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Spring 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.

Sp/su 2019 students participating in Creative Detroit, one of SiD's elective courses, on a field trip to ArtSpace Dearborn.


Applications for the spring/summer 2021 program are due February 14th, 2021. The priority deadline is January 18th, 2021.


The spring/summer program is open only to U-M Ann Arbor students. It begins in early May and runs through July.  The first two months can be quite intensive: students participate in accelerated classes about 15 hours per week while also interning at a community organization for 16 hours per week. Also, students only have room in their schedule to choose one of two elective course options. In July, after spring classes have ended, the rhythm and pacing of the program change significantly: students intern for 32 hours per week and meet one day a week with their cohort.  Students who complete the spring program need to take two additional courses to earn a Minor in Urban Studies.  

The Basics:

  • Earn 9 credits toward a minor in Urban Studies
  • Take classes in May & June (register for spring semester only - see classes below)
  • Intern part-time (16 hrs/week) in May & June
  • Intern full-time (32 hrs/week) in July
  • Participate in weekly "cohort days" in July, expanding your knowledge of the city and working with/learning from community partners outside of your internship