Global Leadership Program

Three students overlooking Macchu Picchu making "WMU" with their arms. Overlaying text: "Apply by March 1 priority deadline!"Nationally and internationally recognized, Western Michigan University aspires to distinguish itself as learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. The WMU Global Leadership Program (formally known as the Global Ambassadors Program) is an innovative, four-year program that brings together all three University pillars. The leadership program is a joint initiative between Enrollment Management and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. 

In the Global Leadership Program students explore global topics and develop leadership skills through coursework, study abroad and local community involvement.  


Benefits of Global Leadership Program

Global leadership skills are important to employers: ability to work with diverse colleagues. customers and/or clients important to 96% of employers; over 60% of companies consider international experience in hiring and promotion; intercultural skills important to 73% of employers; 63% of teachers, 63% of parents and 65% of Fortune 500 executives want knowledge of other cultures and international issues. The WMU Global Leadership program provides a four-year curriculum that guides students through an exploration of global topics and the development of the leadership skills necessary in an increasingly globalized world.

Through the program, students will: 

  1. Become informed, open-minded and responsible leaders who are attentive to diversity across a spectrum of differences
  2. Explore how their actions affect both local and global communities 
  3. Address a global issue, locally by collaborating with a community organization
  4. Develop intercultural communication skills 
  5. Serve as Western Michigan University representatives abroad
  6. Gain academic and professional international experience 


Program Components 

The WMU Global Leadership Program is a four-year curriculum with the following structure: 

Year 1

"Global Challenges"

  • Global Leadership First Year Seminar course, 2 credits (fall semester)
  • Introduction to global studies course with spring break travel abroad, 3 credits (spring semester) 

Year 2

"Global Leadership"

  • Leadership skills course and retreat, 3 credits (fall semester)
  • Global engagement international trip (spring semester)

Year 3

"Beyond the Classroom"

  • $5000 credit for semester study abroad program (fall or spring semester)

Year 4

"Global Capstone"

  • Global capstone project with community organization (fall semester)
  • Mentoring with WMU faculty member (fall semester)
  • Global Student Leadership conference (spring semester)



Applicants for the WMU Global Leadership Program must be: 

  • A first-time, incoming freshman
  • Fully-admitted to WMU
  • Undergraduate student
  • Studying in a four-year or five-year academic program

Applicants must use their WMU-assigned Bronco NetID and password to apply through Broncos Abroad


Costs and Scholarships

Decorative: "Ten fully-funded scholarships available!"The cost of the Global Leadership Program is $2,500 per semester. The program cost includes all program components (tuition, course materials, travel, retreats, etc.). 

The Global Leadership Program awards fully-funded scholarships to the top 10 applicants. Applicants are accepted in to the program who do not receive a program scholarship are eligible to apply for scholarship funding through WMU Study Abroad and other university sources during semesters that include study abroad components. 


Learn More and Apply!

Group of WMU students with the WMU flag in front of the Centro de Salud Integral in the Dominican Republic.Information for 2020 applications will be announced shortly. 

Contact the Haenicke Institute for Global Education with additional questions at