We strive to give students the opportunity to go outside the classroom to learn by doing, by experiencing, by problem-solving, by innovating.
To that end, numerous programs in the College foster hands-on work, creative thinking, and experiences that challenge and transform.
COMPREHENSIVE STUDIES PROGRAM (CSP)
Students in CSP's Summer Bridge Program have an excellent opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, build a professional support network, and familiarize themselves with the campus and its resources.
Entrepreneurship with a social impact. OptiMize supports student innovators building projects they are passionate about, whether that means design solutions for differently-abled people, a community farm growing 50,000 lbs of fresh produce in Detroit, or the first-ever “open world” virtual reality game for mobile.
FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
These small courses are limited to 18 students to give incoming students an opportunity to engage faculty on a more personal basis.
LSA students push boundaries—and literally cross them. LSA offers 99 global study programs covering 6 continents.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (UROP)
More than 1,300 first- and second-year students and 800 faculty engage in dynamic research partnerships to foster inquisitive and independent real-world learning.
This highly ranked academic program enables students to pursue a comprehensive, challenging approach to their field of study culminating in a senior-year thesis.
MICHIGAN LEARNING COMMUNITIES (MLCs)
MLC programs are small, scholarly, and diverse communities that link intellectual ideas and shared interests between students and faculty.
MICHIGAN IN WASHINGTON
Each year, 45-50 University of Michigan undergraduates from all majors spend a semester in Washington, D.C., combining coursework with an internship to earn a full semester of credits.
SEMESTER IN DETROIT (SiD)
Combining a semester-long residence in the city with rigorous academic study and a comprehensive community-based internship, SiD students become deeply involved in—and committed to—the life, challenges, and promise of this important American city.
Every summer, students work in an interactive community with faculty and researchers near Petoskey, Michigan, to learn about the natural world, examine environmental change, and seek solutions to critical environmental challenges.
Every summer, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers students the opportunity to learn in an outdoor classroom in Wyoming while earning natural science or humanities credits.
NEW ENGLAND LITERATURE PROGRAM (NELP)
Each spring, 40 students and 13 U-M instructors live and work together at Camp Kabeyun on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire writing, reading, and exploring the people, culture, and history of New England.
Every semester, LSA provides intellectual and cultural immersion in a particular topic. Students combine coursework with lectures, museum exhibits, music or theater performances, film series, and more.