting the surgical team in the thoracic organ transplant and mechanical heart program, which is ranked one of the best transplant programs in the United States. SeIncreated a digital demonstration of a mechanical heart to help patients visualize and understand how the device works; he has learned to read and interpret heart monitors; and he is doing biomedical research on post-surgical blood-clotting. SeIn's goal is to attend medical school and create a new generation of life-saving medical devices, such as artificial hearts, that would be inexpensive and effective.
Tina Kamkosi, '13, is a graduate student from Malawi. She is working toward an MBA in international management at the Whitworth School of Business. Tina uses both her business and international communication skills in her work for the Whitworth Intercultural Student Center. In 2011-12, she was president of the International Club.
Eugen Lazarenco, '15, from Moldova, received the Elsie and Melvin K. Fariss Scholarship for International Students. The scholarship covers the full cost of attendance for Eugen's final three years of study at Whitworth. He received it in recognition of academic excellence and his volunteer work with projects like BELIEF, a Whitworth program that encourages at-risk high school students to plan for college. Eugen is currently the vice president of the Whitworth International Club.