Choosing a Non-UM Study Abroad Program

There are many different opportunities and programs outside of the University of Michigan. Visit the International Center Education Abroad Office to speak with an advisor about program options.

Factors to Consider

Factors to consider when choosing a study abroad program—the following types of information are shown in the IIEPassport search engine, for thousands of programs:

Sponsoring institution Is the institution an accredited institution of higher learning?
Language of instruction What are the language requirements for participants? Are classes conducted in English or in the host country's language?
Duration of the program Academic year, Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer options are available.
Credits Meet with your general and concentration advisors to discuss credit transfer issues before leaving. Students should see Academic Credit to learn how to transfer credit.
Level of Immersion in the Host Culture Would you be taking courses with other U.S. study abroad students, or with students from the host country?
Living Arrangements Will you be living in a home-stay, in a dormitory, or in a private apartment? Is housing with other U.S. study abroad students, international students or with host country nationals?
Fees What do the fees cover? Are any excursions included?
Financial Aid Does the program offer any scholarships? Will you be able to transfer your aid to a non-UM program? Did you know that going on a non-UM program could potentially make you lose your UM scholarship? Federal aid will often transfer while aid specific to U-M does not. Aid specific to the state of Michigan will usually transfer to study abroad programs administered through other public universities in the state of Michigan. Contact the U-M Office of Financial Aid for more details about how specific aid packages apply towards studying abroad. If you receive a Pell Grant, you are eligible to apply for the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship.
Eligibility Requirements and Number of Participants Is this program open to students from other universities? What level of foreign language fluency is required? Is there a minimum GPA? Ask the program representatives how many other participants are in the program.
Contacting Past Participants Contact the Education Abroad Office to see they can put you in touch with alums from the program you’re interested in.
Read Student Reviews Search for your programs of interest on study abroad review websites such as Abroad101

Primary Study & Work Abroad Resources

Below is a list of search engines designed to find study abroad programs. These search engines are comprehensive, up to date, and suggest programs in many countries, for various times frames, and for multiple educational disciplines.
Search options available for both study and work abroad opportunities. Search programs by country, subject, or both. Provides summary of program as well as addresses, telephone numbers, and website links. Programs include: study, volunteer, internships, language schools.

IIE Passport
Abroad search engine that lets you select program characteristics you're interested in.
Comprehensive database lists study abroad programs, language courses, and internships/volunteer programs.

Transitions Abroad Webzine
Covers study and work abroad programs and educational travel. Resources include study, language, work abroad, and travel abroad.