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Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU)

More info on GIEU Programs

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Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEUs) are project-based service-learning programs where students earn 2 credits during a Winter semester course that will introduce them to the concepts of intercultural learning, as well as the impact that the U.S. has on countries around the world. Students then participate in community-sourced projects abroad for 3–4 weeks during spring or summer. Eligibility

  • First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors
  • GPA 2.0
  • Instruction in English
  • No language prerequisite

Scholarships & Funding

The LSA Study Abroad scholarship
Last year, the LSA Scholarship Office awarded over $1.7 Million in LSA Scholarships to students participating in CGIS programs. Over 95% of eligible LSA applicants received an LSA Study Abroad Scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period. Click here to apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship!

Are you an LSA Pell Grant Recipient?
All LSA Pell Grant recipients who participate in GIEU can receive the GIEU Grant. The grant pays the entire program fee for GIEU, but students MUST apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship.

Do you receive financial aid? 
Did you know that most U-M-awarded financial aid—grants, loans, and scholarships—may be used to help defray global study program cost? Students who receive financial aid during the school year are eligible to carry over their financial aid package abroad. LSA students who receive financial aid should also apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship for assistance with program fees and travel expenses. Visit the Office of Financial Aid website at for details on how to apply a financial aid package toward a study abroad experience.

Additional Funding

For non-LSA students or students who don't receive financial aid on campus but need additional financial support to study abroad, there are scholarship opportunities! Some funding opportunities are open to all U-M students, while others specify criteria that limit eligibility. Click here for more information on other U-M Scholarships and national scholarships!