Study Abroad

WMU-sponsored study abroad programs

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Study abroad experiences are a good way to learn about other cultures, and also learn more about ourselves.

Western Michigan University offers a wide range of study abroad opportunities.

Students may choose to participate in a faculty-led academic experience for a few weeks, or they may elect to study for a semester or a full academic year as an exchange student at one of a dozen universities.

Either way, the language and cultural immersion experience is life changing! Advisors will work with you to assure that coursework abroad counts toward your degree. There are also many study abroad scholarships available around campus.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a $1,000 International Study Scholarship with deadlines on Feb. 15 and Oct. 15 each year. Feel free to meet with the academic advisor if you would like your application reviewed prior to submitting it.

Study abroad program highlights

International Development and Community Service in Peru

Are you interested in participating in a community service project to deepen your understanding of international development? In this course, students work with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in the colonial city of Urubamba, Peru and explore the issues of health care, education, small-business financing, and the role of women in the community.  Students are housed with local families, and while Spanish is not required, those with some basic Spanish skills will get a language immersion experience.  Students interested in health care, engineering, Spanish, business, education, social work, and other majors are welcome to apply.

Professor Hastings is leading this course; please go to the WMU Study Abroad website or contact her directly for more information.

Deadline: The application deadline for this program is January 31, 2025. 
Scholarship: Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

Summer in Istanbul

During the second summer session of 2015, students will have the opportunity to enroll in Turkey's finest university where all classes are taught in English. The course is comprised of two three credit components--a preparatory Turkish Culture and Society online course and eight weeks of instruction at Bogazici University in Turkey. The university offers over 200 courses in several disciplines many of which can count toward your global and international studies program. Be sure to discuss your course selection with your advisor once the course catalog Bogazici becomes available. The program runs from mid June to mid August of 2015 and has a rolling admission process. Visit the WMU Study Abroad website, check out the program's Facebook page, or contact Dr. Jim Butterfield.
 
Scholarship: Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

Faculty led

Summer I 2015

Amazonia: Culture of Environment (Manus, Brazil)

Cultural Connections: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Dakar, Senegal)

International Development and Community Service in Peru (Cuzco, Peru)

Summer II 2015

Media Ethics and Culture in London (London, United Kingdom)

Summer in Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey)

Fall 2015

India Gateway program (Bangalore, India)

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sunway University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Eberhard-Karls Universitat-Tubingen (Tuebingen, Germany)