Most student-athletes believe that they do not have time to fit a study abroad experience into their college career. The Center for Global and Intercultural Study (LSAs Study Abroad Office) wants to help break that misconception and assist student-athletes in taking their education overseas while at Michigan. 

Did You Know?

  • CGIS has partnered with the Athletic Department to increase student-athlete access to study abroad opportunities
  • CGIS offers over 100+ programs, with many short-term (3 - 4 week programs) available, especially during the spring/summer semesters!
  • If you are a scholarship athlete, in most cases, your athletic scholarship will cover most, if not all, of your study abroad costs!
    • Even if you are not receiving an athletic scholarship, there are a number of other scholarships and funding opportunities available to you
  • Studying abroad was second ("more sleep" was first) on a list of things PAC-12 student-athletes said they wish they could have done during their undergraduate studies but couldn't due to athletic commitments (PAC-12, 2015).

Funding Sources

If you are not a full scholarship athlete or are not receiving a scholarship at all, there are still a number of other ways to find funding to help pay for your experience abroad! Please see below for a link to get you started and visit your CGIS Advisor for more information.

UM Student-Athlete Study Abroad Alumni

Since 2016, CGIS has sent 58 student-athletes on study abroad programs, which is a 450% increase over the previous two years. 

In 2017, we sent 46 student-athletes from 9 different athletic teams at the University of Michigan.

See below for just a small sample of our recent alumni:

  1. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (M Basketball) -- Sports and Society in Barcelona, Spring 2017
  2. Noah Furbush (Football) - Food, Energy and Water in Costa Rica, Spring 2017
  3. Leah Crockett (W Soccer) - Sports Psychology in Seville, Spring 2017
  4. William Hart (Football) - Reading and Writing Fairytales in Iceland, Spring 2017
  5. Kimberly Johnson (Water Polo) - Summer in Athens, Spring 2017
  6. Clara Smiddy (W Swimming) - Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Summer 2016
  7. Matthew Zimmerman (M Swimming) - University of Oxford, St. Peters, Summer 2016
  8. Maurice Hurst (Football) - Athletic Contests in Israel, Spring 2016
  9. Chris Wormley (Football) - Athletic Contests in Israel, Spring 2016
  10. Libby Murray (Rowing) - Athletic Contests in Israel, Spring 2016
  11. Claire Borchers (W Track) - GIEU Peru, Spring 2016


If you have questions about your status as a student-athlete and how it might affect your study-abroad experience, contact the CGIS Athletic Department liaison, Rachel Reuter, at

If you are interested in learning more about a specific program, contact the CGIS advisor listed for that program.