Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship

Photo of beach and tiki hut.The Haenicke Institute for Global Education (HIGE) offers need– and merit–based scholarships for short-term study abroad courses directed by Western Michigan University faculty in fall, spring, summer I and summer II semesters. Need–based awards are worth up to $2,000; merit-based awards are worth up to $1,000*. Eligible students may apply for one or both awards.

Notice to applicants: Haenicke Institute for Global Education need-based and merit-based study abroad scholarships are suspended for spring, summer I, and summer II 2018 due to lack of available funding. The Office of Study Abroad hopes to begin accepting HIGE scholarship applications again with its fall 2018 cycle. Students are encouraged to seek scholarship opportunities from their respective departments and colleges and from external sources. Students are also encouraged to contact the specialist assigned to their country/region of study for additional help and suggestions.

A sample of programs previously eligible for a Haenicke Institute for Global Education Scholarship follows.

*Some exceptions apply to programs that do not entail air transportation and to those that WMU Study Abroad and The Haenicke Institute have made other financial arrangements and commitments.

Eligibility requirements

  • Enrollment in a WMU degree-granting program; students who graduate before the start of the study abroad course are not eligible.
  • The cost estimate from the online program brochure is the official financial aid budget. Applicants who have not filed a FAFSA with the WMU Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office are not eligible for need-based awards.
  • All WMU students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be considered for merit-based awards on a competitive basis.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents may also apply for need-based awards, which are based on demonstrated financial need (FAFSA required) and expected family contribution calculation.
  • Admission and commitment to a short-term study abroad course (minimum three credits) taught by WMU faculty.


  • Spring programs: November 15
  • Summer I programs: January 31
  • Summer II programs: February 28
  • Fall programs: July 31

Additional resources

Scholarship Application    

Applicable programs


Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (San Lucas, Toliman, Guatemala)

Education, Service and International Development (Urubamba, Peru)

Intercultural Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic - Kalamazoo Promise students only (San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic)

International Perspectives on Aging (Dublin, Belfast, Ballyshannon, Cashel; Ireland)

Sustainability in Santiago de Cuba (Santiago de Cuba, Cuba)

Summer I

Book Arts in Europe (Amsterdam, Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; Basel, Switzerland; Cornuda, Florence and Venice, Italy; Mainz, Germany)

Business and Culture in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

Business and Culture in Thailand (Bangkok, Thailand)

Cultural Connections: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Dakar, Senegal)

Education and Health Across China: From Kindergarten to College (Hohhot, Beijing,Shenyang; China)

Exploring Health and Healthcare Systems in South Africa (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

German Business and Culture (Berlin and Paderborn, Gerrmany)

Monasticism in Europe - Germany and Austria (Passau, Germany; Vienna, Austria)

Overseas Study on China's Water Resources Management (Beijing and Lanzhou, China)

Religion and Culture in Japan (Kyoto, Nikko, and Tokyo, Japan)

Russian Literature Study (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Spanish in Quito, Ecuador (Quito, Ecuador)

The Workforce Education and Development System in Germany (Bremen and Magdeburg, Germany)

Tropical Biology in Belize (Punta Gorda, Belize)

Western Roots of Interior Design: Greek Influence (Athens and various cities in Greece; Crete and Santorini Islands)

Summer II

Arabic Study in Emirates (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Business and Culture in South America: Chile (Santiago, Chile)

Chinese Language and Culture (Beijing, China)

Focus on Health Care: Summer School Utrecht (Utrecht, Netherlands)

International Perspectives on Aging (Dublin, Belfast, Ballyshannon, Cashel: Ireland)

Media Ethics and Culture in London (London and Bath, United Kingdom)

Tourism Spaces of the United Kingdom (London, United Kingdom)

Universidad de Cantabria (undergraduate) (Santander, Spain)

Universite Laval Summer Program (Quebec City, Canada)


Business and Culture in Ghana (Accra, Ghana)

Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic)

India: Sustainability in the Developing World (Banglore, India)

Social Justice and Sustainability in India (Banglore, India)