Withdrawal and Refund Policy

WMU Study Abroad makes significant financial commitments on students' behalf well before the start of a study abroad program. Moreover, Study Abroad is a self-funding unit at the University. Do not "commit" to a program until you carefully read and fully understand our strict refund policies.

Students who have committed to a study abroad program are required to notify WMU Study Abroad in writing if they decide to withdraw. This can be done by sending a signed email from their wmich account to their study abroad specialist or by providing a signed and dated letter to our office in Ellsworth Hall. Please note that study abroad withdrawal deadlines are earlier than on-campus drop/add deadlines due to arrangements WMU Study Abroad must make in advance with the overseas institution(s) in order to offer the program.

Refund Schedule:

  • If notification is received by the WMU Study Abroad office more than 60 days prior to the first day of the WMU semester of study abroad: 100% refund of WMU program fee, except the study abroad commitment fee.
  • 45 to 60 days prior to the first day of the WMU semester of study abroad:  50% refund of WMU Program Fee, except the study abroad commitment fee.
  • Fewer than 45 days prior to first day of WMU semester of study abroad:  No refund of any fees given.

If you have any questions about the exact refund dates for your semester of study abroad, please contact your study abroad specialist.

Please be advised that these policies refer only to the charges billed to a student’s account by WMU Study Abroad. Students should check with their host University, program provider, airline, etc. regarding refund deadlines for other charges.