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Women's and Gender Studies

Below you will find programs suggested by both CGIS & the Women's & Gender Studies Department for students interested in pursuing courses abroad related to Gender & Sexuality. Please note that all LSA students receive in-residence credits when studying abroad through CGIS.

The Women’s & Gender Studies Department encourages students to pursue opportunities abroad in order to enhance their education and gain global perspectives on feminist and gender issues. An excellent range of study abroad options exists for students at Michigan, including cultural immersion, summer fieldwork, intensive language training, and independent study programs.

Study Abroad courses that are often used for WGS/GH major requirements. Students can easily fulfill their cognate requirements through study abroad courses. For the WGS major, most courses that focus on WGS can count. For the Gender and Health major, the courses must focus on gender AND health.

For minor requirements: The classes must focus on the minor topic, as they do at U-M. For example Gender and Queer Law would count for the LGBTQ minor and Gender in the Middle East would count for the Gender, Race and Nation minor.

Process for approval: Students should consult with a Women’s & Gender Studies 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 email Women's & Gender Studies (

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 your Women's & Gender Studies 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.

Check out the following regions below for an incomplete list of programs that major or minor students have participated in:

Africa & the Middle East


The Americas


Please note that students must have 5 semesters or more of Spanish completed in order to apply.