• Decorative: Globe with text "Haenicke Institute for Global Education's Global Expertise Database"

    The Global Expertise Database connects faculty, staff, students and the community to the rich global knowledge of thousands of faculty members and professional staff at Western Michigan University.

  • Follow along with Broncos currently studying, volunteering or working abroad.

    Bronco Bloggers Abroad

    Follow along with Broncos currently studying, volunteering or working abroad.

  • WMU professor and students in Spanish class

    Study a New Language

    Take a language class in WMU's Department of World Languages and Literatures or the Department of Spanish.

Global and intercultural competence

Western Michigan University aspires to advance the global and intercultural competence of its students, staff, faculty and the communities it serves. A globally, interculturally competent person:

  • Continually seeks to develop a diverse and knowledgeable worldview.
  • Comprehends international dimensions in their major field of study or work.
  • Communicates effectively in a second language and/or cross-culturally.
  • Exhibits cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Collaborates effectively and is able to make comparisons across cultures.

Learn more about global competence

  • $500K+ awarded in study abroad scholarships to WMU students each year.

  • 1,800+ international students representing more than 100 countries.

  • CELCIS a CEA accredited intensive English program since 1975.

  • 2,234 passports processed by the Haenicke Institute Passport Acceptance Facility.



Watch the Fall 2018 State of Global Engagement Address

September 12

Watch the Fall 2018 State of Global Engagement Address by Dr. Paulo Zagalo-Melo, associate provost of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. 

You are welcome here

January 23

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education and Western Michigan University are committed to being a welcoming and supportive place for everyone on our campus and in our community. As a proud advocate of diversity, the Haenicke Institute has developed a “You are welcome here” poster and appreciates any support you can give in spreading the message of this campaign.  You are invited to print your own poster or submit poster requests to the Haenicke Institute at wmu-international@wmich.edu

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Apply for U.S. passports at campus office

July 6

A United States passport acceptance facility is available in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education’s main administrative office on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall. Members of the campus community and the public planning international travel may apply for their passports via appointment or during walk-in hours.