Although being on campus in Ann Arbor is always fun and exciting, studying abroad is a great way to visit new countries, experience different cultures, and enhance your global perspective. Michigan has partnerships with a lot of universities worldwide and the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) offers over 70 programs in over 30 countries. With all of the different options, finding the right program can seem a little daunting; however, doing some research definitely makes it more manageable.
The first step in planning your study abroad experience is attending one of the Ready Set Go Global! sessions offered almost every Monday-Friday from 5-6pm. These sessions are run by CGIS peer advisors and go over the different types of programs CGIS offers and the next steps to take in picking and applying for a program, including general requirements and deadlines. Check out their website for locations and more information.
The easiest way to narrow down the list of programs is by deciding when you want go, how long you want to be abroad and what country you want to be in. Different programs are offered each semester, including spring and summer, and range from 2 weeks to a year. The best way to learn about all of the programs is to visit the M-Compass website, where you can search for programs by country, length of stay, and many other parameters. CGIS also has advisors to meet with if you have any questions about the programs and application process. And don't forget to ask an advisor about the wide variety of scholarship options!
After picking a program that interests you, go ahead and apply! We suggest researching the place you want to go, about their history and current customs. This way, you can make a more informed and respectful entrance into a new community.
Now go get started, the world awaits you!