For Students

WMU student volunteers to build chimneys for communities in Peru.

Western Michigan University impacts the globe positively. We are a community of learners committed to human dignity, sustainability, social responsibility, and justice. Our campus embraces a diverse population of students, faculty and staff who develop learners and leaders who are locally oriented and globally competent, culturally aware and ready to contribute to world knowledge and discovery.

To engage globally, students can:


Get involved with activities, events, and news with a global focus

Attend lectures and events with an international focus.

Global Engagement opportunities    


Follow non-mainstream news sources from other countries, set up social media feeds from sources that cover or are located in other countries, and stay geographically oriented by identifying current the locations of current events.

Stay in-touch with units on campus with a global focus and WMU faculty who are globally engaged. 

Help with welcoming efforts


Interact with other cultures on campus and in the community

Get involved in a service-learning or volunteer project with local communities representing other cultures or local non-profits involved in global affairs.

Interact with international students through joining a registered student organization with an international focus, living with or alongside someone from another country, and helping international students practice English.


Video of WMU Stories - Austin Matheney

WMU Alumni Austin Matheney talks about his life-changing experience studying abroad.

Study, intern, or volunteer abroad

Take courses with a global focus

Take major, minor, or elective courses with a global focus.

Search for Globally Focused Courses 

Pursue minor with global focus to accompany your degree..

Study a foreign language as a major, minor, or elective.

Arabic          Chinese          French          German         Hindi/Urdu          Japanese        Latin            Spanish         Russian       Vietnamese


Apply for a passport!

Members of the campus community and the public may apply for their passports and have the necessary photos taken at WMU's Passport Acceptance Facility in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Execution and photo fees are waived for WMU students, staff and faculty!

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