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Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU)

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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. Deadline to apply for all GIEUs is November 1st!


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

2019-2020 GIEU Offerings

Africa & The Middle East

GIEU South Africa — Community Healthcare & Outreach

GIEU students will provide support to ongoing treatment programs, created by local leaders in the community, that have helped villagers recover from illness and disease. These programs will give students first-hand experience with rural and community-based healthcare, and how it impacts communities on a daily basis. Students will participate in projects that may include assisting with the daily functioning of under-resourced clinics, facilitating workshops and classes designed to empower and educate local communities about nutrition and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, and community outreach projects centered on early childhood development and education. 

GIEU Tanzania—Education, Gender, & Community Engagement

GIEU students will volunteer with a Mdawi community situated in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, gaining insight into social issues and helping community members address key needs that they themselves have identified. The particular initiatives involve helping young girls, teenagers, single mothers, widows, and people with disabilities build self-esteem and confidence, and providing training in basic skills that they can use to further their own empowerment. Students will also assist in conducting programs that focus on English language, gender equality, and sexual and general health issues.



GIEU Bolivia—Urban Agriculture & Community Development

Foundation, a community organization that aims to improve the quality of life for current and future generations through environmental projects of awareness, education, research and development in urban and rural areas. Cochabamba has recently faced debilitating water issues due to rapid population increase, causing many problems for farmers and food supply; as such the importance of learning how to maintain an urban garden or greenhouse using water responsibly is ever more important. 



GIEU Vietnam—Community Development & Entrepreneurship

On the GIEU Vietnam program, students will encounter topics relevant to most developing nations— public health infrastructure, economic inequality, and the effects of war. In Ho Chi Minh City students will volunteer within 4 local community organizations: Friends for Street Children, Thao Dan, Smile Group HIV-Positive Support Group, and Hong An Center for Disabled People. Through participation, students will gain first-hand inside knowledge from daily work experience, a better understanding of how a particular organization operates structurally, and how it provides effective outreach to serve its local community.

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!