Whatever your major, there is a study abroad program suited for you!
Studying abroad through the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University is an experience that can greatly enhance your education by raising your geographical and cultural awareness and increasing your employability for businesses seeking new hires who can function effectively in our global economy.
From courses in Belize to Europe and beyond, there is a program suited just for you!
The College of Arts and Sciences has 18 faculty-led study abroad programs in 15 countries.
Interested in studying abroad but aren't sure where to go?
Study abroad program advising
Contact a study abroad specialist to discuss how studying abroad can benefit your academic and professional goals.
I've been accepted to study abroad, now what?
College of Arts and Sciences students need to have study abroad courses pre-approved for use in your WMU degree.
Obtain course approval
- Obtain a blue course approval form from your study abroad advisor.
- Gather course descriptions for more courses than you anticipate registering for so you already have pre-approvals for back-up courses if you are not able to enroll in your preferred courses.
- If you wish to use a course for either a major or minor and in your general education, you need to have it evaluated by your major/minor advisor prior to visiting the CAS advising office for general education approval.
- If you find other courses that interest you upon arrival at your study abroad location, you may still have these courses approved. You will need to email the course descriptions to the appropriate advisor from your WMU email account to request the additional approvals. Please copy your study abroad advisor on this email.
Schedule an appointment
- Schedule an appointment to meet with the appropriate advisor for course approvals. Take your blue course approval form to each of your advising appointments.
Prepare for your trip
Study abroad: Funding; health and safety; pre-departure information; returning to campus
Financial aid is often available to defray some of the costs of studying abroad. Students may apply for scholarship funding to make this life-changing opportunity more affordable.
Study Abroad photo contest
Check out the College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Photo Contest for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $1,000!
Additional program information
- The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers study abroad programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Japanese. They also offer travel awards to support studying abroad.
- The Department of Spanish offers study abroad programs in Burgos, Spain; Heredia, Costa Rica; Santander, Spain; Quito, Ecuador. They also offer travel awards to support studying abroad.
- The Department of Political Science offers opportunities to study political science abroad.
- The Department of Comparative Religion offers a Japanese Religion and Culture Seminar every other year.