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   

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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.

Entry Semester Orientation Dates Early Move-In Residence Halls Classes Begin

Fall 2021

 

 

 

July 14: Online modules open in E-learning Aug. 24 Sept. 1
Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. EST: "Meet Your Immigration Advisor" event via WMU Webex
Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. EST: "Welcome to WMU" event via WMU Webex
Aug. 25 & 26: campus tours and activities TBA

If arriving from an international location, you must read and comply with WMU's "Vaccination and Arriving from International Locations" protocol. 
Sept. 15: "Two-Week Check-In" event via WMU Webex

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

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

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International Student Orientation LEadership Program

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills, assisting new students in navigating the University and making friends from all over the world? Apply for an internship in the International Student Orientation Leadership Program. In the 10-week internship program, you will serve as a small group leader for international students entering the University. You will assist in answering questions about the learning content, helping them connect with each other and providing resources. 

The timeline for the Fall 2021 program is: 

  • Application deadline: July 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Training (virtual): July 12 - July 23, times TBA
  • International Student Orientation (weekly internship responsibilities, virtual and in-person): July 22, 2021 to Sept. 16, 2021
  • Wrap-up: Sept. 16-17

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