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Study Abroad Programs


M-Compass is a University of Michigan site where students can search and apply for study abroad programs. Students applying for LSA-sponsored financial aid for their global experience can also apply for funding through this site.

Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS)

The vast majority of global study-related programming in LSA and across U-M is handled through CGIS. Options range from short trips abroad to year-long experiences, experiences on your own or with a faculty-led class. Advising and Q&A sessions are regularly available. Students should plan to attend a Ready, Set, Go Global! presentation run by CGIS before submitting an application for a program through CGIS.

A sizeable directory of study abroad programs offered through numerous institutions.

Global Scholars Program (GSP)

This Michigan Learning Community brings domestic and international students together in North Quad for a combined residential and learning experience. Video conferencing with other institutions around the world and a range of events are part of the programming, but students in GSP are also able to travel with their class as part of a study abroad program.

Global Michigan Portal

Find international opportunities on and off campus at the Global Michigan Portal.

Advice for Finding a Program

You may already know exactly what you want to get out of your study abroad experience, or you may know only that you want the experience but haven't any specific goals.  Considering the following questions will help you search for the program that is best for you:

  • Where in the world do you want to go?
  • What do you want the language of instruction to be?
  • How long and what time of year do you want, or can you be, away from campus?
  • Do you want to be with other U-M and/or American students, or do you want to venture off more on your own?
  • Do you want a strictly academic program, or one that incorporates service opportunities or internships?
  • Since credit from a non-Michigan program is transfer credit, are you still eligible for transfer credit? Will the courses transfer to U-M?
  • Do you want to use credit towards your concentration, distribution, or pre-health requirements?
  • Do you want to live in a dormitory, an apartment, or with a host family?
  • What will the total cost be (application and program fees, tuition, travel, <i>etc.</i>) and how will it compare to a term or year at U-M?  If applicable, will you be able to use financial aid?

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