International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Western Michigan University!

Western Michigan University's International Student Orientation (ISO) is an online series of topics designed to help you make a smooth academic, social, geographic, and professional transition to WMU. It concludes with an in-person event that is open to all new international students! Participation in International Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students.

Upcoming International Student Orientation Dates

Fall Semester 2024 (Two Days):
Mandatory Document Check & Orientation for All: August 22
Undergraduate Students begin multi-day, fun Fall Welcome: August 22-27
Graduate Student Social Gathering: August 23, 2024


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International Student Orientation will provide you with:

  • Information and resources

    International Student Orientation (ISO) is standard practice at American Universities. ISO will provide a wealth of information and resources to help international students navigate their new environment, including information about the school's policies and procedures, academic programs, and local resources. 

  • Networking opportunities

    Orientation provides a great opportunity for international students to meet their peers and make new friends from different countries and cultures.

  • Cultural adjustment

    Moving to a new country can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, but international student orientation can help ease this transition by providing opportunities to learn about the local culture, customs, and expectations.

  • Support system

    International student orientation also serves as an introduction to the support systems available to students, such as student services, counseling, and advising.

Orientation Timeline

International Student Orientation is a 6-week series of online topics (via WMU ElearningWebex & social media) to help you make a smooth academic, social, geographic and professional transition to WMU. In each topic, you will learn about the University and accomplish important tasks before you begin classes. 

You will receive instructions on accessing International Student Orientation via email.

Official Orientation WhatsApp Group

Guidelines for Using the WhatsApp International Student Orientation Group

  • Purpose of the Group: This group has been created specifically for international students to facilitate communication regarding orientation and on campus activities.
  • Be Respectful: Everyone comes from different cultural, educational, and personal backgrounds. Respect differences and avoid making inappropriate or offensive remarks.
  • Privacy: Do not share your personal details or of any member of this group within this chat.
  • No Spam: Refrain from sending irrelevant or harmful messages, advertisements, or any content that is not related to the orientation.

This group's primary objective is to ensure a smooth orientation for international students. Let's collaborate and make this process enjoyable and informative for everyone.

Note: Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in removal from the group. Let's maintain a positive and helpful environment for all!

Please see the link to join the official orientation WhatsApp group in your orientation welcome emails.


You will receive instructions on accessing International Student Orientation and Elearning via email.

Or, follow the instructions or video below.

Link to start:

  1. Find your Bronco NetID and temporary password on your admission letter. It is useful to memorize this as it is your username for Elearning and W-Exchange (your WMU email).
  2. You may need to install the 2-Factor Authentication app Duo Mobile on your smartphone (AndroidiPhone). More information can be found here.
  3. Navigate to GoWMU. This is your portal for all WMU student services, including Elearning, W-Exchange, course registration, campus events, and more.
  4. Enter your Bronco NetID and password. Upon your first login, you will be required to change your password.
  5. Once logged in, you will see the GoWMU homepage. Navigate to the Quick Links drop-down list to find the link to Elearning and W-Exchange (your WMU email).
  6. For Elearning, you will be asked to log in again. You can also bookmark this login page for quick access later.
  7. For W-Exchange, you will be taken to the Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) homepage. To access your email, simply click "Outlook" on the bar on the left side of your screen.

Video Guide to Logging in to Elearning:


Video of Log into E learning

Video Guide to Logging in to W-Exchange (WMU Email):


Video of Log into W-Exchange



For questions related to orientation, please first ask them in the WhatsApp group (The WhatsApp Group link will be available in the email communications you receive about orientation.) If you do not find an answer, you can email us at

For questions regarding immigration, enrollment, advising, housing, healthcare, or anything outside of orientation, start by reviewing frequently asked questions for admitted students page.

Please send additional questions to