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Scholarships available for short-term summer study abroad

by Jeanne Baron

Nov. 22, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of the Great Wall of China.
Study engineering in China.
Great Wall of China
KALAMAZOO--Students at Western Michigan University are invited to apply now for scholarships that offer awards of up to $2,500 to offset the cost of participating in a select group of short-term study abroad programs.

The Dean's Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad program provides support to enroll in 20 short-term programs that will be taught by WMU faculty members late in the spring semester or during the summer I and II sessions.

The 2011-12 Dean's Scholarships, which are administered by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, allow WMU students to apply for need-based awards of up to $1,500. In addition, those with a 3.0 grade point average also may apply for merit-based awards worth $1,000.

Jan. 20 is the deadline to apply for most of the eligible overseas programs, some of which have spots open for WMU employees and members of the public.

Program participants travel with WMU professors to study a wide range of subjects, such as tropical biology in Belize, engineering in China, management in Australia or religion in Japan. Summer study abroad programs are popular with many students because they require a shorter time commitment, and the costs for some programs are similar to what it would cost to earn the same number of academic-credit hours on campus.

Summer study abroad programs run from two to eight weeks, offer varying levels of undergraduate and graduate academic credit, and are eligible for financial aid funding from the Kalamazoo Promise, Michigan Education Trust and other non-WMU sources.

Application and contact information

Visit the WMU Study Abroad website for a Dean's Scholarship for Summer Study Abroad application. Informational brochures for all WMU-offered study abroad programs are available online through the recently launched Broncos Abroad system. The brochures for each program include minimum eligibility requirements as well as an overview and details about itinerary, cost, housing and other topics.

For more information about studying or working abroad, contact WMU Study Abroad at or (269) 387-5890. Those interested also may visit the office, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and located on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall in the Haenicke Institute.

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