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Prospective Students

Note: We are currently planning for a hybrid Spring/Summer and in-person Fall 2021 program. That said, we prioritize the health and safety of all our students, community partners, faculty, and staff, and err on the side of caution when it comes to COVID-19. In this vein, we moved our entire Fall 2020 program online. Thus, please be aware that our plans may change, and we will keep you updated on the structure of the program as the pandemic continues to unfold. 


Semester in Detroit seeks to provide opportunities for all students at the University of Michigan to engage with and learn from Detroit and its communities. Students from every college and all years are eligible to take classes in the city or participate in our immersive full semesters in the city during spring/summer or fall semesters. In addition, students from Grand Valley State University and University of Michigan - Dearborn are eligible to apply for our fall Semester in Detroit program. See below for more information on the 3 different options for getting involved with Semester in Detroit.


1. Take a class.

Students can enroll in one of our Detroit electives while still living and taking classes in Ann Arbor. Transportation is not usually provided, but can be coordinated among students as needed.

2. Spend a Semester in Detroit.

This is our most immersive option for the student wanting a long-term living and learning experience in Detroit. Students participating in Semester in Detroit intern at a local community organization in a wide variety of fields throughout the semester and have opportunities to build deep relationships with activists and community leaders. 

3. Continue your engagement.

Students who have done the Semester in Detroit program (or other similar programs) are eligible to continue their engagement by proposing a project with a community organization and UM faculty member. Contact Craig Regester, Associate Director, for more information about furthering your engagement with the city.