International Students at Comm Lead

Did you know that more than 25 percent of our Communication Leadership students are international? We value the diversity, experience and perspectives that international students bring to our program, so we work hard to welcome and support them through an accessible applications process, equitable tuition, and our International Student Ambassadors Program outlined below.

A Few Quick Facts for International Students:

  • The University of Washington is ranked among the world’s top 5 most innovative universities.
  • UW is ranked No. 14 in the world — No. 3 among U.S. public universities — on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  • Our program offers two degree options, both in STEM fields.
  • We’re located in Seattle, which is home to tech companies like Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, Boeing and Expedia.
  • The program emphasizes creativity, leadership and communication strengths over TOEFL scores and GPA (as long as UW Graduate School minimums are met).
  • We don’t require the GRE, and there is no hard requirement for prior professional experience.
  • There is no difference in our tuition rates for US citizens and international students.
  • Our international graduates have been hired by reputable companies all over the USA, and around the world.
  • The University of Washington offers robust support for international students via the offices of Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS) and International Student Services (ISS).

Program Highlights:

Instructors are Digital Media professionals at global companies who share and apply real experience in the classroom, discuss case studies, and connect students to internship opportunities.

Students have options to take beginner-level and advanced subjects, regardless of their past experience.  

Our Partner Program offers an outside the classroom, real world learning experience for students, which helps you grow your professional portfolio, gain hands-on skills, and network.

We offer a wide range of courses and topics, and allow you to design and customize your own path to a master’s degree including the courses you want.

Launch your professional path in one of America’s biggest tech hubs, home to multinational companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and Facebook.

We emphasize professional and skill-oriented growth of students.

Many classes are centered around hands-on experience via projects in UX Design, Digital Marketing, Video and Audio production and storytelling.

Comm Lead International Student Ambassadors

Are you thinking about studying at Comm Lead, and want to talk to a real student about his or her experiences in the program?

Our International Student Ambassadors are happy to answer questions from prospective students, especially those from their home countries or regions. If you are interested in connecting with one of the ambassadors, just email Head of Outreach Liyao Zhao at and she’ll introduce you.

You can also connect with current Comm Lead international student via this Facebook group,
and the Comm Lead WeChat: uwcommlead

Scan this QR code for the Comm Lead WeChat account

Resources and Media for International Students

The decision to travel across the world for graduate school can be a tough one. But for Kanhaiya, a combination of staying rooted in his culture, embracing the new things he’s learning, and taking advantage of professional opportunities has made coming to Seattle to pursue a master’s one of the best decisions of his life.
Produced by Comm Lead student Thomas Chengxi Zou in COMMLD 532 Advanced Video Storytelling, Winter 2019.

A Communication Leadership grad student is surprised by a visit from her sister, who begs her to leave her studies in Seattle and return to China. A web of family secrets is unravelled in this tense Mandarin-language short film with a shocking twist. Produced entirely by Communication Leadership international students, Directed by Jaden Liu.

Adapting to life in a new country isn’t easy. But Isabel found ways to stave off homesickness and stay connected to friends and family through food and technology.
Video produced by Gloria Angelin in COMMLD 531: Foundations of Video Storytelling, Autumn 2019.

Tahmina Watson, principal of Watson Immigration Law and author of “The Startup Visa” joins Comm Lead for an online discussion and answers live questions about OPT, H-1Bs and the latest changes to US immigration and visa policy.

KUOW public radio story featuring Comm Lead student Thomas Chengxi Zou

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