International Student Activities

Western Michigan University's International Student Activities office, in collaboration with the student-run International Programs Council, facilitates regular and ongoing international activities on campus, such as an International Festival and a week-long celebration of International Education Week.

The International Student Activities office also plans numerous service-learning, cultural, and recreational activities to help international students engage with the campus and local community.

Additionally, WMU hosts numerous WMU international Registered Student Organizations.

Primary objectives

  • Plan and host educational, cultural, and recreational events and activities to bring together international and American students for mutually beneficial cultural exchange.
  • To assist international students in getting acquainted with American university life.
  • To help international students learn about the many resources available in the Kalamazoo community.
  • To provide guidance and support to WMU’s International Programs Council.

Summer 2017 Events

Tuesday, May 23

  • Welcome Party—Join teachers and staff in welcoming new international students with food, fun and games. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 24

Thursday, June 1

  • Volunteering: Story Telling!—Join international students in reading stories from different cultures to local school children. Registration required by visiting 3516, 3521 or 3530 Ellsworth Hall or emailing Free and open to the public. 

Friday, June 2

  • International Night with the Kalamazoo Growlers—Join international students at the 4th annual International Night with the Kalamazoo Growlers. Registration required by visiting 3516, 3521 or 3530 Ellsworth Hall or emailing Tickets are $5 and include bus transportation, entrance and all you can eat food and soft drinks. Open to the public. 

Wednesday, June 7

Wednesday, June 21

Wednesday, July 19

  • International Champions Cup—Join International Student Activities in traveling to Comerica Park in Detroit to watch the International Champions Cup games. Registration and ticket payment required by visiting 3516, 3521 or 3530 Ellsworth Hall or emailing; tickets include transportation. Open to the public.

Past Events

Photo of Parade of Nations

Parade Parade of Flags




Contact information

WMU International Student Activities Office.
3521 Ellsworth Hall
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI  49008-5245
1 (269) 387-3966