Study Abroad at WMU

Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally-engaged public university that enrolls students from across the United States and from 100 countries.

Study Abroad at WMU is a short-term option for international students to enroll at Western Michigan University.


Benefits of Study Abroad @ WMU   

  • Study for one or two concurrent semesters.
  • Study in English.
  • Select courses not available at your home university from 140 undergraduate programs or from select graduate programs.
  • Reasonable tuition.
  • Free airport pickup from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
  • On-campus housing with WMU students.
  • Located in the Midwest.

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Program Information 

Eligibility requirements

  • Undergraduate students—Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Graduate students—Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 PBT) or higher to enroll in regular academic classes (does not apply to ESL applicants).
  • TOEFL score of 61 iBT (500 PBT) to enroll in ESL course and regular academic classes concurrently.
  • Exceptions can only be made with prior approval from the WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Review the specifics of English language requirements for Study Abroad at WMU.

Tuition and Fees 

2018-2019 Estimated Costs per Semester
  Undergraduate Graduate ESL/CELCIS Program
Tuition and program fees* $9,201 $8,255 $5,642
On-campus housing (required) $2,666 $2,666 $2,666
Meals $2,504 $2,504 $2,504
Health insurance $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Total estimated cost per semester $15,871 $14,952 $12,312

 *Program fees are based on full-time status and do not include home instution rates. 


Study Abroad at WMU students are required to live on campus. Students should apply online for campus housing as soon as they have been accepted to Western Michigan University and have received their Bronco NetID and password. 

Please visit the WMU Residence Life site to apply for on-campus housing. Students may wish to read more about the residential neighborhoods before submitting their application. 

WMU's residence halls are home to nearly 5,000 students who enjoy the friendships, living-learning focus, and diversity of campus life. Residents can take advantage of hall activities, leadership opportunities, high-speed Internet, staff available 24 hours a day, close proximity to the dining halls, and many other campus conveniences designed to support busy college students.

WMU room and board rates

Program Contact

  • Dr. Jane Blyth, executive director of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, is the main contact for Study Abroad at WMU. She can be reached at
  • All Study Abroad at WMU application materials and routine student-questions should be addressed to WMU study abroad specialist Yumi Takahashi-Ede at  

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Application and Admission PRocess

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WMU Promotional Materials  

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Download and print the Study Abroad at WMU program flier   

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