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.

Register for Orientation   Complete pre-arrival guide

Dates and Schedules 

Entry Semester Early move-in
Residence Halls 
Orientation Dates Location of Orientation Classes Begin
Spring 2020 Jan. 2 at 9 a.m. Jan. 3 to Jan. 4 WMU Bernhard Center Jan. 6

Orientation Overview

International Student Orientation helps students make a successful academic and social transition to Western Michigan University.

Daily Schedules are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Daily programming includes: 

  1. Getting your student identification card (Bronco ID)
  2. Connecting with resources on campus
  3. Learning about U.S. social and academic culture 
  4. Academic advising and course registration  
  5. Optional activities

Documents to bring to orientation (Fast Track)

To expedite your check in process, we recommend that you photocopy and bring the following documents to the first day of orientation: 



Students arriving prior to their move-in date in their lease agreement or housing contract will have to make their own plans to stay in a hotel. There are many hotel options surrounding Western Michigan University. To find out if there is a discount available to you, inform the hotel staff that you are a new Western Michigan University international student.

Two hotels that are close to the Western Michigan University campus and provide reputable service are the Comfort Inn and the Staybridge Suites Kalamazoo.

Students with a Residence Hall Contract

Please check your move-in date in the WMU Residence Life move-in schedule.

Early move-in is based on the following requirements:

  • You are a new student registered to attend International Student Orientation 
  • You have a housing contract to live in one of the on-campus residence halls
  • You are willing to pay additional fees per night until your housing contract begins
    ($40 per night in residence hall/ $50 per night in Western Heights) 

Students arriving prior to the designated residence hall early move-in date will have to make their own plans to stay in a hotel until that day.

WMU's Residence Life staff may be reached during regular business hours at (269) 387-4735 or via email at


Students can arrange for transportation to WMU’s main campus by calling a taxi or a ride sharing service. In addition, we recommend students become familiar with the Kalamazoo Bus System and Bronco Transit. Finally, some apartment complexes nearby to WMU provide transportation to campus, so be sure to ask your lease office about this service. 


During Orientation

During orientation you will be provided with a free breakfast and lunch each day. Student dining meal plans will not start in WMU dining halls and cafeterias until the first day of classes. However, the Bernhard Center Café and Market will be open with meals to buy. The Bernhard Center café is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Food in the Community

Kalamazoo offers a wide variety of food options within the community that have convenient hours.

FRequently Asked QUestions

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

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