Study Abroad at WMU

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.

Study Abroad at WMU is a short-term option for international students to enroll at Western Michigan University.


Benefits of Study Abroad @ WMU   

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

    Study Abroad @ WMU students enjoying the Michigan sunshine on the WMU campus between classes.

    Study for one or two concurrent 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.

Students with TOEFL scores of 61 iBT (500 PBT) will enroll in the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CECLIS) and regular 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 61 iBT (500 PBT) or higher for undergraduates and 80 iBT (550 PBT) or higher for graduates to enroll in WMU academic courses. 

Review the specifics of English language requirements for Study Abroad at WMU.

Tuition and Fees 

2019-2020 Estimated Costs per Semester
  Undergraduate Graduate ESL/CELCIS Program
Tuition and program fees* $8,806 $7,369 $5,762
On-campus housing and meals  (required) $5,363 $5,363 $5,363
Health insurance $1,500 $1,500 $1,500
Estimated program fee for one semester* $15,669 $14,232 $12,625

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


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.

Study Abroad at WMU 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 or at 

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Application and Admission PRocess

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WMU Promotional Materials  

Access WMU Promotional Materials     
Download and print the Study Abroad @ WMU program brochure (best printed on 11 by 17 in. paper).   

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