A student buys several books using a tap-to-purchase debit card.

Global Student Account Benefits

  • Student fee waiver benefits 1
    Qualifying students will enjoy waivers of their monthly maintenance fee, ATM usage fees, and more
  • Deals & perks
    Exclusive student deals and discounts at select merchants
  • Unlock benefits for a family member 2
    With our Family Bridge program, you can invite a qualifying family member to enjoy special account benefits too
  • Visa® Debit Card 3, 4
    Use your Visa® Debit Card to withdraw cash from ATMs or pay merchants at home or while traveling abroad
  • We speak your language
    Customer service in English, Mandarin and Cantonese
  • Convenient access
    With 100+ branches in the U.S. and access to thousands of ATMs, we're never far away when you need us
Two college-age students work on a laptop computer.

Apply for a Student Account Anytime, Anywhere

  • Apply remotely in minutes using our Mobile App.5
  • Conveniently scan required ID documents.6
    • Must be 17 years or older to apply.
  • U.S. Students:
    • Current Proof of Acceptance or Student ID Card, and a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN).
  • International Students:
    • Currently accepting the following government IDs: People’s Republic of China Identity Card, Hong Kong SAR Passport and Permanent Identity Card, Taiwan Passport and Identity Card.
    • Apply now, scan your U.S. visa later.

    Waiting for your U.S. visa? That's OK, apply for a Global Student account today - and provide us with a copy later! Terms and conditions apply.1

A college-age student smiles as he listens to a lecture.

Pay Your Major Expenses Before School Starts

Add funds, such as from a stipend, work study, or scholarship, to your Global Student account to pay for tuition and other expenses.7

A mother and her college-age daughter smile and embrace.

Family Bridge Program2

Invite a qualifying family member to receive exclusive Family Bridge Benefits when they connect their eligible East West Bank account to your Global Student account.

Global Student Account FAQs

How can I apply for a Global Student account?

You can apply to open a Global Student account from our Mobile App if you are not an existing East West Bank customer. You need to be 17 years of age or older to apply.

How can I qualify for Student Fee Waiver Benefits?

If you are a foreign student, you must provide a digital copy of your valid and current F-1 or M-1 student visa or specified J-1 visa at the time of account application.

If you are a U.S. student, you must provide a valid and current Proof of Acceptance or school issued Student ID Card at the time of account application.

Once your Student Benefit Fee Waivers have been applied to your Global Student account, they will be applicable for 7 years from the account opening date.

For complete details on Student Fee Waiver Benefits and qualification requirements, please refer to the Global Student Terms and Conditions.

What are Student Benefit Fee Waivers?

Student Benefit Fee Waivers include the WAIVER of the following Global Student account related fees:

1) Monthly Account Maintenance Fee

Note: Foreign students who qualify for the Student Benefit Fee Waivers Program after account opening, will be refunded any Monthly Account Maintenance Fees previously charged to their Global Student account within 14 business days of the qualification date.

2) ATM Withdrawal Fees

3) The Bank’s fee for one incoming Wire Transfer each monthly statement cycle

 

Additionally, your Global Student account will earn a one-time $20 Fee Credit, that can be applied as a rebate towards a Qualified Service Fee. Click here for additional information on our Fee Credits Program.

 

For complete details on Student Fee Waiver Benefits and qualification requirements, please refer to the Global Student Terms and Conditions.

I’m a foreign student. Can I apply a Global Student account before I receive my U.S. student Visa?

Yes, you can open a Global Student account before receiving your U.S. student Visa.


You’ll have a maximum of 6 full monthly statement cycles after the account opening date to provide us a digital copy of your qualifying visa document.  But, your Student Benefit Fee Waivers will not begin until your qualifying visa document has been received – so it is important to provide us with a copy of your visa as soon as you receive it.   

 

Please note, if you fail to provide a digital copy of your qualifying visa document with the required timeframe, you will forfeit the opportunity to qualify for Student Fee Waiver Benefits.

 

For complete details on Student Fee Waiver Benefits and qualification requirements, please refer to the Global Student Terms and Conditions.

Disclosure

 

1 Please refer to the Global Student Terms and Conditions for complete details on Student Fee Waiver Benefits and qualification requirements.

Foreign students that do not provide a digital copy of their valid and current F-1 or M-1 student visa or specified J-1 visa at the time of account application will have a maximum of 6 full monthly statement cycles after the account opening date to provide the Bank with a digital copy of their qualifying visa document using the Student Visa image upload feature in our Mobile App. Failure to provide a digital copy of the qualifying visa document within the required timeframe will result in a forfeiture of the Student Benefit fee waivers.

2 Family Bridge Program eligibility is limited to qualifying East West Bank customers only. Visit the Family Bridge program page on our website for complete details.

3 Debit Card international shipping fees may apply. See the East West Bank Fee Schedule for details.

4 There is no charge for using an East West Bank ATM. Non East West Bank ATM usage fees may be charged to your account at the request of the 3rd party operating the ATM. If you use your Debit Card to initiate an ATM transaction from your qualifying Global Student account, we will refund the ATM usage fees to your account each statement cycle. This waiver does not apply to any ATM Non-Sufficient Fund fees that are the result of your Global Student account being overdrawn by an ATM transaction.

5 East West Bank does not assess any account opening fees. The Global Student account must be funded within 60 days of application approval. Use of East West Bank’s mobile banking application requires a data connection. Wireless carrier charges may apply.

6 To open a Global Student account with Student Fee Waiver Benefits, the Applicant must provide the following applicable document(s):

Foreign Students – A copy of a valid and current U.S. government issued F-1 or M-1 student visa or specified J-1 Visa (limited student categories accepted) indicating they have been legally admitted to the United States to study at an accredited university, community college, high school, or vocational school in the United States. Additionally, the applicant must provide a copy of their qualifying government issued ID, which may include, as applicable their China National ID Card, Hong Kong Permanent ID card, or Taiwan National ID (number only). ID types and requirements vary by country/region and may change from time to time. Please visit our Mobile App for the most up to date requirements.

U.S. Students – A valid and current Proof of Acceptance or Student ID Card indicating they are legally enrolled to study at an accredited university, community college, high school or vocational school in the United States. U.S. students include those individuals that are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. A U.S. social security number is required to apply.

Account is limited to an individual student who is 17 years of age or older. One account per student.

7 Account holder must verify allowable payment methods with their school.