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Fall Semester in Detroit


Note: We are currently planning for in-person Spring/Summer and Fall 2021 programs. 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. Additionally, we will post more detailed information soon about what it looks like to do Semester in Detroit online.

Baba Wayne Curtis, Detroit activist and artist, instructs students at the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network's D-Town Farms.


Applications for the Fall 2021 Semester in Detroit program are due March 31st, 2021. The priority deadline is March 1st, 2021.


The Fall program is open to students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Grand Valley State University. Our 2021 program begins on August 26th and ends on December 10th. The rhythm and pacing are much steadier compared to the Spring program: students are in classes for 8-11 hours per week (fall students can choose between one or both SiD electives) and intern for 16 hours per week.  UM-Ann Arbor students who complete the fall program need to take only one additional required course to earn a Minor in Urban Studies.

The Basics:

  • Earn up to 18 credits toward your UM Degree
  • Intern with a community-based organization for 200 hours (avg. 16 hours per week)
  • Nearly complete your Minor in Urban Studies in one semester (just one more required class in Ann Arbor)
  • Absorb and engage with your experience more deeply through fall's more deliberate class schedule than spring/summer (classes meet only once a week)
  • Participate in a diverse multi-campus cohort with students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Grand Valley State University

Additionally, fall semester now features an arts and culture activities fund thanks to a generous donor. This fund, unique to the fall semester, enables students to go to ticketed events throughout the semester. Events in the past have included broadway plays, concerts, and more - all paid for by the arts & culture fund!