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International Admissions and Services application deadlines

Semester Fall Spring            
Summer
Deadline April 1 August 1 January 15
Term begins     
Early September  
Early January      
Early May

*Graduate applicants, please check department website as departmental deadlines may be earlier than International Admissions and Services deadlines.

As of September 2, 2014, Western Michigan University has implemented a new online application system for all graduate applicants.

Prospective international undergraduate and graduate students may apply online or complete a paper application.  
 
If you are not a United States citizen and do not have a I-551 Permanent Resident Card or documentation of asylum or refugee status, please follow the directions below for information on applying for either undergraduate or graduate studies.  
 
 
 
WMU international application brochure—includes tuition and fees table.

Online application

  • Follow the instructions to create a new login ID and PIN under the "New User" area.

Paper application

Submit the following items to apply by paper:

  • Completed application.
  • $100 application fee.
  • Complete and official transcripts of secondary and undergraduate studies as well as copies of diplomas, certificates or degrees earned. These must be translated into English and list course titles and grades (marks) received for each. Specific information about translation certification is accessible in this form.
  • Provide proof of English competency. The following tests and scores are accepted at Western Michigan University as measures of English language proficiency—WMU English language requirements. This requirement is waived for students from certain countries. Some graduate programs may require a higher score.
  • Proof of financial resources, per the application.
  • Passport—copy of the identification page (with photo).
  • Send application and all materials to:

    Western Michigan University
    International Admissions and Services
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo MI  49008-5246

Check undergraduate application status

  1. Access the application system.
  2. Enter your previously generated Login ID and PIN.
  3. Click "Login" and select the correct term of entry under the "Processed Applications" heading.

*The deadline for the Spring 2015 Graduate application has passed, all applications received for Spring 2015 will automatically be deferred to Fall 2015.* 

Consider the following before applying:

  • Review filing dates and departmental requirements.
  • Application deadline dates for degree-seeking applicants (and all graduate certificate programs) vary by department, and not all departments admit students for all semesters/sessions.
  • Many programs require written narrative statements, specific standardized tests, letters of recommendation, and other support materials.
  • Specific application requirements for each graduate program are accessible on the Graduate College website. Applicants are encouraged to print out and/or book mark that information while you work through the graduate application.
Questions about the online application process may be sent to oiss-info@wmich.edu or call (269) 387-5865, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Graduate online application

Online applicants are required to submit graduate application materials through their account in the online system. Complete the following steps to apply: 

  • Complete the online graduate application. Check your entries as you work; you cannot return to change entries after the application is submitted. If you find an error after you’ve submitted the application, use the contact information indicated below.
  • In the event you experience problems with your application, do not submit a second application. Contact International Admissions and Services.
  • Click the Create Account tab.
  • Follow the instructions to create an account profile.
  • Save login information to return to the application, if necessary.
  • Pay the $100 nonrefundable application fee by credit card; applications cannot be submitted until the fee is paid. Payments are processed by a secure server.
  • Application status may be checked at anytime by logging into the system.

Paper application

Submit the following items to apply by paper:

  • Completed application.
  • $100 application fee.
  • Complete and official transcripts of secondary and undergraduate studies as well as copies of diplomas, certificates or degrees earned. These must be translated into English and list course titles and grades (marks) received for each. Specific information about translation certification is accessible in this form.
  • Provide proof of English competency. The following tests and scores are accepted at Western Michigan University as measures of English language proficiency—WMU English language requirements. This requirement is waived for students from certain countries. Some graduate programs may require a higher score.
  • Proof of financial resources, per the application.
  • Passport—copy of the identification page (with photo).
  • Send application and all materials to:

    Western Michigan University
    International Admissions and Services
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Kalamazoo MI  49008-5246

Graduate applicants are advised to contact the academic department of interest for comprehensive program information and requirements. WMU graduate and undergraduate programs listings.

Residency status

WMU may request additional documentation to verify an applicant's residency status. For more information, see residency policy.
 

Transcript requirements 

An official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended, except WMU, must be sent directly to Western Michigan University, Office of International Admissions and Services, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5246 (or sent electronically to oiss-info@wmich.edu from the institution). Only official transcripts (issued within 30 days of the date received and sent directly to the Office of Admissions) are ac¬cepted. Hand carried transcripts will be accepted if in a sealed envelope from the institution. 
 

Admission decision process

Your application will be considered fully complete after all official transcripts and required test scores are received. Final decisions are made by the academic departments, and the length of the admission process varies by department.
Note: All documents submitted become the property of Western Michigan University and cannot be returned to the applicant or released to other institutions.

International Admissions and Services makes an initial admission review within two to four weeks of receiving application packages. At this point, the applicant is informed of their admission status, or in the case of an incomplete application, which documents are missing. This notification is sent via e-mail. For graduate applicants, after initial screening, applications are sent to the academic department for review. This step may add an additional eight to 12 weeks, or longer, to the application process. All University admission letters and immigration documents for undergraduate and graduate international students are issued by IAS. Some graduate programs also issue separate departmental admission letters.

Effective immediately: For all applicants requesting deferrals, WMU will cover the cost of shipping for a maximum of two shipments per application. Applicants are required to pay for any additional application packets shipped at a cost of $55 for each shipment, which must be paid before the application packet will be shipped.

Maintenance notice

The University performs system maintenance and upgrades on Sundays between 4 a.m. and noon, Eastern Standard Time. To ensure you will be able to complete the application and payment process, you should not start or access an existing application during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Contact International Admissions and Services if you experience any problems with the application system. Our office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

Disclosure of Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires availability of the annual security and fire safety compliance document to prospective students, faculty, and staff.  The report is available at Western Michigan University the Department of Public Safety website. You may request a hard copy version by calling.

The report includes campus security and personal safety information as well as crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters related to security and safety of campus. It also includes crime reporting statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western Michigan University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.