Direct Exchange Programs

Direct Exchange Programs provide an affordable way for Western students to study abroad. Generally, students pay in-state tuition and mandatory fees through their WWU student account and tuition is waived at the host institution.  Western has more than 30 direct exchange agreements for student mobility, including the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

The Department of Political Science at Western Washington University has a direct exchange agreement with the Political Science Institute at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) in Germany. For more information about UDE and other direct exchange programs at Western, please contact the International Programs and Exchanges office located in Miller Hall 208.


To participate in a direct exchange program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Matriculated WWU student
  • At least 30 credits completed at WWU by the start of the exchange


If you are participating in a direct exchange program, you must complete the International Programs & Exchanges Application as well as the Direct Exchange Supplemental Application. These forms are available through International Programs and Exchanges and must be submitted to the IPE office in Miller Hall 208 prior to the following deadlines:

  • Deadline for Fall Quarter & Year-Long Exchanges - March 1st
  • Deadline for Winter & Spring Exchanges - June 1st