Study Abroad

Organizational Studies encourages students to participate in global experiences. If you are planning to study abroad, you should talk with the OS Advisor as early as possible in your planning process. Before making an appointment, view this Study Abroad Video for a good overview of the study abroad process.

Visit the Center for Global and Intercultural Study website to obtain information about the great variety of opportunities available for global experiences sponsored by UM. For students considering studying abroad on a non-UM program, OS provides a helpful Study Abroad checklist with information on study abroad websites, transfer of credit to UM, procedures to follow before leaving and after arriving at your destination, and sending your official abroad transcript back to UM after completion of your program. See the OS Advisor early in your planning!

All students planning to travel abroad should visit the Global Michigan website early in the planning process. This website provides important information on travel documents, travel health insurance (which may be required), regions with travel warnings, and other vital information, and also allows you to register your travel and provide UM with contact information for you while you are abroad. Please note that if you are studying abroad on a UM program, or if UM or OS are providing any funding for your study abroad program, you are required to purchase the UM travel insurance plan.

OS does not recommend particular study abroad programs. Most study abroad programs have fairly substantial social science offerings, and typically one or several courses can be identified that are transferable to the OS major. If you wish to find information on particular study abroad programs that OS students have attended in the past, see the OS Advisor for information.

Semester-long or summer study abroad programs typically do not delay students in their completion of the OS major. The only term for which study abroad is problematic for OS students is the fall term of the senior year. ORGSTUDY 410 Field Research is the course that most OS students take to fulfill their senior research requirement in OS, and it is available only in the fall term of senior year. If you are considering being off campus in the fall of your senior year, you should see the OS Advisor as early as possible for curriculum planning. Studying abroad for either your entire junior year or entire senior year can also create difficulties in completing your OS major on time, typically resulting in at least one extra fall or winter semester of enrollment (the OS Program requires three fall/winter semesters of on-campus enrollment following admission). Again, see the OS Advisor immediately if you are planning to study abroad for an entire academic year.

The Organizational Studies program may be able to provide funding assistance for abroad programs, through the Barger Leadership Institute's Global Scholarship. Watch for the scholarship application to be available in late October (for winter study abroad) and late March (for summer study abroad). Students should also check with other departments in which they are pursuing major or minor studies, as well as language and area studies departments, for possible funding opportunities. Additional funding resources are also available at the following links:

As always, see the OS Advisor with any questions as you move the process of preparing for a study abroad experience.