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  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
Former WMU President Dr. Diether H. Haenicke established the WMU President’s Grant for Study Abroad (PGSA) in 1994 to enable more students to participate in language-based foreign study for at least 12 credit hours. The grant attempts to cover as much of the difference between the cost of attending WMU and the cost of the study abroad program as possible.

Students may apply for both financial-need and merit-based awards; merit-based awards do not require a completed FAFSA, but do require submission of a signed Financial Information Release with this application. Applicants seeking need-based awards are required to have a completed FAFSA on file. Additional funding may also be allocated to applicants who have previously completed a minimum of 12 credits on a semester-length study abroad program. The purpose of this funding is to help train the next generation of global ambassadors.
Upon returning to WMU after studying abroad, recipients of the PGSA are required to assist the Haenicke Institute for Global Education in promoting study abroad to WMU students. Promotional activities may include class presentations, sharing your experience with students at the fall Study Abroad Fair, or participating in special events. Recipients are also required to submit a two-page essay describing their experience, including photos, to WMU Study Abroad.
Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Demonstrated financial need and/or solid academic records, especially in relevant language and culture courses. Preference will be given to students applying to a WMU study abroad program.
  1. U.S. citizenship (for financial need-based awards) or permanent residency. International students may apply for merit-based awards only if the native language of the country in which they plan to study is not their own.
  1. Full-time undergraduate or graduate enrollment status at WMU during the semester(s) of the study abroad program. Students who graduate prior to the start of the study abroad program are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Undergraduates must have at least sophomore status at the time of study abroad and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  • Graduate students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.
  1. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester of full-time coursework at WMU prior to semester of study abroad.  GPA will be determined by averaging the GPA earned prior to attending WMU and the GPA for the first semester completed at WMU.
  1. Solid academic preparation for study abroad consisting of courses in relevant foreign language and area studies directly related to the country or region of study as specified below:
Study abroad programs in countries for which the language is taught at WMU:
  • Must have completed foundational language coursework at WMU by taking at least two semesters of language coursework or have demonstrated comparable proficiency in the language prior to studying abroad.
  • Must complete at least half of the coursework abroad in the target language.
  • Must complete at least one region- or country-specific course prior to departure, in addition to language coursework.
Study abroad programs in countries for which the language is not taught at WMU:
  • Must successfully complete at least two region- or country-specific area study courses related to the study abroad site prior to the semester abroad
  • Must complete at least one course (minimum of 3 credit hours) in the relevant foreign language each semester while abroad.
October 15 Following spring semester
April 15 Following fall semester or academic year

This program is currently not accepting applications.