Western Michigan University purchases basic medical insurance to cover the program's participants while they are abroad. Information regarding this coverage will be distributed to each student by the Study Abroad Office upon acceptance into the program. Students will receive health insurance information outlining the extent of coverage and the procedures to follow in case of accident or illness abroad. Additional health insurance coverage is not required for the program, but students may wish to purchase supplementary coverage. Questions concerning health insurance should be directed to the Study Abroad Office, (269) 387-5890.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for the WMU President's Grant for Study Abroad. This award is given on the basis of demonstrated financial need and/or merit. For students accepted to the Buenos Aires program, the application process for the President's Grant is quite simple. Application for this grant may be made at the time of application to the program and does not require additional faculty recommendations or essays. Applications are available online through the Study Abroad website. They must be submitted to Study Abroad, B-200 Ellsworth Hall (269) 387-5890.
In addition to the President's Grant, a variety of other study abroad assistance is available through the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Information and applications are available in the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, B-200 Ellsworth Hall (269-387-5890). You can view more information concerning these and all other study abroad financial awards at their website.
Department awards are also available and include: Spanish Department Study Abroad Awards, the Ruth Y. Kirby Awards in Spanish, and the President's Award/Scholarships for Study Abroad. Business students should also consult with the Business College about any other possible awards. All students are urged to inform themselves of these opportunities at the earliest possible date in order to meet the application deadlines.
Students who already receive other financial aid (university, state, federal) may be able to use it for study in Buenos Aires. They should direct questions about this matter to the Foreign Study Coordinator in the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education or the Student Financial Aid Office.