Diversity & Inclusion

Western Michigan University Study Abroad is committed to diversity in providing opportunities for students from all backgrounds to have an international education experience as part of their degree program. Our team is here to help you explore your options and make a plan. Take a first step by attending a 30-minute, virtual information session!

Students with disabilities

Never let a disability discourage you from pursuing study abroad opportunities. WMU Study Abroad staff can help you identify suitable programs. 

First-generation students abroad

Be the first member of your family to study abroad! Research shows that students who study abroad achieve increased graduation rates, higher GPAs, and develop better problem-solving skills—a quality highly valued by today's employers.

LGBT students abroad

In addition to the numerous benefits of studying abroad, LGBT students can gain a broader understanding of LGBT issues by experiencing how sexuality and identities are expressed in new cultural contexts. 

Ethnic diversity

No matter your background, studying in another country will expand your worldview, strengthen your academic skills, and make you a stronger candidate when applying for graduate school and jobs.

Students identifying with any of the groups listed above are strongly encouraged to apply for IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants, which are meant "to diversify study abroad and encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education."