International Student Orientation

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Current WMU students serve as International Student Orientation leaders, assisting incoming students in making a smooth academic, professional and social transition to the University.

Western Michigan University's International Student Orientation is an online series of modules designed to help you make a smooth academic, social, geographic, and professional transition to WMU. You will receive instructions on accessing International Student Orientation via email. 

International Student Orientation will prepare you to: 

  • Locate resources that you need to be successful at Western Michigan University. 
  • Utilize the technical applications needed for success.
  • Understand expectations specific to you as an international student.
  • Access personal connections to support your success.
  • Check-off important to-do items.
  • Feel connected to the WMU community.

Congratulations on your admission to Western Michigan University!  

If arriving from an international location, you must read and comply with WMU's "Vaccination and Traveling from International Locations" protocol. 

Dates & Structure  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)   Leadership Internship Program   

 Stay up to date on Immigration compliance by visiting wmich.edu/immigration

 

Dates & Structure

International Student Orientation is a 6-week series of online modules (via WMU E-learning, Webex & social media) to help you make a smooth academic, social, geographic, and professional transition to WMU. In each module, you will learn about the University and accomplish important tasks before you begin classes. You will receive instructions

Entry SemesterOrientation DatesEarly Move-In Residence HallsClasses Begin

Spring 2023

You receive instructions on accessing International Student Orientation via email.

 

 

November 17: Module 1| "Log-In, Connect, Get Started!" Work on this module during this week in E-learning

 January 5*

Students have the option to move-in on January 4 but may incur a fee.

 January 9
November 24: Module 2 | "College Advising" Work on this module during this week in E-learning
December 1: Module 3 | "Succeeding Academically" Work on this module during this week in E-learning

December 7: 

Module 4 | "Maintain Health & Legal Status" Work on this module during this week in E-learning

"Meet Your International (I3S) Advisor(s)" | Meet via Webex. Link provided through email & E-learning

December 15: 

Module 5 | "Health & Finance" Work on this module during this week in E-learning

"Meet Your Student Leader" | TBD

December 22: 

Module 6 | "Success Outside the Classroom" Work on this module during this week in E-learning

"WMU Campus Living" | TBD

January 3-5: Kalamazoo airport and train station pickup available

January 5: Spring Orientation 

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FRequently Asked QUestions

Is International Student Orientation mandatory? 

Yes! Your success at Western Michigan University is our top priority. International Student Orientation is a crucial academic, professional and social introduction to the University. Plus, you will accomplish many important things during International Student Orientation, including registering for classes, learning about math placement, registering for housing and making friends. 

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

When does International Student Orientation begin? 

International Student Orientation begins virtually 6 weeks prior to the first day of classes. To access online learning modules, you will need to activate your GoWMU account. You will also be assigned a small cohort for the duration of the 6 weeks, facilitated by a current WMU student on WhatsApp.*

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

*If WhatsApp is not accessible, another chat-function will be utilized. 

What do I need to do for International Student Orientation? 

Successfully completing International Student Orientation is easy! You will be expected to: 

  1. Complete online E-learning modules
  2. Connect with your small cohort and student-leader weekly
  3. Pass E-learning assessments, attesting that you have completed important tasks each week

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

What if I missed the "Meet your I3S Advisor" meeting on 12/7/22?

You can watch a recording of the meeting here. It includes important information regarding immigration status, classes, and logging into eLearning. 

The recording is also available in eLearning.

How do I get to campus from the airport or train station?

Transportation will be provided by WMU at the following times from the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo International Airport (KZO) and Kalamazoo Train Station (KAL).

You can make alternative arrangements if you wish.

What can I expect during orientation?

You can view the schedule for orientation below.

How do I login to E-Learning and W-Exchange (WMU email)?

You can can view the video below to see the following steps in action. 

  1. Find your Bronco NetID and temporary password on your admission letter. It is useful to memorize this as it is your username for E-Learning and W-Exchange (your WMU email).
  2. You may need to install the 2-Factor Authentication app Duo Mobile on your smartphone (Android, iPhone). More information can be found here.
  3. Navigate to GoWMU. This is your portal for all WMU student services, including E-Learning, 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 E-Learning and W-Exchange (your WMU email).
  6. For E-Learning, you will be asked to login 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 E-Learning:

 

Video of Log into E learning

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

 

Video of Log into W-Exchange

More Frequently Asked Questions:

Review generally frequently asked questions by admitted students. Please send additional questions to oiss-info@wmich.edu

 

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