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Semester in Detroit uses the MCompass system for applications. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means that the earlier you apply, the better chance you have of getting in. Read more about the application process here.

Application Due Dates:

Spring/summer applications for 2020 are now closed. Applications for spring/summer 2021 will open in September. For questions about the spring/summer in the meantime, feel free to stop by our office hours or email us at

Fall 2020 applications are due by March 31st, 2020. The priority deadline for fall is February 29th, 2020.

Program Eligibility:

The Semester in Detroit spring/summer and fall programs accept undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. All students, from Freshmen to Seniors or Super Seniors are eligible to apply.

Students from Grand Valley State University and UM-Dearborn are eligible to apply for fall programs only. The same application eligibility applies to GVSU and Dearborn students (all departments, all class standings). 

The most successful program participants typically have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, though those with less than a 3.0 GPA are still eligible to apply but must explain their particular situation. Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in community-service learning.


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