Welcome to CELCIS

Orientation Information

Congratulations and welcome to the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) at Western Michigan University! We are excited that you chose WMU and we look forward to meeting you at the International Student Orientation.

Student smiling and giving peace sign with handComplete the Pre-Arrival Guide 

Attend International Student Orientation

Entry SemesterOrientation DatesLocationCELCIS Classes 
Summer 2024May 2Location to be determined

Classes begin May 6

Summer II 2024

June 26

Ellsworth Hall, Garden Level

Classes begin Jun 27

Fall 2024Aug 21-27Location to be determined

Classes begin Aug 28

Spring 2025Jan 3Location to be determinedClasses begin Jan 6

All new students are required to attend the International Student Orientation. 

Visit here for a campus map or directions.

Orientation includes: ISORP leader at podium in Bernhard Center

  • Registration
  • Placement testing
  • Campus tour
  • Information sessions
  • Shopping trip
  • Assistance with banking 
  • Assistance with housing
  • Social events



If you have an emergency and will not arrive in Kalamazoo for the first day of orientation, please contact celcis-info@wmich.edu. All students (new and returning) who are unable to arrive on time should understand the following:

  1. Students must notify the CELCIS chair by email and receive permission to arrive late.
  2. Late arrival for ANY reason may have a negative effect on the students progress during that semester.
  3. All students who begin classes after the start of the semester, for any reason, will be counted absent for the classes they have missed. 
  4. Students who arrive late without permission may not be able to study.


W-exchange and E-Learning Log-in help

You will receive important information via email and on E-Learning, WMU's course management system. For instructions on how to log-in, watch the videos below:

How to login to W-Exchange

Video of Log into W-Exchange

How to login to E-learning

Video of Log into E learning