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!

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!

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 foreign language skills beyond the classroom. Activities are available for the following languages:

Community participation

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.

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.