General Expectations

All study abroad participants are expected to:

  1. Routinely check their @wmich.edu email address and respond to correspondence from WMU Study Abroad staff promptly.
  2. Submit all documents requested by WMU Study Abroad prior to their specified due date. If required forms are not received by specified dates, students may be denied the ability to participate in a program without financial recourse.
  3. Complete all components of the Broncos Abroad application, including requirements made available after being accepted into the program, while abroad, and upon return. This includes recorded predeparture modules and their accompanying assessments prior to the specified due date.
  4. Attend any in-person orientations and pre-departure meetings as scheduled by the program director and/or the WMU Study Abroad Office. It is the participant’s responsibility to make arrangements to attend these meetings. Failure to participate in any required pre-departure and orientation meetings may result in dismissal from the program and forfeiture of all program fees.
  5. Be enrolled in a course associated with their study abroad program prior to its departure. Typically, WMU Study Abroad processes the enrollment. Students who are not enrolled in a course (due to a hold or otherwise) are not permitted to participate in a study abroad program.
  6. Maintain full-time student status (minimum 12-credit hours for undergraduates/6-credit hours for graduate students per semester) if on a semester or academic year study abroad program.
  7. Individually determine visa requirements for all countries they will visit abroad. Participants may do so by consulting a travel agent or calling the consular offices of those countries. WMU Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas nor is it responsible for visa or entry denial. For some countries, certain medical requirements must be met before a visa will be issued. Many countries will not issue visas to persons with a police record. It is important to initiate this process as soon possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.