Fall 2017 Orientation Information
Congratulations and welcome to the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) at Western Michigan University! This guide has important information to help you transition smoothly to WMU. We recommend that you print a copy of this guide and carry it with you while you are travelling.
Important Dates to Remember
|Residence halls open (early move-in)||Sunday, August 27 at 9 a.m.|
|New student orientation||Monday, August 28 - Friday, September 1|
|First day of classes||Tuesday, September 5|
|Last day of CELCIS classes||Friday, December 8|
|Last day of the semester||Friday, December 15|
All new students are required to attend orientation.
Orientation check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28 in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center. You will receive a complete schedule of orientation activities during registration.
WMU's Bernhard Center
Visit here for a campus map or directions to the Bernhard Center.
- Placement testing
- Campus tour
- Information sessions
- Shopping trip
- Assistance with banking
- Assistance with housing
- Social events
Free breakfast will be provided August 28-31 and free lunch will be provided August 28-30. Housing and other meals are not included.
Important Attendance Policy Information
Attendance at orientation (August 28- September 1) and on the first day of class (September 5) is mandatory for all new students. If you have an emergency and will not arrive in Kalamazoo on time, please contact email@example.com or call (269) 387-4800. Students who arrive late may not be able to study.
All students (new and returning) who are unable to arrive on time should understand the following:
1. They must notify the CELCIS director and receive permission to arrive late.
2. Late arrival for ANY reason may have a negative effect on the student’s progress during that semester.
3. ALL students who begin classes after the start of the semester, for any reason, will be counted absent for the classes they have missed.
Confirm your attendance by registering for orientation:
Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. If you arrive on campus before orientation, you may visit the CELCIS office during business hours on the Garden level of Ellsworth Hall. Please note: CELCIS will be closed on Monday, September 4 for the Labor Day holiday.
Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS)
Phone: +1 (269) 387-4800 (leave a message before or after regular business hours)
After-hours emergencies only: +1 (269) 203-5482
International Admissions and Services
Phone: +1 (269) 387-5865
WMU Residence Life
Phone: +1 (269) 387-4735
Available 24 hours a day; Call for help.
Phone: +1 (269) 387-5555
For police or medical emergencies in the U.S. call 911
Start Preparing Now
Get your passport and U.S. visa as soon as possible.
Make travel arrangements to Kalamazoo.
Make plans for a place to stay during orientation—see below for more information.
Tell your friends and family of your short-term mailing address:
First name, family name, c/o orientation
International Admissions and Services
4255 Ellsworth Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008–5246 U.S.A
Visit the CELCIS Campus life webpage to find helpful information.
- A more extensive checklist is available on our website.
Documents to Bring to Orientation:
Passport with visa
I-20 or DS-2019 form
Admission letter from Western Michigan University
Paperwork from your sponsor, if this applies
Health insurance policy (not the card)
Copy of electronic I-94 (this can be printed from this website after arrival to the United States)
Travel to Kalamazoo
CELCIS suggests that students arrive 1-2 days before orientation to rest and adjust to the time change.
Plan to fly directly to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (airport code: AZO)—Chicago and Detroit are about three hours away by car.
Free Airport pickup: Free transportation from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport to WMU will be provided from August 17 - September 13. Look for the WMU sign near the Leisure Limousine transportation desk in the baggage claim area of the Kalamazoo Airport to request transportation. You may also call them at 269-343-0848.
If you arrive BEFORE August 27, tell the taxi driver the name of your hotel. You will have to pay for the cost of the hotel.
If you arrive ON OR AFTER August 27, tell the Leisure Limousine driver your name and your residence hall room assignment. The driver will call Residence Life and a staff person will meet you at the door of your residence halls.
By bus or train
If you arrive in Kalamazoo by bus or train you can arrange for transportation to WMU’s main campus by calling a taxi. Two options:
Estimated fare: $7
Estimated fare: $10
Housing During Orientation
To sign-up for campus housing, login to your GoWMU account and select “Residence Life Housing” under the My Self Service section on the left. Visit this page for housing sign-up instructions.
WMU Apartments (on campus) are open to incoming transfer/graduate/sophomore-level and above students. To sign-up to live in WMU apartments, click here.
Students with a WMU apartment contract: Please check in with the WMU apartment office on the third floor of the Faunce Student Services Building between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday—Friday, or call (269) 387-2175 during business hours.
WMU Residence Halls
WMU Residence Halls provide safe on-campus housing and opportunities to meet other WMU students. Housing contracts begin Friday, September 1, 2017.
Students may move into their residence hall beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 27 at an additional cost. If you are moving into the residence halls before housing contracts begin, the fee will be $25.00 per day.
Linens are NOT provided in the residence halls. Students must provide their own pillow, sheets, blankets, and towels. You will need twin extra-long bed sheets for WMU’s beds. If you do not bring linens with you, basic linen packets (sheet and towel) are available to rent for $5 at your residence hall for temporary use. To request linens, you must contact firstname.lastname@example.org before arrival. Basic linen packets will not automatically be provided. You must ask for your linen packet from the housing staff when you arrive at the residence hall.
Arrange to Stay at a Local Hotel
If you arrive BEFORE August 27 OR you do not have housing when you arrive, you will need to stay in a hotel. It is recommended that you make a hotel reservation before you travel to Kalamazoo.
Comfort Inn Hotel
WMU provides a free daily shuttle service to campus for students from the Comfort Inn hotel during orientation. The shuttle service picks up students at the hotel door between 7:30 - 8 a.m.
Tell the Comfort Inn staff that you are a new WMU international student to receive a discount. Reservations can be made at the Comfort Inn website, by phone, or by sending an email.
Other Hotel Options*
*Students staying at these hotels will need to arrange their own transportation to campus.
Free breakfast will be provided August 28-31 and free lunch will be provided August 28-30.
During orientation, you will be able to purchase meals at the Bernhard Center Café which will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campus Wok (Chinese cuisine): 269-552-9616
Buddha’s Belly (Sushi Bar and Asian cuisine): 269-381-8878
Jimmy John’s (sub style sandwiches): 269-381-9400
Pita Pit (pita sandwiches): 269-343-7482
Papa John’s Pizza: 269-381-7272
Local grocery stores:
Meijer: 6660 W. Main St. Kalamazoo, MI
Walmart: 501 N. 9th St. Kalamazoo, MI
Target: 5350 W. Main St. Kalamazoo, MI
Hardings: 5161 W. Main St. Kalamazoo, MI
Noodles & Company: 5363 W Main St. Kalamazoo, MI
Applebee’s: 5330 W Main St. Kalamazoo, MI
Panera Bread: 5119 W Main St. Kalamazoo, MI
Shawarma King: 1441 S Drake Rd. Kalamazoo, MI
University Roadhouse: 1332 W Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI