• Local girl gets her name written in Arabic by a member of the Saudi Arabian Student Association.

    Mark your calendar for the 2018 International Festival on Sunday, March 25 starting at 4 p.m.

    International Festival
  • You are welcome here

    Help the Haenicke Institute for Global Education spread the message that everyone is #WelcomeAtWestern. Printable posters available! 

  • Get globally engaged this week!

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  • Katherine Kolean's photo from The Italian Journey study abroad program

    Where are you going? #WMUBroncosAbroad

    Study Abroad
  • CELCIS faculty with student

    Learn English in WMU's Center for English Language and Culture.


Income Tax Assistance for International Students and Scholars

Sprintax is a non-resident tax preparation serviceTo assist international students, scholars, researchers, trainees, and their dependents in filing United States income tax returns, the WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education purchases a limited number of licenses for a tax preparation software program called Sprintax. The deadline to file 2017 federal tax returns is April 17, 2018. Learn more information on the International Admissions and Services website.  

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The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education aspires to be a worldwide leader in developing opportunities for global learning, discovery, and engagement. Founded in 1998, the institute serves as Western Michigan University’s hub for international exchange, activity, and initiatives and as a resource to guide and support internationalization of the academic and campus environment. Recognizing that WMU’s students, faculty, staff, and its international partners are integral to these efforts, the institute is committed to working closely with the University community to develop opportunities that support and sustain the global engagement pillar of the University’s mission by:

  • Forging and sustaining mutually beneficial international partnerships.
  • Recruiting a diverse population of international students and scholars.
  • Sending students, faculty and staff abroad.
  • Supporting internationalization of the curriculum.
  • Providing campus- and community-based opportunities for global engagement.
  • Engaging with alumni.

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For more information about globalization and internationalization programs, activities and initiatives, visit WMU's Global Engagement website.