2.Think about the kind of study abroad program you want to participate in. UM offers several types of study abroad programs. Early planning is required. Click here to go the programs webpage.
UM Semester-on-Location programs: UM offers six premier programs where a group of UM students studies together at an overseas institution for one semester: URome in Italy, UPrague in the Czech Republic, UGalapagos in Ecuador, UCape Town in South Africa, UCusco in Peru, and UIndia.
Semester exchange programs: You can study for a semester or academic year at one of our partner universities overseas. You would be considered an exchange student and have access to most of the curriculum offered at the host institution. There are many options available in English as well as in the target foreign language.
Faculty-led programs: UM professors lead groups of students overseas, usually teaching one or two courses over a period of one to six weeks. There are courses available during the summer, January intersession, and spring break.
Summer Direct Enroll programs: In a direct-enroll summer program, you enroll in summer classes at one of our partner or affiliated universities.
3. Research your program options
Our website is a great tool to research the available options. You may also want to attend our study abroad fairs or talk to a peer mentor.
4. Meet with your academic advisor
Make sure to inform your academic advisor of your plans to study abroad. He or she can provide you with information about your remaining graduation requirements and help you determine which classes you should take while you are studying abroad. This is important so that you can graduate on time! You can use the Course Equivalency Form to establish how courses taken abroad can apply to your program of study.
5. Meet with a Study Abroad advisor
6. Talk to past participants
Many of our past program participants would love to help you get started on your study abroad journey by sharing their own experiences and lessons learned. And in fact, many students tell us that talking to previous participants is one of the most beneficial steps in preparing to study abroad, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to reach out and contact one of our past participants today!
7. Apply to your program
UM offers a variety of programs to fit students’ different interests and requirements. Please find the Study Abroad program for which you would like to apply and initiate an application through the program’s online brochure page. Once you have initiated the application, you will be directed to your My StudyAbroad page where you can complete all the necessary requirements and receive status updates and communications regarding your study abroad process. Please note that the requirements for each program will vary based on the length and type of program you choose.
8. When you are ready, you can find more information about the details of your departure to the host location in our Preparing to Go Abroad page.