Study Abroad

It’s not too late to study abroad in Summer II 2015 in Guanajuato, Mexico! 

Both Sides of the Fence is a unique cultural exchange and service-learning program that explores issues of migration, community health, and intergenerational learning on both sides of the fence: Mexico and the United States. The program begins with travel to migrant communities in Eastern Michigan in a cohort composed of WMU students and students from the University of DeLaSalle Bajio in Mexico. The program cohort then travels to Guanajuato, Mexico to explore the same issues in Mexican communities.

Basic Spanish is recommended for the program; a translator and faculty member will be present at all times to assist with communication.

Faculty Directors: Denise Bowen PA-C, MA      (
                            Maureen Mickus, PhD         (

Language:  English/Spanish

Subjects: Mexican/US Migration, Community Health, Community Education, Intergenerational learning

Credits:  4 WMU credits in IPE 3050/6050

Eligibility: Good academic standing- 2.0 minimum
sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate standing

Program Fee:  $2400 undergraduate* / $2959 graduate*

Program Dates:  Course begins on WMU campus, Monday June 29 and travel to Mexico is July 5-August 1.

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2015

*includes tuition, housing, in-country transportation, and most meals

Participants may apply for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship which offers both merit and need-based awards. 

Spots are filling up quickly, so complete your application today! To apply, visit the Both Sides of the Fence Program page in Broncos Abroad and select “Apply Now.”

For questions, concerns, or more information, please feel free to contact us at or (269) 387-5890.

Generation Study Abroad

WMU Study Abroad is a partner of the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad initiative, which is focused on increasing study abroad participation by 50 percent over five years spanning 2014 to 2019.

A unit of the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education.