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Global and Intercultural Study


The Women’s Studies Department encourages students to study internationally in order to enhance their education and gain global perspectives on feminism and gender issues. Students routinely look back on their time spent abroad as a valuable aspect of their undergraduate career. There are a range of excellent study abroad opportunities at Michigan, including cultural immersion, summer field work, intensive language learning, independent study, and participation in another educational system.

U-M students attending one of the University’s own study abroad programs will earn in-residence credits and may use financial aid (if eligible) to help defray program costs. In addition, they may apply for the global experience scholarship administrated by the LSA Scholarships Office.  Please don't let financial concerns stop you from learning more about opportunities for study abroad.

Planning early is important. The U-M Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) is committed to working with students to help them find the right program. During fall and winter terms CGIS holds daily information sessions called First Step where students can learn about a range of U-M sponsored programs, how to research/find a program, how to apply for certain programs, and about scholarships and financial aid. Sessions are held Monday through Friday from 5:00-5:30pm at CGIS, Weiser Hall, Suite 200, 500 Church St.

The CGIS I Am Study Abroad campaign features students of various races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, academic majors, and on-campus involvements who studied abroad with CGIS. The stories of these students remind us that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what you’re studying, a study abroad experience is available to all Michigan students.

The Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) is part of CGIS and sends small groups of undergraduates and faculty members (normally in the summer) to locations in the US and around the world for three to four weeks of engaging intercultural academic studies. Applications for that program are due in mid-fall.

Students must receive Women's Studies advisor approval for study abroad classes to count for credit in a WS major or minor. Please make a WS advising appointment to discuss this and bring the name of the course and the course description in advance if you are able. The syllabus may be required for some courses.

CGIS programs with classes in women's/ gender/sexuality studies

Non-UM programs with classes or focus in women's/ gender/sexuality studies