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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.

Overview:

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!