Exchange Students and Partners

Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally-engaged public university that enrolls more than 23,000 students from across the United States and 100 countries.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing an exchange opportunity with Western Michigan University. Exchange at WMU provides short-term options for international students to enroll at Western Michigan University. WMU has active exchange agreements with 30 international partners and highly values the mutual benefit drawn through student mobility and faculty exchanges. 


Benefits of Exchange at 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.
  • Pay tuition to home university.
  • 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 Exchange at WMU.

Tuition and Fees 

Western Michigan University exchange agreements provide for 12 to 15 credit hours per student per semester at the undergraduate level or 6 to 9 credit hours per student per semester at the graduate level. Should your students wish to take more than this number of credits, they will pay non-resident tuition cost per credit.

There are certain standard WMU registration fees that are automatically assessed to all students, including exchange students.  Although these fees will appear on your student’s initial invoice, they will be removed early in the semester based on our exchange agreement.  Read more about exchange tuition and fees


Exchange 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 Contacts

  • Dr. Jane Blyth, executive director of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education, is the main contact for international exchange students applying to WMU. She can be reached at
  • All incoming exchange 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

Incoming exchange students must be nominated by their home institutions. Please work closely with the international office in your home institution to secure a nomination and to prepare your application materials, which will be submitted to our office through our secure online application system. Incoming exchange students must be nominated by their international office to be considered for exchange. 

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WMU Promotional Materials

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Download and print the Exchange at WMU program flier

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