Congratulations on your student’s acceptance into a study abroad program through Western Michigan University's Study Abroad office, an experience we hope will become one of the highlights of their academic career. We applaud you for encouraging your student to take advantage of this valuable opportunity for intellectual and personal growth, which will enrich and broaden their perspectives and prepare them to enter a global workforce. We appreciate your continued support during the planning phase, your student’s participation in the program, and their transition to life back in the United States.
To further ensure a successful study abroad experience, students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation several weeks prior to their departure, which parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. They will receive notice of the orientation session via email, and orientation materials are also published online. We may also refer your student to other offices at WMU, such as the Sindecuse International Travel Clinic and the Financial Aid and Scholarships office, to assist them in planning and preparing to travel overseas.
Following is a list of informational links which you will find helpful in answering many of the questions you may have about participation in study abroad programs. For example, you can learn the safety and security arrangements we make for students, how the credits earned will count toward their WMU degrees, and advice on how to manage finances while living overseas. You may also visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more basic information about study abroad.
We are eager to work with you to provide the most rewarding study abroad experience possible for your student. Thanks again for all you do to contribute to their success!
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5245 USA
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Study abroad information
- A parent guide to study abroad
- Advising—Getting started.
- Study abroad 101
- Budgeting for study abroad
- Health, safety and security abroad
- Helping your student succeed
- Pre-Departure Orientation Handbook
- Study and intern abroad application agreements
- "Advice for College Students Studying Abroad, and Their Parents" (New York Times, December 2019.)