American University Experience: 1-2 Semesters (Partner)


Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally-engaged public university that enrolls more than 23,000 students from across the United States and 100 countries.

The American University Experience (formerly known as "Study Abroad @WMU") is a short-term option for international students to enroll at Western Michigan University for one to two academic semesters. Students from international partner institutions receive a discounted program rate.

 

Benefits of American University Experience   

  • Three study abroad students sitting in the grass on a sunny day on the WMU campus.

    American University Experience students can explore the campus, culture and community of Western Michigan University for one to two consecutive semesters.

    Study for one or two consecutive semesters.
  • Study in English.
  • Select courses not available at your home university from 140 undergraduate programs or from select graduate programs.
  • Reasonable tuition.
  • Free airport pickup from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport.
  • On-campus housing with WMU students.
  • Located in the Midwest.

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Program Information 

CELCIS student takes a moment to pose for a photo while leaving the CELCIS office.

American University Experience students with TOEFL scores of between 52 and 70 iBT can enroll in the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CECLIS) and regular academic classes concurrently.

Eligibility requirements

  • Undergraduate students—Cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Graduate students—Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • TOEFL score of 52 iBT (undergraduates) or 80 iBT (graduates) to enroll in at least some WMU academic courses.
  • TOEFL scores below 52 iBT (undergraduates) or 80 iBT (550 PBT) (graduates) to enroll in WMU's Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) (ESL classes).
  • Exceptions can only be made with prior approval from the WMU Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Program Fees (2019-2020)

Estimated program fees for undergraduate and graduate study for 2019-2020 semesters are based on full-time status and do not include home-institution rates. 

Estimated Undergraduate Program Fee Per Semester: 2019-2020
  ESL (CELCIS) Only Dual Enrollment Pathway
(ESL (CELCIS + University coursework))
University Coursework Only
(12-15 credits)
(TOEFL SCORE) (Below 52) (52 - 60) (61 - 70) (71 or higher)
Tuition and program fees*
(with 10% partner discount and applicable scholarships)
$5,507  $7,745  $8,167 $7,918 
On-campus housing and meals (required) $5,230 $5,230 $5,230 $5,230
Health insurance $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Estimated program fee for one semester* $12,237  $14,475  $14,897 $14,648

*Books and incidental expenses are not included. 

Estimated Graduate Program Fee Per Semester: 2019-2020
  ESL (CELCIS) Only Dual Enrollment Pathway
(ESL (CELCIS + University coursework))
University Coursework Only
(9 credits)
(TOEFL SCORE) (Below 52) (52 - 60) (61 - 70) (80 or higher)
Tuition and program fees* 
(with 10% partner discount and applicable scholarships)
$5,507 $7,766 $6,487 $7,013
On-campus housing and meals (required) $5,230 $5,230 $5,230 $5,230
Health insurance $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Estimated program fee for one semester* $12,237  $14,496  $13,217 $13,743

*Books and incidental expenses are not included. 

Program Fees (2020-2021)

 Estimated program fees for undergraduate and graduate study for 2020-2021 semesters are based on full-time status and do not include home-institution rates. 

Estimated Undergraduate Program Fee Per Semester: 2020-2021
  ESL (CELCIS) Only Dual Enrollment Pathway:
(ESL (CELCIS + University coursework))
University Coursework Only
(12-15 credits)
(TOEFL SCORE) (Below 52) (52 - 60) (61 - 70) (71 or higher)
Tuition and program fees* 
(with 10% partner discount and applicable scholarships)
$5,507  $7,915  $8,422 $8,233
On-campus housing and meals (required) $5,492 $5,492 $5,492 $5,492
Health insurance $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Estimated program fee for one semester* $12,499  $14,907  $15,414 $15,225

*Books and incidental expenses are not included. 

Estimated Graduate Program Fee Per Semester: 2020-2021
  ESL (CELCIS) Only Dual Enrollment Pathway
(ESL (CELCIS + University coursework))
University Coursework Only 
(9 credits)
(TOEFL SCORE) (Below 52) (52 - 60) (61 - 70) (80 or higher)
Tuition and program fees* 
(with 10% partner discount and applicable scholarships)
$5,507 $7938 $6,659 $7,317
On-campus housing and meals (required) $5,492 $5,492 $5,492 $5,492
Health insurance $1,500 $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Estimated program fee for one semester* $12,499  $14,930  $13,651 $14,309

*Program fees are based on full-time status and do not include home-institution rates. Books and incidental expenses are not included. 

Housing

Domestic and international students enjoy a game of Jenga in the common room of their housing.

WMU's newest Living and Learning Community is called the Global and Languages Community. Located in Hadley Hall, the Community brings together domestic and international students, offers a communal cooking space and remains open during winter closure.

American University Experience students are required to live on campus. Students should apply online for campus housing as soon as they have been accepted to Western Michigan University and have received their Bronco NetID and password. 

Please visit the WMU Residence Life site to apply for on-campus housing. Students may wish to read more about the residential neighborhoods before submitting their application. 

WMU's residence halls are home to nearly 5,000 students who enjoy the friendships, living-learning focus, and diversity of campus life. Residents can take advantage of hall activities, leadership opportunities, high-speed Internet, staff available 24 hours a day, close proximity to the dining halls, and many other campus conveniences designed to support busy college students.

WMU room and board rates

Program Contacts

All incoming application materials and routine student-questions should be addressed to WMU study abroad specialist Yumi Takahashi-Ede at yumi.takahashi@wmich.edu or at study-abroad-incoming@wmich.edu 

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