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Study Abroad

RC students take their language skills and passion for social justice into the world in myriad ways every year, contributing to the fact that the University of Michigan has the most students studying abroad among Big Ten universities and is fourth in the nation among higher education institutions. 

Since 2008, the RC has awarded over $150,000 to students pursuing study abroad, internships, and other academic experiences. 

The Residential College abides by University measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes any travel restrictions described on the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies website, as well as the domestic and international travel details on the Global Michigan website.

Hannah Brauer, RC '20, in Heredia Province, Costa Rica at La Catarata de La Paz [La Paz Waterfall]. "Someone yelled 'Go Blue!' from the top of the waterfall as this photo was taken!"

Application Instructions

Students pursuing study abroad, study away, internship, and research projects in the Winter term (January-April 2022) are welcome to apply! Any RC student or student with an RC major is eligible. 

  1. Complete the required prereading (found below) 
  2. Determine the funding you want to request 
  3. Begin the online application process 
  4. Request letters of recommendation (the earlier, the better!) 
  5. Submit your completed application, including essay and budget, by the deadline 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 7th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EDT. 

FAQs

I'm not accepted to my program yet, can I still apply for funding?

Yes! If you have applied to a study abroad program, internship, or other qualifying experience but have not yet been accepted, you can still apply for RC funding. The application will ask you to submit a timeline for when you expect to be notified of your acceptance. 

Do I need a FAFSA to be eligible for RC funding?

Each fund has specific requirements for eligibility. For example, only students who demonstrate financial need are eligible to receive funding from the Donald and June Brown Fund and the Blackford Fund. Need is demonstrated with a current year FAFSA.

If you did not complete a FAFSA for the current academic year, and your financial situation has changed since the FAFSA deadline, AND you can demonstrate need, please complete an application and include that information.

Students without a FAFSA can still apply to the Honeli Fund or the Silverman Engaged Learning Fund, please see the prereading for specific fund requirements. 

Can I travel anywhere? What about travel restrictions?

Be aware that potential U-M travel restrictions, limitations and changes to requirements/availability for funding (particularly study/internship/research abroad) may occur after publication of this information after you apply, and/or before your program begins, given how public health and other circumstances are in flux. These changes may require the RC to withhold funds that were offered, though this will be explained in email communications with applicants should this unfortunate circumstance occur. 

I'm confused about the application. Who can I talk to?

Questions and concerns can be emailed to Katie Gass, kgass@umich.edu. You can also stop by her office in 1812 East Quad on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. 

Learn More about the RC Scholarship Funds