Apply to the Summer Translation Program

Applications for the 2015 Summer Translation Program in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University will be available in fall 2014.

Applicants

The program welcomes applicants from across the nation and the world who are:

  • Government officials relying on foreign languages as part of their career.
  • Graduate students from WMU or other universities relying on translation for research.
  • High school teachers needing advanced courses in foreign languages.
  • International students or professionals interested in a short-term intensive language program in the United States.
  • Professionals who do translation or might be going to translate as part of their career.
  • Native speakers of Arabic, Japanese and Spanish wanting to gain experience in translating to and from English.
  • Undergraduate students from WMU or other universities studying a foreign language and considering a career that will use those skills.

Apply

Complete the Summer Translation Program application (available in the fall 2014) and send it to the address below with a letter of recommendation and a $50 non-refundable application fee by April 1, 2015. If you apply by Jan. 15, 2015, WMU will pay your application fee.

Department of World Languages and Literatures
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA

After the deadline, the directors of the program will contact you to let you know about your acceptance and will supply you with any additional information.

If you are accepted into the Summer Translation Program and have not previously enrolled at WMU, you will need to complete additional paperwork in order to become a WMU student. Undergraduate students currently at other colleges who are seeking guest student status at WMU should use the guest application. If you have already earned a bachelor's degree, please use the graduate non-degree application.

International student application

If you are coming from another country, you will apply to the Summer Translation Program like every other potential student. Complete the application (available in the fall 2014) and send it to the address above with a letter of recommendation and a $50 non-refundable application fee if applying after Jan. 15, 2015. If you have questions about the deadline, contact the program director.

On your application, indicate your nationality and the other necessary information. An immigration specialist from WMU will contact you with information about the procedures you will need to follow to get a visa to come to study in the United States. Typically, you will have to apply to the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country in order to get a visa.

Getting a student visa

Apply to the Summer Translation Program and if you are admitted, the WMU International Admissions and Services will send you a Certificate of Eligibility Form (Form I-20 for F-1 students; Form DS-2019 for J-1 student exchange visitors) with which you may apply for a student visa.

If you are from a country that has a visa waiver agreement with the United States, you will still need a student visa. According to U.S. immigration law, you cannot come on a tourist visa (the kind given in visa waiver situations) and be a full-time student at an American university.

Questions

Contact the program director.