Get Involved!

Global and international studies students are always involved at Western Michigan University, the southwest Michigan region, or the global community. Find out what you can do to make a difference!

Model United Nations club at WMU

Are you interested in culture? International Relations? Politics? Improving your skills in research? Do you like to debate? Model UN Club at WMU is a new club here at Western just recently approved to become a registered student organization at Western Michigan University. Students from all majors and minors are welcome! Visit them on Facebook!

Model UN Club at WMU hosts simulations where students can role play UN delegates from different countries and provides opportunities for students to attend national conferences that sponsor competitive simulations.

Erika Meserva, President
Sarah Hughey, Vice President
Conor Lomas, Secretary
Jake Vojcek, Treasurer

Global Studies Leaders

The Global Studies Leaders is a student group within global and international studies who serve as ambassadors for and advisors to the program. Leaders may be called upon to offer input on future curriculum or policy changes, serve as representatives of the program at events such as Major Excitement and Bronco Bash, and more. The group, however, will operate autonomously and will be student led, with support as needed from program faculty and staff. Leaders are encouraged to organize events, sponsor student-initiated initiatives, plan cultural and social activities and whatever else crosses their minds.

Being a part of this group not only offers you another line on your resume, but also an opportunity to:

  • develop presentation, public speaking and networking skills through organizational leadership activities
  • gain a valuable professional development experience
  • strengthen relationships with program faculty and staff by participating in discussions and program initiatives

If you're interested in participating contact us!

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award

Twice a year, the College of Arts and Sciences awards funds to provide opportunities for undergraduates to collaborate with faculty members in professional activities outside the classroom such as hands-on research or creative activities. Contact your favorite faculty member and apply!

International Festival

Each spring WMU hosts an International Festival featuring dance, music, food and fashions representing the vast array of student cultures present at WMU. The festival attracts about 5,000 students and community members annually. During the event, attendees are able to "travel" around the world in a single evening while gaining an appreciation for the diversity of cultures represented on campus. It is generally organized by WMU's International Programs Council and the Campus Activities Board. Volunteers are always needed so keep an eye out for this even. Questions can be directed to

Student organizations

WMU students in truck bed, while WMU instructor stands nearby.

Dr. Kostrzewa and students in transit to a Habitat for Humanity site in the mountains around Zunil, Guatemala.

WMU hosts hundreds of registered student organizations, many of which have an international focus. Groups showcase other cultures, function as student unions for specific countries or regions, and exist to host international events. Increase your global engagement while earning your WMU degree by becoming a member of one of these groups!

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education maintains a list of RSOs with an international focus. Increase your global engagement while earning your WMU degree by becoming a member of one of these groups. Visit the University's GoRSO website for a complete list of WMU's student organizations.

Language clubs and tables

The departments of World Languages and Literatures and Spanish offer tutoring and conversational tables to help strengthen your world language skills beyond the classroom. Activities are available for the following languages:

Community participation

There are tons of opportunities for you to get involved with the community!

  • For those of you looking for local activities, Arcadia Creek Festival Place is home to many internationally themed festivals such as the Greek Festival and Island Festival.
  • Check out Volunteer Kalamazoo for volunteering opportunities right here in Kalamazoo!
  • Be sure to explore the Office for Sustainability page for experiential learning opportunities, some of which are funded!
  • Global and international studies students have found internship opportunities locally and abroad. We are networking constantly to discover new, innovative internship opportunities.