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Applying to SID

Program Eligibility:

The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Completion of the fall program plus one additional required course will meet the requirements for a minor in Urban Studies through the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Spring students are required to take 2 additional courses to complete the Urban Studies minor.

The most successful program participants typically have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA [Note: those with less than a 3.0 GPA are still eligible to apply but must explain their particular situation.] Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in community-service learning.

Application Process:
The deadline to apply for Sp/Su 2018 has passed. We are no longer accepting applications for Sp/Su 2018.

Applications for the Fall 2018 program are now open.  Only 25 students will be accepted into the program each semester. If the program becomes full, a wait list will be used based on the order by which students applied and were accepted into the program. 

The deadline to apply for Fall 2018 is March 5, 2018.

Please note: Applications for Semester in Detroit are accepted on a rolling basis. This means that the longer you wait to submit your application, the more competetive the process becomes. 

If you are accepted into one of our programs and choose to participate, you are required to complete an immersion weekend in Detroit on the following dates (all costs covered by SID):

Sp/Su 2018 Immersion Weekend: March 9-11, 2018
Fall 2018 Immersion Weekend: April 6-8, 2018

For Recommenders:

The letters should speak to why the student would be a good fit for an intensive Urban Studies immersion experience (including an internship, rigorous academic courses, etc.)

Please include name and title, University department, phone number, e-mail address. Note: one is required, two are preferred. Your recommendations may be professional or academic, but they should speak well to your capabilities and character. If you choose to only submit one letter, it must be an academic reference. If you are a first-year student, recommendations from high school teachers and mentors are acceptable.

Please ask recommenders to email in their letters to:

If recommenders would prefer to mail the letter, they can send it to:

UM Detroit Center/Semester in Detroit
3663 Woodward Ave., Ste. 150
Detroit, MI 48201

Questions? Contact:

Craig Regester SiD Associate Director
3663 Woodward Ave., Ste. 150
Detroit, MI 48201
(p) 313-505-5185
(f) 313-831-2016