Types of Study Abroad Programs
U-M Study Abroad Programs: In- Residence Credit
UM Study abroad programs are programs administered and supported by the University of Michigan. With some exceptions, these programs allow students to obtain in-residence credit (rather than transfer credit) and maintain any type of scholarship or financial aid that currently applies. Several U-M offices administer study abroad programs. See a listing of offices here. Many U-M programs can also be found on M-Compass.
Non-UM Study Abroad Through Other U.S. Sponsored Programs: Transfer Credit
Other universities and programs provide study abroad opportunities. Outside programs can sometimes be less expensive, can provide opportunities in different countries, and offer more diverse areas of study; some programs combine study abroad with internships and or service learning opportunities. All credit earned from a non-UM program will be transfer credit; credit can still count towards a U-M degree with proper approval. U-M scholarships and financial aid typically will not transfer to non-UM programs. For students that receive aid, consult the Office of Financial Aid to learn how studying on a non-UM program will affect your package.
Direct Enrollment in Overseas Universities: U-M and Non-U-M
Direct enrollment means that students will be directly enrolled into another university. Credit transfer is similar to US sponsored study abroad programs; however, academic systems differ around the world so it is important to check with U-M Academic Advising to ensure credit will transfer. Students are required to find their own housing and be responsible for their own travels. This option is easier in English speaking countries. There are also universities with services directed towards short term enrollment students. This information is often available through the international student office at the foreign university.
Language Institutes: U-M and Non-U-M
Language institutes are useful for intensive study of a foreign language. Courses tend to be less expensive than other study abroad programs. The language program should be offered by an accredited, degree-granting university. Credit is often difficult to obtain. Students need to speak with advisors from the corresponding language department at U-M in order to determine whether credit will transfer.
Note: Some U-M and other U.S.-sponsored programs provide the option of taking courses offered by language institutes, but with the advantage of extra support services and a U.S. transcript (U-M programs provide “in-residence” credit for U-M students).
Last reviewed: 10/15