Global Engagement Scholarship

Morgan McCullough viewing the sunset from the Sahara Desert during her semester in Morocco

The Haenicke Institute for Global Education established the Global Engagement Scholarship in 2014 to support students participating in semester–length (minimum 12 credits) Western Michigan University study abroad programs to countries where English is not the native language. The scholarship attempts to defray some of the difference between the cost of attending WMU and the cost of the study abroad program for students who have shown a previous interest in their study abroad country or region. Use the links below to learn more about this scholarship. 


Students may apply for both financial-need and merit-based awards; merit-based awards do not require a completed FAFSA, but do require submission of a signed Financial Information Release with this application. Applicants seeking need-based awards are required to have a completed FAFSA on file. 

Upon returning to WMU after studying abroad, recipients of the Global Engagement Scholarship are required to submit a Global Engagement Project to the Study Abroad office. The completed project will be used to further promote WMU’s pillar of Global Engagement to current and prospective students, as well as to faculty, university staff, and community members.

Projects may include, but are not limited to:

• Short video documenting integration into local culture.

• Photo journal of a particular area of interest.

• Series of reflection essays (minimum of five, one-page essays).

• Series of blog posts (minimum 10 updates).

• Art portfolio, fine art project, or other local art project (handmade by the student).

• Other creative submissions are encouraged and will be accepted at the discretion of the
   Director of Study Abroad and Global Program Development.

Global Engagement Scholarship flier

Minimum qualifications:

1. Demonstrated financial need and/or solid academic record, especially in relevant language and culture courses.

2. U.S. citizenship (for financial need-based awards) or permanent residency. International students may apply for merit-based awards only if the native language of the country in which they plan to study is not their own.

3. Full-time undergraduate or graduate enrollment status at WMU through the completion date of the study abroad program.

  • Undergraduates must have at least sophomore status at the time of study abroad and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

4. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester of full-time coursework at WMU prior to semester of study abroad. GPA will be determined by averaging the GPA earned prior to attending WMU and the GPA for the first
    semester completed at WMU.

5. Solid academic preparation for study abroad consisting of courses in relevant foreign language and area studies directly related to the country or region of study as specified below:

  • Must have completed foundational language coursework at WMU by taking at least two semesters of language coursework or the equivalent (via placement exams administered by either the Department of World Languages and Literatures or the Department of Spanish) OR have completed at least two region- or country-specific courses prior to studying abroad.

6. Must complete at least one course (minimum of three credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.

Period of study Application deadline
Following spring semester October 15
Following fall semester or academic year April 15

Applicable programs (check with WMU study abroad for programs not listed)

American University of Sharjah (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo, Norway)

Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)

CIMBA (Paderno Del Grappa, Italy)

CIEE Global Institute Berlin Campus (Berlin, Germany)

Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan)

   —If taking Center for Global Education (CGE) program

Ewha Womans University (Seoul, South Korea)

   —If a majority of classes are taken in English

Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic)

Hong Kong Baptist University  (Hong Kong, China)

HU University of Applies Sciences Utrecht (Utrecht, Netherlands)

IAU College (Aix-en-Provence, France)

     —If a majority of classes are taken in English

John Cabot University (Rome, Italy)

Keimyung University (Daegu, South Korea)

Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)

     —If taking the Keio International Program (KIP)

KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)

     —If a majority of classes are taken in English

Kyung Hee University (Seoul, South Korea)

     —If a majority of classes are taken in English

Linnaeus University (Vaxjo, Sweden)

     —If a majority of classes are taken in English

Novancia Business School (Paris, France)

Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto, Japan)

     —If taking Open Study in English (OSE) program

Stockholm University (Stockholm, Sweden)

Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy)

Sunway University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) *Restrictions apply. See study abroad specialist.*

Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand)

University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)

University of Paderborn (Paderborn, Germany)

     —If a majority of classes are taken in English


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