The Haenicke Institute is the campus home of four international research centers and institutes that aid Western Michigan University in expanding and advancing instructional programs and language study and which provide funding to students, faculty and community members for research and study overseas. These centers and institutes also host lectures by leading scholars addressing international topics, as well as offering cultural events and activities that are open to the public.
- The Center for African Development Policy Research is an interdisciplinary academic program established at WMU in October 2000 intended to foster collaborative research activities with relevant WMU academic departments and units. CADPR has organized a series of conferences on Ethiopian studies in Kalamazoo and Addis Ababa.
- Established July 7, 2009, the Confucius Institute at WMU was created through a partnership between WMU and Beijing Language and Culture University. It is the fourth such institution to be implemented in Michigan, and the 61st to be founded in the United States. The Confucius Institute at WMU is a non-profit organization created to provide Chinese language and culture studies options for WMU students and faculty and to dramatically expand international opportunities for regional K-12 schools and local businesses.
- Established in fall 2010, the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies was created to enhance the work of faculty and graduate researchers at WMU who have expertise in some field of Sinology and their continuing pedagogical and research interests in China.
- The Michitoshi Soga Japan Center was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to promoting research to advance knowledge about Japan for students and scholars, government, community and corporate leaders, and the general public. The Soga Center works with an extensive alumni network in Japan and benefits from the Japan Friends of WMU endowment.