Sociologists are increasingly involved in crafting the policies and programs that shape the world we live in today. Scholars in the field take seriously the idea that understanding one’s place and prospects in the world is informed by exposure to other societies. Hence, study abroad is an essential way to enrich one’s studies in sociology. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to explore how culture, social organization, social structures, and social interaction take place in vast and varied ways. Through study abroad, you can learn about how social problems are constituted differently in other societies, and how different kinds of solutions and possibilities are posed.
Plan early. Talk to your general LSA advisor, major advisor(s), and minor advisor(s) about your interest in going abroad.
Attend a Ready, Set....Go Global! informational meeting with staff from the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS). This meeting provides an overview of the wide range of available opportunities for Michigan undergraduates to engage in intercultural experiences and why it is important to study or work in an environment different than the one you are used to.
Carefully research possible programs. Decide if you will study abroad via a U-M program or through another institution’s program.
Study abroad is not just for juniors! Rather, the timing (and program choice) varies by what you hope to achieve by studying abroad. Individual courses that offer a study abroad component may be taken any time. Summer, semester, and year-long programs offer courses that have the potential to be used toward sociology requirements. In planning for study abroad, you should discuss with the sociology advisor which requirements should be taken here in Ann Arbor (and when) and which requirements might be satisfied with a course or courses taken abroad.
You should plan to meet with the sociology advisor to discuss major coursework you are planning to take abroad. Bring with you a copy of the course description(s) and syllabus (if available). You may be asked to meet with the sociology advisor after your trip to provide further information about the course(s). Study abroad courses are evaluated in the same way as transfer credits when considering them for inclusion in the major. Go here for more information on how the department evaluates transfer credits for the major.
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