Global Engagement Newsletter

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Western Michigan University is a globally-engaged University that offers many opportunities for students to expand their world views and to increase their inter-cultural competence. The Haenicke Institute for Global Education serves as a point place on campus for international activity. Visit the  Haenicke Institute website to learn more, or social media pages hosted by the institute's units and research centers.

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Opportunities through the Haenicke Institute

Working with international students—more than 1,800 international students representing 105 countries are currently enrolled at WMU.

  • The International Student Orientation and Registration Program utilizes WMU student leaders (paid) to welcome new international students to campus just prior to the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer I semesters.
  • CELCIS: The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students is WMU's English as a Second Language program. Help a fellow Bronco learn English by volunteering as a conversation partner and learn about another culture.
  • Buddy Program: Study Abroad alumni have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors to exchange students coming to WMU through international partnerships with other universities. This program satisfies a volunteer requirement for the President's Grant for Study Abroad scholarship and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education President's Scholarship for Study Abroad. 
  • Sign up as a volunteer for International Festival held in March or the Study Abroad fair held in early October.

Research centers and institutes

  • Center for African Development Policy Research: The Center for African Development Policy Research is an interdisciplinary academic program established at WMU in fall 2000. The center is a joint initiative of the WMU Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education, to foster collaborative research activities with relevant WMU academic departments and units in implementing its activities. See their website for more information of what they offer.
  • Confucius Institute at WMU: Established in fall 2009 through a partnership with Beijing Language and Culture University, the Confucius Institute at WMU offers language and culture classes to foster a deeper understanding of China. 
  • Timothy Light Center for Chinese StudiesEstablished in fall 2010, the Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies was created to enhance the work of faculty and graduate researchers at WMU who have expertise in some field of Sinology and their continuing pedagogical and research interests in China. 
  • Michitoshi Soga Japan Center: was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to promoting research to advance knowledge about Japan for students and scholars, government, community and corporate leaders, and the general public. The Soga Center works with an extensive alumni network in Japan and benefits from the Japan Friends of WMU endowment. See their website for more information on what they offer.

International registered student organizations

WMU hosts more than 300 registered student organizations and many of them focus on international events and communities—visit this webpage for more information.

For more information, contact the Haenicke Institute.