University of the West

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Small

  • Tuition

    $10,000 — $15,000 Semester

  • Affiliation

    Private

  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    Other

  • Scholarships for International Students

    Yes

  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes

  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL), Psychology, Business Administration

  • Setting

    Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification

    WASC

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5+, TOEFL: 59+

  • Social Media

Welcome to the University of the West

Founded in 1991, University of the West (UWest) is a private non-profit university located in Southern California. UWest is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

The small campus feel of UWest is set on an 11-acre beautiful hillside overlooking a nature preserve. Our trees and greenery block out the sounds of the city around you, but you are never far from major attractions in “The Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Mission and Values

The mission of UWest is to provide a whole-person education in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values, and to facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation between East and West.

In proud tradition of our founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, University of the West values Character, Compassion, and Community.

Belonging to a university founded on Humanistic Buddhist principles means:

  • Becoming people of strong character who behave ethically, cultivate awareness of self and others, and develop wisdom.
  • Practicing compassion and working with others to relieve suffering and promote equality
  • Building a sustainable community by embracing diversity and achieving harmony through common purpose.

Academic Programs

English Learning

  • English as a Second Language
  • Academic English Bridge
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
    • American Conversation Practice
    • English Skills for Business Professionals
    • Test Preparation & Enrichment Courses (TOELF/IELTS)

Undergraduate Programs

  • Business Administration
    • Concentrations:
      • Accounting
      • Computer Information Systems
      • Marketing
      • International Business
  • English
    • Concentrations:
      • Literature
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Liberal Arts
  • Psychology

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Master in Divinity & Buddhist Chaplaincy
  • Business Administration (MBA)
    • Concentrations:
      • Computer Information Systems
      • Finance
      • International Business
      • Nonprofit Organization Management
  •  Psychology: Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)
    • Concentrations:
      • Buddhist Psychology
      • Multicultural Generalist
  • Psychology: Multicultural Counseling
    • Concentrations:
      • Buddhist Psychology
      • Multicultural Generalist
  • Master in Religious Studies

Apply

Visit our Online Application to apply today! 

Scholarships

UWest offers an incredibly wide range of scholarship opportunities. New international students may apply for the Lotus Scholarship which is awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Students can earn a renewable annual award of up to $7,000/year.

Housing

UWest offers on-campus housing to students all academic year. Our two residence halls offer: live-in residential advisors, furnished accommodations, lounge and study spaces, computer lab, wireless network, cable television, coin-operated laundry, dining facilities, common-area kitchenettes, pool and spa, and exercise facilities. Living on campus allows students to enter a supportive community that fosters academic success and personal growth.

 

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University of the West
1409 Walnut Grove Ave
Rosemead CA 91770
P: (626)571-8811
Bachelor Degree
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • English Literature
  • Foreign Language Teaching
  • International Business
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature in English
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Teaching English Language
2yr/Community College - 2+2 Programs
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • English Language (ESL)
  • English Literature
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature in English
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Teaching English Language
Certificate/Short Term
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Information Systems
  • Executive and Professional
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Teaching English Language
English Programs
  • Bridge Programs
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Intensive English as a Second Language
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TESOL and Teacher Training
Secondary/Boarding
  • Bridge Programs
  • College credit courses
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Study and Travel
  • Summer Camps/Programs
  • University Transfer
Masters
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • MBA
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • TESOL and Teacher Training
Summer
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English
  • Summer Pre-University