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Fall Semester in Detroit

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

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The application deadline for fall 2020 has been extended! The final deadline is now May 31st, 2020. As of writing (4/1/2020), we are expecting the program to take place as planned in the fall. If you have any questions about COVID-19 and your application process, please email

Because UM will be starting classes prior to Labor Day next fall, SiD is still determining what this means for our fall orientation, which usually takes place the week before classes start. In the past, this has meant that students move in and participate in 3 days of orientation prior to Labor Day. With this earlier start, we are hesitant to make students move in 2 weeks before Labor Day. We will determine our plan after consulting with academic admistrators and update fall applicants about orientation requirements ASAP.


The fall program is open to students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, and Grand Valley State University. As described above, the official start date for fall 2020 is TBD due to U of M beginning classes before Labor Day. That said, you can anticipate the program beginning around the last week of August and ending in mid-December. 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!