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wmu welcomes over 100 international students at international student orientation and registration program

Jan 11, 2017

Western Michigan University welcomed 130 new international students to campus during the International Student Orientation and Registration Program on January 5 and 6 with even more students expected this semester. 

At ISORP, international students meet faculty, staff, and current students who assist in the transition to Kalamazoo and beginning studies at WMU. The information and guidance offered to students at ISORP varies from working through immigration details to exploring how to grocery shop in the United States. 

"This is a prime opportunity for WMU to support the students and give them a "safe landing" and a good launch in to their academic programs. They connect with other students especially when they realize that WMU has many other international students," said Juan Tavares, Director of International Admissions and Services at WMU. Read more about ISORP.

Take Advantage of global engagement opportunities this month

Jan 1, 2017

Western Michigan University will offer numerous global engagement opportunities this month for members of the campus and surrounding communities. Highlights include welcoming international students to campus through English-language practice and winter outings, exploring study abroad through short-term faculty-led programs, and the grand opening of the Global Lounge in the Bernhard Center on WMU's main campus. Read more at WMU News and WMU's Global Engagement site.


Chinese Partner university president visits wmu

WMU and GUFE OfficialsGuizhou University of Finance and Economics (GUFE) President Cai Shaohong visited Western Michigan University on August 18, meeting with WMU President Dunn, Provost Greene, and officials from the Haworth College of Business and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. GUFE and WMU recently launched a joint 3+1 program, allowing students from GUFE to transfer to WMU and earn a BBA in Accountancy. Currently, nearly 100 students are enrolled in the program at GUFE and are expected to transfer to WMU in fall of 2018. Additional joint programs are currently under development. President Cai was accompanied by Chang Mingming, Dean of the School of Economics, Zhou Xingang, Board Chairman of the School of Management Science, Zhang Yuqian, Executive Associate Dean of the International School, and Chen Yumei, Executive Associate Dean of the School of Cultural Communication & Law. GUFE is located in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in southwestern China.

Free Japanese Language Lessons

A series of free, beginner Japanese language lessons are being offered on three consecutive Fridays in July beginning July 8 in WMU's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Open to the public; no experience necessary. To register, contact the Soga Japan Center at (269) 387-5874 or Flier.

Area families needed to host visiting international teachers, students

If your family enjoys meeting new people, exploring new cultures and introducing American culture to international visitors, consider becoming a host family. Read more at WMU News.

Partner visits and an alumni reunion focus of recent delegation in Japan

WMU delegation at Japan universityHaenicke Institute Executive Director Jane Blyth and CELCIS Director Tom Marks returned June 14 from a nine-day trip to Japan to visit the following WMU partners: St. Margaret’s Junior College, Nihon University, Musashino University, the University of Tokyo, Aichi Prefectural University, Ritsumeikan University, Doshisha University, and Kyoto Notre Dame University. Blyth and Marks also attended an alumni reunion in Tokyo hosted by the Kalamazoo-Kai, a WMU alumni organization. Dr. Steve Covell, WMU professor of comparative religion, and students enrolled in WMU's Japan Religion and Culture study abroad course also participated in the reunion and gave a short presentation on what they had learned while in Japan. Blyth and Marks also gave several presentations to prospective students and faculty, from whom they received very positive responses about WMU. Photo gallery.

New Broncos from Papua-Indonesia

WMU’s Center for English Language and Culture for International Students welcomed 40 new Broncos to campus on June 11 from Papua-Indonesia! The cohort will study English this summer and some will enroll in University programs as early as fall semester. Group photo.

Chicago meetings bolster international partnerships

Associate Provost Wolfgang Schlor with an official from Education Malaysia USAHaenicke Institute Associate Provost Wolfgang Schlӧr visited the Education Malaysia Chicago office in Evanston, Ill. on Friday, June 10. He met with Director Azimah Binti Aziz to discuss ‪WMU‬'s Malaysian student population, opportunities for expanded student exchange between Malaysia and WMU, and current as well as potential partnerships with Malaysian universities. Currently, 46 Malaysian students are enrolled at WMU. Education Malaysia, previously known as Malaysia Students Department was a department established by the Government of Malaysia to manage the welfare of Malaysian students studying abroad. As time passed, Education Malaysia is now becoming a one stop center for all inquiries concerning Malaysia education, and hence, aligned with the expansion of its functions.

Schlӧr also visited the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago, Ill., where he met with Consul General Paulo Camargo, Deputy Consul Marianne Martins Guimares, and Education Assistant Janaina Bertao Solomos. Schlӧr discussed WMU's strong record in hosting students through Brazil's Scientific Mobility Program, as well as WMU's emerging institutional partnerships in the country.

WMU professor co-develops first world religions course at partner institution

Dr. Brian WilsonDr. Brian Wilson, WMU comparative religion professor and recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award, recently spent six weeks at Sunway University in Malaysia to co-develop the first-ever world religions course to be offered at Western University’s long-time institutional partner. We learned about his project in this interview. Read more.



Fulbright Fellow lands senior adviser position in Azerbaijan's education ministry

Orxan Abbasov, WMU Fulbright Fellow alumni, in AzerbejianOrxan Abbasov, a Fulbright Fellow who attended Western Michigan University from 2012 to 2014, was recently named senior advisor in the Ministry of Education in his home country—the Republic of Azerbaijan. He is currently working on implementation of a national strategy to develop education in rural, remote areas of Azerbaijan. Read more.


65 higher Education institutions participate in
9th International Conference on African Development

Participants in the 9th ICADA very successful 9th International Conference on African Development was held May 27-29, 2016 in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University College of Business and Economics, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Adama Science and Technology University, and Arsi University. Themed on “Challenges and Opportunities for Good Governance and Leadership for Sustainable Development of African States,” the conference attracted scholars and researchers from 65 universities and research institutes representing 20 countries. A broad range of topics were covered in three keynote presentations and through the 70 papers presented in the conference’s 20 plenary sessions. Read more.


Historical novelist snags Light Center research grant

Dr. Victor XiongDr. Victor Xiong is the recipient of the fifth annual Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. He will receive $3,000 to support three projects currently underway. Xiong, a professor of history, will use the award to promote a historical novel he recently published, to publish a monograph, and to help cover production costs of a forthcoming historical novel. Read more.

WMU officials visits UN to talk about international education

Western Michigan University's president and the University's chief international education official have been invited to United Nations headquarters in New York City to speak during a Friday, May 6, session focused on educational opportunities for young people in the Arab World. Read more at WMU News.

27th International Festival attracts thousands

Western Michigan University's premier multi-cultural celebration, International Festival, attracted more than 5,000 campus and community members to the Bernhard Center on Sunday, April 3, to celebrate the rich diversity international students bring to campus. Some videos and photos are accessible on the International Student Activities Facebook page and via the social media icons in the left column of this webpage. Thank you to the 135+ student volunteers, to the staff at the Bernhard Center, Dining Services, and the WMU Department of Public Safety for helping International Student Activities and the Campus Activities Board host a very successful 27th International Festival at WMU. Photo gallery.