There are many opportunities for students that are looking to study abroad and would like to receive academic credit. The process for obtaining credit varies depending on whether or not the student goes through a U-M study abroad program or a program not affiliated with the University of Michigan.
U-M Study Abroad Programs
Selecting a U-M study abroad program often provides “in-residence” credit towards your U-M degree. Contact U-M study abroad offices or see the U-M Global Portal for information about programs and opportunities. Please note that even for U-M programs, you should meet with your general and concentration advisor to ensure that that you will receive credit towards distribution or your concentration
Non-UM Study Abroad (Transfer Credit)
Students must go through a specific process in order to make sure credits will transfer from a non-UM program. Additional steps must be taken to see if credits will count towards a concentration or minor. The process should be completed before students leave for study abroad to gain full credit. Below are the recommended steps in the process.
1. Find out whether credit from the program will be transferred into credit at the University of Michigan and what degree requirements the credit may be used for
Note: Students in other U-M schools and colleges will need to see academic advisors within their respective school or college.
2. Find out if credit can be transferred to a specific concentration or minor
Note: Many U-M departments place a cap on the number of hours of transfer credit allowed to count towards the major. Transfer students should also check with their academic advisors to ensure that they have not already transferred in the maximum amount of credits allowed by their school/college. For LSA, the maximum is 60 credits.
3. Submit an official transcript after the student returns
Last reviewed: 06/15