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Prospective Students


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  & Flint 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.

All UM-Ann Arbor students are elligible to participate in any SiD course except for the Community-Based Internship. For more information on our program curriculum and registering for classes, see our spring and fall curriculum pages. In addition, the Detroiters Speak minicourse, a 1-credit course offered in Detroiter most winter semesters, is a good introduction to Semester in Detroit. Learn more about Detroiters Speak and watch videos of previous classes here. 

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.