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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 for Sp/Su 2019 has passed. 

The deadline to
apply for Fall 2019 is March 31, 2019. Applications submitted before February 28, 2019 will be given priority.

Please note: the Fall 2019 program will begin on Tuesday, August 27th with a mandatory orientation lasting through August 29th. Students will be expected to move in prior to this date.

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


Stop by for office hours or contact:

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