For Students

WMU student volunteers to build chimneys for communities in Peru.

Western Michigan University impacts the globe positively. We are a community of learners committed to human dignity, sustainability, social responsibility, and justice. Our campus embraces a diverse population of students, faculty and staff who develop learners and leaders who are locally oriented and globally competent, culturally aware and ready to contribute to world knowledge and discovery.

To engage globally, students can:

Get involved with activities, events, and news with a global focus

  • Attend lectures and events with an international focus.

Opportunities for Global Engagement  

  • Follow non-mainstream news sources from other countries, set up social media feeds from sources that cover or are located in other countries, and stay geographically oriented by identifying current the locations of current events.

World News  National Geographic World Maps

  • Stay in-touch with units on campus with a global focus and WMU faculty who are globally engaged.

Haenicke Institute for Global Education  WMU Globally Engaged Faculty 

More than 100 students volunteer to host WMU's annual International Festival.

Help with welcoming efforts

#WelcomeAtWestern

Interact with other cultures on campus and in the community 

  • Get involved in a service-learning or volunteer project with local communities representing other cultures or local non-profits involved in global affairs. 

Service-Learning     Volunteer Projects

  • Interact with international students through joining a registered student organization with an international focus, inviting someone from another country to be your roommate, and helping international students practice English.

Global RSO's      Help Practice English

  • Serve as an international student orientation leader, a paid position.

International Student Orientation Leader

WMU Alumni Austin Matheney talks about his life-changing experience studying abroad.

Study, intern, or volunteer abroad

WMU Study Abroad

Take courses with a global focus

  • Take major, minor, or elective courses with a global focus.

Globally Focused Courses 

  • Pursue minor with global focus to accompany your degree.

Asian Studies   International Business   Global and International Studies
       Latin American Studies   Modern European Studies   World Literature

  • Study a foreign language as a major, minor, or elective.

Arabic           Chinese           French           German           Japanese           Latin             Spanish           Russian