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Study Abroad Opportunities

As a globally engaged university, WMU students are encouraged to study abroad. Programs are available around the world and can supplement your biological sciences degree.


Students are encouraged to apply for funds to help support a study abroad experience. Information and a list of scholarships is available for those who are interested. An International Study Scholarship is also open for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tropical Biology in Belize

This course emphasizes the diversity and functioning of ecological interactions in a tropical environment.  The course will be based for two weeks in Belize, Central America, with lodging at two field stations located inland and on a coral reef, and then a third week on campus in Kalamazoo.

WMU credit will be awarded for BIOS 4560 (3 credits) upon successful completion of the program.

Learn more information about this study abroad opportunity:

Broncos Abroad: Tropical Biology
Sample Sylabus
Instant Insider Blog
BFREE Belize Foundation for Research and Enviromental Education
The Rainforest is our Classroom Video

Global Vision International

Volunteer as a member of GVI’s research team and experience dolphins, primates and big game. The expedition looks at the biodiversity of the immediate region around Shimoni which is on the Kenyan border with mainland Tanzania, which gives students a unique opportunity to combine marine, forest and national park research. The expedition also examines how local communities affect and utilize the regions natural resources, and aims to help these communities profit from their resources in a sustainable manner.

Expedition members are needed for periods of 5, 10 and 15 weeks. Projects include:

No experience is necessary as the GVI training program will provide a baseline and holistic understanding of all aspects of the area and project work.

Global Vision International Critical Conservation and Humanitarian projects in over 30 countries rely on GVI for volunteers, promotion and direct funding. GVI works locally with its partners to promote sustainable development through environment research, conservation and education. GVI volunteers benefit from exceptional support, training and an internship scheme.

Learn more information about GVI and this study abroad opportunity:

GVI Volunteer Abroad Opportunities
Phone: (888) 653-6028

Global Vision International also offers a large range of career opportunities, internships and other exciting field work placements in the disciplines of education, research, environmental management and wildlife research alongside its partner organizations in countries across the world.

Other study abroad opportunities

Students can search other study abroad programs or request more information regarding scholarships, opportunities and more on the Broncos Abroad website.