Application Process Overview

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First Steps

The very first thing students should do is attend a Ready, Set, Go Global! (RSGG) session. RSGG sessions are held every weekday from 5-6pm throughout the school year; you can find out the latest details on the front page.

At the end of the RSGG session, you'll be given an opportunity to set up an appointment with one of our program advisors. They'll talk you through your options and help you find a program that fits your academic and personal needs.


All CGIS programs are listed on M-Compass. M-Compass will be your main application portal; once you log in with your UMID and open an application, you'll be able to upload all of your application materials and documents through M-Compass itself.

It's worthwhile spending a little time on M-Compass, browsing through the available programs. If you have an idea of where you want to go or what you want to do, it'll be a lot easier to match you with the most appropriate advisor!

Application Documents

Please consult the M-Compass page for your program to ensure you have all the necessary application documents!

Letters of Recommendation

Students who waive the right to review their evaluations must check the indicated box in the online application system. There are two different types of recommendation forms which may be completed online. If an instructor chooses to submit a paper recommendation, the instructor must place the forms in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal and mail to the CGIS office. Please refer to application requirements for the number and combination of letters required for each program.

Letters of recommendation are only acceptable from professors or graduate student instructors who have graded the applicant in a course. Please request evaluations well in advance of the application deadlines.

Partner Applications

Please review the program's application requirements to determine if a partner application is required. Once students have submitted their primary CGIS application, they may be contacted by the CGIS office via e-mail regarding submission of a partner application. Partner applications are due within one week of students' e-mail notification.

Student Clearance Notification

As part of the application process for participating in a study abroad program, University of Michigan offices, departments or programs may be contacted to provide information regarding a student's academic performance or misconduct for the sole purpose of determining eligibility to participate in a study abroad program. The information obtained will be maintained by CGIS personnel and may also be disclosed to partners affiliated with CGIS to which the student is applying. Information will be shared with partners only on a need-to-know basis and with prior notice to the student. The University of Michigan offices, departments or programs providing information and receiving student information will do so consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and University policy related to maintaining student records.

Please complete the Student Clearance Form in order to indicate that you have received this notice. If you have any questions regarding this notice please contact Shá Duncan Smith, Intercultural Programs Manager, at 734.764.4311.

Application Review

Complete applications are reviewed by CGIS staff following the program's application deadline. Depending on the program, applications may also be reviewed by faculty and/or staff from U-M and/or its institutional and organizational partners. Admission is decided following careful consideration. Students on academic probation at the time of application are not eligible for admission.

To check the status of an application as well as review received documents: