Western Michigan University looks forward to welcoming you to the United States and our campus in Kalamazoo for your Fulbright program. WMU has been hosting Fulbright scholars since the early 1980s and fellows since 2004, who have contributed greatly to the University's internationalization through their research, studies and sharing of their native cultures with the campus community.
Through the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program and locally planned events, WMU offers its visiting Fulbrighters the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities in different locations throughout the academic year. These activities are designed to enable Fulbright recipients to better experience America and to further the Fulbright program’s goal of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Locally planned events have included a day trip to Chicago, a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, monthly lunch tables, a welcome barbecue, a summer fishing trip, and a graduation potluck.
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged.
Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature.
Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.
Both the faculty and the student body reflect WMU’s reputation in the world and its commitment to diversity. The University attracts students from across the nation and from some 90 other countries. Minority students comprise nearly 18 percent of the student population, while international students make up an additional 5 percent. WMU’s faculty members have been trained at some of the world’s finest institutions, and they bring to the campus a global perspective that enhances the learning environment. Read more about WMU
Kalamazoo is a community that effortlessly combines energy and innovation with friendliness and an easy-going attitude. Located in southwest Michigan, about two hours from Chicago, Kalamazoo is home to WMU, several colleges, and a variety of cultural institutions. A vibrant Art Deco downtown sets the stage for quality dining, unique shops and galleries, and live entertainment. In Kalamazoo, you're never far from lakes and other outdoor recreation, festivals and world-class attractions. Come experience the big-city benefits and small-town feel that make Kalamazoo so appealing. Learn more on the Discover Kalamazoo website.
Fulbright scholars (faculty) are assisted in finding housing by the hosting WMU department or office.
Fulbright fellows (students) may live on campus in a residence hall or apartment, or, the student may arrange to live off campus in non-university housing. Because both on-campus and off-campus housing availability is limited and fills quickly, we recommend that all incoming students begin their housing search as soon as they receive notice of acceptance from WMU. WMU housing website.
All Fulbright scholars and fellows receive health insurance through the Fulbright program, but are also required to carry health insurance through WMU. WMU-provided insurance allows for full access to services offered at WMU’s Sindecuse Health Center, a large clinic with a full-time medical staff, as well as an onsite pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray units and physical therapy and counseling services. Sindecuse Health Center website.