Our Mission: The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) develops inclusive and accessible educational opportunities around the globe, primarily for LSA undergraduates. Our academically rich programs foster intellectual curiosity and intercultural understanding by encouraging students and faculty to engage with host communities through conscious and responsible participation. CGIS is committed to furthering diversity within study abroad.
CGIS works closely with U-M faculty members who lead various types of programs abroad and the many international partners who host our students in countries around the globe!
Proposing New Programs
CGIS works closely with U-M faculty members to conceptualize, design, and implement study abroad programs. We offer a range of opportunities to teach abroad on short-term programs during the spring & summer. Graduate students are not eligible to submit proposals for a CGIS program.
All instructors appointed to CGIS programs participate in faculty orientations that helps them prepare for the experience of teaching abroad. Topics may include health and safety, managing group dynamics, strategies for incorporating experiential learning, dealing with emergencies, and other best practices from the field. These sessions afford faculty members new to study abroad an opportunity to learn from colleagues who have already led programs abroad as well as from CGIS staff.
All faculty members directing or teaching a CGIS program receive 24/7 support while on site, both from the on-site partners that CGIS contracts to provide logistical support and from the CGIS staff in Ann Arbor. Examples include:
- making logistical arrangements (housing, classroom rental, excursions),
- coordinating responses to medical situations, both locally (on site) and remotely (for emergencies),
- managing evacuations when programs have been suspended due to political unrest or natural disaster,
- liaising between students and their families or others as necessary,
- handling disciplinary issues, including coordinating with OSCR and the Dean of Students,
- advising faculty when situations arise that they are unsure how to handle.
Marketing your program
In order to ensure our office is effectively reaching students on campus, CGIS has a number of opportunities to market your future programs!
- CGIS distributes an annual Study Abroad Catalog that holds CGIS's entire program offerings for the upcoming academic year. Inside, students can find out information about affordability, steps to take to studying abroad, student stories, program descriptions, and more! Catalogs can be found on catalog racks in Ross Academic Center, West Quad, East Quad, East Hall, Weiser Hall, North University building, Chemistry building, USB, North Quad, MLB, Mason Hall, LSA building, Randall Lab, and Lorch Hall.
- Along with featuring your program in the catalog, CGIS houses all programs on our website. As leaders of your protential programs, the website is a great opportunity to encourage students why your program can be beneficial to their academic learning while also creating a unique global experience for them as well.
- Each prorgram links to M-Compass where students complete the application process, but M-Compass is also used university-wide to promote all international experiences along with funding and more!
- CGIS also utilizes social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube to get the word out on all programs. We're always looking to create content such has video interviews, Instagram stories or LIVE sessions, articles, etc.