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International Students

Welcoming Students from Around the World

City University of Seattle has been helping students from around the world earn U.S. degrees and better their lives for over 40 years. Our mission is to provide high-quality education that is accessible to anyone. Over 40 countries are represented in our student body today and several CityU alumni hold executive positions throughout the world.

Our International Student Office understands your unique needs and questions, and is here for you every step of the way as you explore your options of studying in the U.S.

More than 500 students from around the world attend CityU in North America. To fit the needs of our international students we offer specialized programs, an English Language Program (ELP) and a language-assisted MBA program. According to studies published in The Seattle Times, City University of Seattle is among the most popular selections among international students.

International students admissions and documentation checklist.

Start of Classes Mandatory Orientation Application Deadline for Transfer Students in the US Application Deadline for Overseas Applicants
Fall/October Mid September September 1 August 1
Winter/January Mid December December 1 November 1
Spring/April Mid March March 1 February 1
Summer/July Mid June June 1 May 1

Seattle is annually ranked one of the best places to live due to its beauty, nightlife, and the career opportunities that exist here.

Living downtown can be expensive therefore we are proud to offer a residence hall for all students who attend CityU. The residence hall is within walking distance of the Seattle campus, and boasts several modern amenities that students of varying ages and cultures would want and need.

If this option is not a good fit for you, we invite you to explore your living options in and outside the city of Seattle, as transportation is readily available near the Seattle campus and can take the form of a bus, train, or light rail system. CityU of Seattle is centrally located in downtown Seattle, within blocks of hotels and public transit which can transport you to and from the airport. If you would like guidance on what the best route is to our campus, please email iso@cityu.edu.

Another longer-term housing option you may want explore is called a homestay. A homestay is living with a family here in Washington State. It’s a great way to experience American culture firsthand while you live with a family. Download this international housing information form to learn more and talk with one of our international student advisors.

If you are unfamiliar with the area, and would like to live here first and decide what to do when you get here, you can stay with a host family or arrange for a month-to-month lease. This should be arranged prior to arriving.

CityU’s Seattle campus is located in downtown Seattle, minutes from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Experience Music Project, award-winning restaurants, and nightlife. You can visit this website to learn a little about the history of Seattle.

Here are a few fun facts about Seattle:

  • Seattle is home to Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, Costco, Amazon and several other successful international companies.
  • Annually, it is ranked among the smartest and most successful cities due to the number of people with college degrees and the number of growing companies here.
  • Population: 652,405
  • Average summer temperature: 72F/22C
  • Average winter temperature: 41F/5C
  • Average rainfall: 926mm
  • Average days with snowfall per year: 7
  • Distance to the Pacific Ocean: 0.0 meters (Seattle has 323km of coastline)
  • Distance to the Cascade Mountains: 86km (Snoqualmie Pass)
  • Distance to Vancouver, Canada: (225km)

International Student Office Staff

If you’re an international student who’s interested in pursuing your education in the Pacific Northwest, contact one of our international student advisors. We’ll answer questions, assist with the application process and, once you’re on campus, help with your studies.

ellahdia_angAssociate Advisor

As an associate advisor, Ellahdia Ang is the initial point of contact for prospective students and also provides assistance to current students regarding general school processes. Being a part of the international advising team gives Ellahdia a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures and help students meet their educational goals at the same time. Outside of the office, Ellahdia enjoys playing piano, hiking, reading, and foreign films.

kyle_brownInternational Student Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator

Kyle Brown is responsible for coordinating recruitment and outreach efforts to international students within the US and all over the world. Kyle regularly travels overseas to attend fairs and meet students and help them understand the best way to attend school in the United States. When not travelling, Kyle enjoys food and cooking, spending time outdoors, and learning new languages.

michael_campbellInternational Student Advisor

As an international student advisor, Michael Campbell’s primary responsibilities include guiding students through the admissions process, assisting with immigration-related issues, and providing academic program information. Meeting students from around the globe is

what he enjoys most about his role. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Michael is an avid sports fan. When he’s not rooting for the Seattle Mariners baseball team or following the National Football League, he likes watching movies and listening to music.

David CarterAssociate Advisor

As an associate advisor, David assists with applications, retention activities and general administrative support. He also provides first-level support to international students regarding program offerings, enrollments and transfers. David has studied, traveled and worked in China, and he is happy to share his experience with others. In his spare time, David enjoys running, hiking and being with friends and family.

Baily CraftAssociate Director of Recruitment, International Student Office

Bailey Craft manages City University of Seattle’s recruitment and marketing efforts to international students worldwide. Bailey frequently travels overseas to meet students, attend outreach fairs, and provide support services to recruitment agents. Outside of work, Bailey enjoys trying new restaurants, watching soccer, baking and reading.

sima_jankaInternational Student Advisor

Sima Janka provides academic and immigration advising to new students, current students and agents. Sima believes that helping students achieve their academic goals is rewarding and valuable. As international students face unique challenges, Sima is passionate to assist them to transition to life as a student in a new country. She always welcomes students and assists them from the time they consider studying in City University of Seattle, during their study and graduation. Sima’s favorite part of her job is learning about different cultures and helping students achieve their educational goals. In her spare time, Sima enjoys reading, gardening and traveling.

Sophie LiuInternational Student Advisor

As an International Student Advisor, Yang (Sophie) Liu’s main responsibilities are counseling students on academic, immigration, and cultural issues and assisting in conducting international student orientations and workshops. Having been an international student, Sophie is excited to share her experience with current and prospective students and help them with the transition to a new student life in the U.S. In her spare time, she likes Zumba, yoga, hiking, and traveling!

Kristina MollerAssociate Advisor, International Student Office

In her role as an Associate Advisor, Kristina provides general information about the programs and possibilities available through City U and helps to maintain office processes.  She enjoys that her position helps students along their academic journey, while also giving her the chance to interact with people from all over the world.  Outside of work, Kristina enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Marsha SarathanahStudent Records Assistant

Chutirat is an MBA student from Thailand and she works as a student records assistant and an international student mentor at CityU. As a student records assistant, she assists in processing international student applications, filing and other administrative tasks. Marsha believes that life is a journey, and CityU is a part of the journey that allows her to learn about different cultures and meet people from around the world. Outside of study and work, she enjoys trying food, traveling and taking photos.

sabine_sawayDirector, International Student Office

Sabine Saway serves as the director of the International Student Office and has helped international students at City University of Seattle since 1998. She is responsible for the operations of the department, outreach activities and advising students on academic and immigration issues. Originally from Austria, Sabine enjoys learning about different cultures, reading, gardening, hiking and skiing.

Opportunities for Partners and Agents

CityU partners with organizations and institutions around the world to further access to education and therefore help students be more successful in their careers in the global marketplace.

Institutions partner with CityU because CityU offers…

  • An uninterrupted study abroad experience.
  • A network of award winning and top ranked business, technology, education and counseling programs that can be taken online and or onsite around the world, at our various locations and sites.
  • English language and world language programs, which support international students transitioning into U.S. accredited programs taught in English.
  • Short-term summer sessions, which allow students to earn credits and travel at the same time.

If you are interested in partnering with CityU or want to learn more about studying abroad, please email Antonio Esqueda Flores , Assistant Provost for International Education.

CityU works with education agents around the world. These agents, and so many others, help CityU live out our mission globally.

Here are a few reasons why agents partner with CityU:

  • U.S. accredited bachelor’s and master’s degree programs
  • Quarterly start dates for business programs
  • Integrated English language programs with a new start every five weeks
  • Attractive campuses and locations to study including CityU’s headquarters which is located in Seattle, Washington

If you are interested in building a relationship with CityU that can benefit students please email Bailey Craft, Associate Director of Recruitment, the completed agent application form.

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