International Student Orientation

Student volunteer helps to answer a question of a new international student

Current students volunteer to help answer questions during International Student Orientation.

Congratulations on your admission to Western Michigan University! We look forward to meeting you at International Student Orientation.

The International Student Orientation team is here to help you make a smooth academic, social, geographic, and professional transition to WMU. You will meet new friends, faculty, staff and current international students who will help you throughout your time as a bronco.

International Student Orientation for the Summer I semester will take place via distance education starting April 30 at 10 a.m. (EST - Kalamazoo time) via Webex and E-Learning

Register for Orientation   Complete pre-arrival guide

Dates and Schedules 

Entry Semester Early move-in
Residence Halls 
Orientation Dates Location of Orientation Classes Begin
Summer 2020 N/A April 30 - May 1
Includes continued programming through the Summer I semester. Concludes in attendance of Fall Orientation programming (pending conditions and accessibilty)
Online via WebexE-learning May 4 (Summer I online)
Fall 2020 Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. Aug. 26 - Aug 28 WMU Bernhard Center Sept. 2
Spring 2021 Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 - Jan. 8 WMU Bernhard Center Jan. 11
Summer I 2021 TBA May 6 TBA May 10


Virtual ORIENTATION OVERVIEW: Thursday April 30

10 to 11 a.m. (EST - Kalamazoo time): Welcome from Haenicke Institute for Global Education (via Webex)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST - Kalamazoo time): Complete International Student Orientation (via E-learning)

  • Register for Summer I courses
  • Ask questions of students and staff 
  • Learn about the E-learning platform
  • Get familiar with International Student Orientation Leaders

FRequently Asked QUestions

Review the frequently asked questions by admitted students. Please send additional questions to

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