Scholarships

Exercise science and Spanish major Enrico Montalvo received a prestigious Gilman award to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2017.

Students are encouraged to conduct extensive scholarship research to identify all scholarships that are applicable to their planned program of study. In many cases, WMU students receive more than one scholarship award to help fund this life-changing experience.

Types of Scholarships:

Haenicke Institute for Global Education Scholarships

Global Ambassadors Competition and Scholarshipprovides funding for study abroad for first-time, full-time incoming freshman.

Global Engagement Scholarshipsupports foreign language study combined with other subjects for semester or academic year.

Haenicke Institute For Global Education Study Abroad Scholarshipssupports WMU faculty-led short-term courses.

Mesara Study Abroad Airfare Scholarship—provides partial funding for airfare to select Pell-grant eligible students.

President's Grant for Study Abroad—supports intensive foreign language study for semester or academic year.

Wenger Memorial Study or Work Abroad Fund—supports study in the United Kingdom lasting 10 weeks or more.

College-specific scholarships 

WMU college-specific scholarships support a wide variety of study abroad experiences. 

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Aviation

College of Education and Human Development

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

College of Fine Arts

College of Health and Human Services

Haworth College of Business

Lee Honors College

Country and Region-Specific Scholarships

Africa

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Asia

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Gilman Scholarship

Central and Eastern Europe

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

France

The FACC Scholarship ProgramFrench-language or business study or internship in France. 

Germany

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst undergraduate scholarship—provides support to study, research, or intern in Germany.

Freie University of Berlin—provides a full-ride scholarship for one academic year to the Freie University of Berlin.

Gilman Scholarship

Japan

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Gilman Scholarship

Japan Business Society of Detroit Consortium Scholarship

Japan Student Services Organization

Monbukagakusho Scholarship

Murakami Scholarship application—provides a full-ride scholarship for one academic year to Keio University. Read more about Yukiko Murakami.

U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation

Latin America

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Gilman Scholarship

Middle East

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Gilman Scholarship

New Zealand

Education New Zealand—various scholarships for students studying at a university in New Zealand.

Scandinavia

American-Scandinavian Foundation Award

United Kingdom

Jennifer C. Wenger Memorial Study or Work Abroad Fund

Financial Need-Based Scholarships

Bruce W. Mesara Study Abroad Airfare Scholarship—provides partial funding for airfare to select Pell-grant eligible students.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Gilman Scholarship

Foreign-Language Study Scholarships

Diversity Abroad

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia

Gilman Scholarship

National Flagship Language Program

President's Grant for Study Abroad

WMU Department of Spanish

WMU Department of World Languages and Literatures

Major-specific scholarships

Business

Haworth College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship

West Michigan World Trade Association

Economics

Global Economist Scholarship

Geography

Dr. Oscar H. Horst Endowment for Geography Award

Mary Upjohn Meader Study Abroad Award

Spanish

WMU Department of Spanish

Political science

George Klein Scholarship in Central and East European Studies

Howard Wolpe Scholarship for African Study

Zoa D. Shilling Scholarship for Foreign Study: Spring semester, Fall semester

Women's Studies

Jennifer C. Wenger Memorial Study or Work Abroad Fund

Post-Graduation Scholarships

Boren award—national scholarship for undergraduates to study language in areas underrepresented in study abroad.

Fulbright for WMU students and alumni

Other resources

CEA alternative funding list

Christianson Grant and Working Abroad Grant

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants for Art

Fund for Education Abroad

Global Studies Grants to Support the Study of International Affairs

Institute of International Education Study Abroad Funding

NAFSA U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants (Membership not required.)