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Application Process

Step 1 - MCompass Application

The first step to applying for Semester in Detroit is filling out the MCompass required forms and documents, which include a short essay about your interest in spending a semester in Detroit. Please be sure to answer all 4 questions in the essay portion. 

Step 2 -Interview

Following your application submission, you will receive an email from SiD Associate Director Craig Regester or SiD Program Coordinator Marion Van Dam to schedule an interview. Interviews are informal and are generally conducted in our Ann Arbor office within 1-3 weeks of application submission. 

After the interview, Craig and Marion consult with SiD Faculty Director Stephen Ward to carefully consider of all aspects of the student's application and decide their status in the program. Only 20 students are accepted into the program each semester, with the spring/summer semester generally filling up more quickly than fall semesters. Once the program is full, students who would otherwise be accepted are put on the waitlist, or asked to reapply next year. 

Note: your letter of recommendation does not need to be submitted prior to your interview. However, it does need to be submitted before we can issue a final decision about your admittance to the program.

Step 3 - Pre-Program Requirements

Once a student is accepted into the program, pre-program requirements vary based on which semester they are participating in. All spring/summer applicants are expected to participate in the mandatory Immersion Weekend in Detroit from February 21st-23rd, 2020. Instead of an immersion weekend, fall applicants are expected to move in prior to the start of the fall semester for a 3-day orientation.

UM-Dearborn & GVSU Students

UM-Dearborn and GVSU students are able to apply for fall Semester in Detroit programs only. While much of the application process remains the same for UM-Dearborn and GVSU students, interviews are conducted either on specific campus visit days to be determined each semester, or are conducted over the phone.