Western Michigan University offers several scholarships and awards throughout the year that encourage students to better acquaint themselves with life and culture outside the United States, further develop a foreign language and begin their journey to becoming global citizens.

Please pay close attention to the eligibility requirements for each award, as not all students are eligible for all awards.

Study abroad scholarships

Additional study abroad funding opportunities

Ian Magnuson discusses being granted a Fulbright teaching assistantship in Germany:

Scholarships and Awards

Additional funding opportunities

If you have an additional major or minor in another department, you may be eligible for scholarships and awards offered by that department. Please visit the appropriate departmental website for more information. As some of you are also majoring or minoring in a foreign language, be sure to see what scholarships and awards the departments of World Languages and Literatures and Spanish have to offer.

Kristen Canavan '15, global and international studies alumna

Congratulations to Kristen Canavan who received a Critical Language Scholarship! The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students can apply to study in-country, the languages of Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Global studies alumna, Kristen Canavan, will study Arabic in Jordan. Upon her return to the United States, she will begin a Master's program in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan. Read the article.