WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Established in 1903, Western Michigan University (WMU) is a globally-engaged, national research institution that promotes success for learners at all levels. As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.
Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the University enrolls more than 22,500 students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. About 80% of students are pursuing an undergraduate degree program. WMU is also home to the Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS), an accredited ESL program that prepares non-native English speakers for degree programs at WMU and the workplace. More than 1,800 international students from over 100 countries call WMU home each semester.
Western Michigan University is among less than half of U.S. universities to offer a scholarship to incoming international students. The Diether H. Haenicke Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to undergraduate international students upon first-time admission to Western Michigan University. The award amounts are determined on the basis of the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) on a four-point scale. Funding opportunities are also available for graduate students in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships.
Western Michigan University prepares students to find jobs in their fields of study. Over 90% of alumni report obtaining a job in their field within 6 months of graduation. WMU assists international students in gaining professional experience through supporting Optional Practical Training (OPT) opportunities.