Study Abroad Programs

 Studying abroad through WMU's College of Health and Human Services can raise your geographical and cultural awareness by providing experiences that allow you to function more effectively in our global economy. In the end, studying abroad can make you a better student and a better job candidate after graduation.

2023-24 courses

Fall 2023:

  • Social Justice in India
    Patti Criswell 

Spring 2024:

  • Healthcare in Costa Rica
    Pamela Wadsworth
  • Community Health in Guatemala
    Mahana Lugo & Kristen Bylsma
  • Int’l Perspectives on Aging in Ireland and Northern Ireland
    Tracy Young & Maureen Mickus

Summer I 2024:

  • Gerontology in the United Kingdom
    Patti Ingle

Summer II 2024:

  • Health Care Ethics - Global Hubs: Essential Studies Abroad in Portugal
    Angela Groves

Study Abroad Gala

Join us in the CHHS Atrium on Wednesday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about study abroad programs at CHHS. Our advisors will be on hand, as will representatives from the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. Learn about our upcoming programs and ask questions about courses coming up in the next year.

  • dancing man
  • students posing
  • mural of old woman
  • Students in pretend hot air balloon
  • Video of Harm Reduction and Tolerance in Behavioral Health in the Netherlands 2022
  • Video of Western Michigan University students: What is study abroad like?

Advising and Scholarships


Interested in study abroad, but don't know where to start? Schedule an appointment with Anastassia Kaml, study abroad specialist, at or (269) 387-5890. She can help you find study abroad opportunities that fit your program of study, and connect you to other resources related to study abroad.

Scholarship Fund

Students who study abroad do better in school, and you can help. Your financial gift can support the personal growth and global engagement of CHHS students by supporting study abroad opportunities in the College of Health and Human Services.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid

If you are eligible for federal or state financial aid, you may use your award for studying abroad. Once you have been accepted to a program,  you will complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply your aid to your study abroad program.  It is your responsibility to complete the paperwork before departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU study abroad specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.


You may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

Support Study Abroad

You can help enrich a student's worldview by supporting the CHHS Study Abroad Scholarship fund. Your donation will allow CHHS students to become more globally engaged.