Dear students,

It gives us great joy to express how important each of our students are to our University community!

We feel honored by those who have chosen to study in one of our programs and are committed to their personal growth and development as professionals in International Development.

The contents of this catalog are intended to inform you of course offerings and assist you in understanding how the university administers its programs. It informs you of services we provide to you, as well as policies and procedures that guide us all in maintaining an orderly and effective administration of the university. Following these guidelines is essential in making your experience with WCIU as satisfying and successful as possible. The catalog helps us all clarify the expectations and standards we have for life in our community.

We trust that as a part of our learning community, you will find that we are indeed committed to your success. Together we can address the significant challenges facing all of us committed to making a difference in the world.

A Distance Education University

WCIU programs are delivered through distance education. Rather than traditional face-to-face classroom interaction, students interact with instructors and classmates through the Populi Online Classroom Management system. Students must have access to a computer and the web in order to take courses from WCIU. Students who demonstrate initiative in communicating with fellow students, faculty and staff gain the most from distance education course delivery.

Student Body

WCIU was founded to provide a means for those serving on the front-lines of international development to continue their education and professional development while maintaining their commitments and influence in their context of practice. We welcome as well, those who would like to broaden their perspective on international development, particularly from a cultural, historical, and biblical viewpoint.

WCIU's student body works or is preparing to work primarily in what are commonly referred to as developing countries, in the fields of education, micro enterprise, and community development. Many WCIU students have an undergraduate background in intercultural studies, education, or business, but the university considers a wide range of bachelor degrees in evaluating students who apply to its programs.

As an online university, students can work remotely from anywhere in the world.  To that end, WCIU does not offer visas and cannot vouch for student status in regards to studying in the United States.

Students who thrive in WCIU’s


  • are aligned with WCIU’s mission and values
  • can effectively balance time between studies, work, and personal responsibilities
  • are able to develop cross-cultural skills
  • are hard-working and diligent in academics
  • are self-directed learners and can maintain communication with people remotely
  • desire to break new ground in the field of international development.


WCIU Faculty are available to their students through virtual conferences on a case-by-case basis.

WCIU administrative staff are available M-F Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8) / Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-7) and respond to emails and phone calls within two business days.

Offices are closed for the following holidays:

January 1 - New Year’s Day

January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 20 - President's Day

April 14 - Good Friday

May 29 - Memorial Day

July 4 - Independence Day

September 4 - Labor Day

November 23 - Thanksgiving Day

December 25 - Christmas Day