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Asian Studies

Below you will find programs suggested by both CGIS & the Asian Languages and Cultures Department for students interested in pursuing courses abroad related to Asian cultures and languages. Please note that all LSA students receive in-residence credits when studying abroad through CGIS.

Study Abroad courses that are often used for major and minor requirements. Students can easily fulfill their major and minor requirements through study abroad courses. For the Asian Studies major, most courses that focus on Asian Studies/Language can count. 

If you are taking language courses, a placement exam will be required to continue the language study at U-M.

Process for approval: Students should consult with an Asian Languages and Cultures advisor to see how credits abroad might count towards a major or minor. If you've already studied abroad and you want to submit a course approval, please email the course description and syllabus to Check out this incomplete list of courses that major or minor students have participated in in the past. If you see a program that should be reflected on this list, please also email If you have not already studied abroad and you would like to see what courses would fit your program, please contact ALC Advising for an informal preapproval.

Contact: is a good place to start if you have questions, or you can set up an advising appointment here.

Funding opportunities: Financial aid and scholarships are available for many programs and the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship is also available to all eligible LSA students.

Next Steps: Once you've spoken to an Asian Languages and Cultures advisor, attend a First Step session where you will learn general information about studying abroad through CGIS. Once you've attended a First Step session, you can schedule an appointment with a CGIS advisor who will be able to help you through the application process and can address any of your questions or concerns in relations to curriculum, navigating your identity, navigating through a specific country, and so much more! CGIS advisors also offer open advising throughout the week for quick questions you may have.