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.



  • 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 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.

“My education at WCIU has provided foundational understanding that influences the way I do most of what I do.”

Alum, Neil Rees ‘00