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Advising

Whether you are just starting to explore going abroad or already have a program in mind, the CGIS advising team is here to help! Please use the resources below to determine if it's best for you to meet with a peer advisor or an Intercultural Programs Advisor, or to attend a session instead. 

Read Me First!

How do I get started? 
Read our "Getting Started" page where you can find a timeline and tools to familiarize yourself with the study abroad process prior to setting an appointment. The "Getting Started" page will link you to CGIS' First Step where we review logistics like how to search for a program, get approval from departments, finanical aid and more! 
 
Who should I meet with? 
If you have basic questions about the application process or don't know where to get started, meet with a CGIS Peer Advisor! They can help you during walk-in hours and they host First Step sessions twice a week (or watch the recording online here). If you know which program you're interested in and have specific questions about that program, meet with the CGIS Advisor for the program.
 
Who is a CGIS Peer Advisor?
A peer advisor is a CGIS student alumnx. 
 
Who is the CGIS Advisor for each program? Where do I find CGIS Advisor portfolios? 
Advisor portfolios can be found in two places. The first is under the CGIS Staff Page. Alternatively, when you go to schedule an appointment, click on the program/country you're interested in, and the system will schedule you with the appropriate advisor. 
 
Should I schedule a "General Appointment" or choose a country/topic?
Schedule a "General Appointment" for an overview of the study abroad process, including the timeline, financial aid, and application processes. If you have specific program questions, you must schedule an appointment with the appropriate advisor by choosing the country or topic when setting up an appointment. 
 
Should I set up an appointment or email my advisor?
Appointments are 20-30 minute time slots. If you are just getting started or have many questions, an appointment is better. However, if you just have a few questions, consider sending an email. Advisors' emails are available on the staff page linked above.
 
If I am interested in a non-CGIS program, who should I talk to? 
CGIS does not offer advising for students going abroad independently. You can find resources by clicking the "International Center" button at the bottom of the page. Students who go abroad independently transfer in their credit and may not have access to all their aid and scholarships. 

Peer Advising

Speak to a peer advisor any time listed below during the Fall 2022 semester! 

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Peer advisors can answer questions about:

  • Application process
  • How to find the right program for you
  • Their personal experience
  • Budgeting abroad
  • Purchasing flights

 

Group Advising and Info Sessions (by Program or Topic)

What to expect:
Information Sessions: Advisors/Faculty will present on the program or topic with time for questions at the end. These sessions are great for a deeper dive to learn more.
Drop In Open Group Advising: Come with your questions about the program or application, and benefit by hearing the answers to questions from other students as well!
 

November Sessions:

November 28th (Monday), 3-4pm | on Zoom

Summer Study Abroad in Athens or the Greek Isles, Greece | Group Advising Session

Have questions about your application for CYA - Summer Study Abroad in Athens or the Greek Isles? Join Callie Rouse at any time during the advising session for assistance alongside your peers.

November 28th (Monday), 4-5pm | on Zoom
Summer Study Abroad in Scandinavia (Denmark or Sweden) | Group Advising Session

Have questions about your application for a Study Abroad in Scandinavia summer program? Join Callie Rouse at any time during the advising session for assistance with your application alongside your peers.
 

November 29th (Tuesday), 11am-12pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Advanced Spanish Abroad in Fall and Academic Year | Info Session

Spend an academic year or fall semester abroad in Latin America or Spain. Earn 15-16 credits in various courses spanning the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. All U-M students who study in the Spanish-language academic or fall semester programs receive in-residence credit. Locations include Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Spain. 
 

December Sessions:

December 1st (Thursday), 11am-12 pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Middle Eastern Studies in Fall and Academic Year | Info Session

Spend the academic year or fall semester studying Arabic, international studies and Middle Eastern studies in Jordan or Morocco! English courses are available in both locations.
 

December 2nd (Friday), 2-3 pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Advanced Spanish Abroad in Fall and Academic Year | Info Session

Spend an academic year or fall semester abroad in Latin America or Spain. Earn 15-16 credits in various courses spanning the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. All U-M students who study in the Spanish-language academic or fall semester programs receive in-residence credit. Locations include Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Spain. 
 

January Sessions:

January 4th (Wednesday), 12-12:30pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
French 232 + 230 | Group Advising Session

Join CGIS Advisor, Ashton, to ask last-minute application questions, admit timeline, and get information about day-to-day in Aix-en-Provence or Grenoble. This session is for students applying to French 232 or French 230 for Spring 2023.
 

January 5th (Thursday), 10-11am | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Spanish 230 Abroad | Group Advising Session

Have questions about your application for one of the Spanish 230 Abroad summer programs? Join CGIS advisor Juliana Mesa at any time during this group advising session for assistance with your application alongside your peers.
 

January 5th (Thursday), 11am-12 pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Advanced Spanish Abroad - Summer 2023 | Group Advising Session

Have questions about your application for Advanced Spanish program in Alicante or Santiago de Compostela? Join CGIS advisor Juliana Mesa at any time during this group advising session for assistance with your application alongside your peers.
 

January 5th (Thursday), 12-12:30pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Italian 230 | Group Advising Session

Join CGIS Advisor, Ashton, to ask last-minute application questions, admit timeline, and get information about day-to-day in Siena. This session is for students applying to Italian 230 for Spring 2023.
 

January 12th (Friday), 1-1:30pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
CGIS Summer Public Health | Info Session

Learn more about CGIS’ public health program offerings for Summer 2023. This session will start with a brief presentation followed by open advising. Programs featured will include Public Health in Cape Town and Santiago, plus programs that feature coursework related to public health, psychology, etc.
 

January 19th (Thursday), 5-5:30pm | on Zoom | 📅 Add to your Google Calendar
Intermediate French | Group Advising Session

Thinking about continuing your French language study? Study abroad in Grenoble this summer and earn credit at 200 and/or 300 level during Intermediate French. Join this session to ask questions about the application process, life in Grenoble, what credit you’d receive, and more!
 

Come back later for more sessions!

Program-Specific FAQ Guides

Our Program-Specific FAQs are a great resource to find answers to common questions for specific study abroad programs. Please continue to check back for more FAQs, and watch for updates to the content of these guides.

Note: Details shared in each FAQ only relate to the programs specified, and should not be assumed to apply for other programs not listed. If you have any questions about which program a FAQ applies to, please contact us at cgis@umich.edu.

Ready to Meet an Advisor?

Now that you've read through the "Read Me First!" section and you've determined that you're ready to meet with an Intercultural Programs Advisor, please use the link below. Please utilize the country and region catagories to the best of your ability. If you're still not sure, schedule a general appointment and explain what you hope to discuss.

Nyanatee advises for the following:

  • Australia
  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • South Africa
  • GIEU: Thailand

Juliana advises for the following:

  • Jordan
  • Latin/South America
  • GCC: Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Spanish Language programs

Ben advises for the following:

  • Asia
  • Environment programs
  • GCC: Japan
  • GCC: Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Russia

Callie advises for the following:

  • Central Europe
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Scandinavia
  • STEM programs

Ashton advises for the following:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Senegal
  • Switzerland

Tamara advises for the following:

  • UK
  • GIEU: Brazil
  • GCC: London
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar
  • Serbia
  • Uganda/Rwanda
  • Multi-Country