Global Wolverines: Preparing You to Have a Successful International Experience

Global Wolverines Event Series

What is it?

Global Wolverines is an event series for students traveling abroad during the summer. The aim of the events is to provide students with a foundation essential for having successful international experiences. Events include workshops, a seminar, and cultural and social programs that take place over the course of the Winter semester.

How can I attend?

Events are open to all students at U-M. They are not mandatory; students may pick and choose events based on their travel plans and their level of experience.

Additional Support Option:

Due to University travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, the Global Wolverines Additional Support Option will not continue as planned this year.

For students who complete the following requirements, we will purchase your travel abroad health insurance for your summer 2020 internship/volunteer program and provide you with a small stipend of $200 in the Fall. Please complete this brief form to register for this option.

Winter Term Commitment:

  • Attend at least three Global Wolverines Workshops, two of which should include:
    • Staying Safe and Healthy while Abroad
    • Exploring Culture and Respectful Community Engagement
    • If you attended the first session on Finding/Funding a Non-UM International Internship, that will count, too!
  • Attend one Cultural or Social Event (either International Coffee Hour, 60 Minutes Around the Globe, or the Intercultural Leadership Seminar)

*Please be sure to RSVP and Check-in for all sessions that you attend, as this is how we’ll be tracking your attendance!

Summer Commitment:

  • Maintain a blog and commit to blogging at least three times while abroad over the summer. We suggest one entry at the beginning of your time abroad, one near the middle, and one towards the end.

Fall Commitment:

  • Attend a re-entry event to debrief your summer experience!


Participants' Reflections


Stacie Vaughn"As a first-gen student navigating going abroad for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the idea of planning to go abroad. The sessions within the Global Wolverines program helped me break-down the pieces I needed to think about individually to formulate my preparations. The topical sessions made planning everything out less overwhelming through learning from different resources on campus and various perspectives. Everyone was willing to help and answer my questions. Overall, I felt well-prepared to go abroad after participating in this program." – Stacie Vaughn, LS&A, Communication & Media


Please check back often as the list of events highlighted below will continue to be updated and expanded upon throughout the Winter semester!


Intercultural Leadership Seminar

The Intercultural Leadership Seminar (ILS) is designed for U.S. and international students who want to learn how to be more effective in a global environment. ILS includes brief lectures, discussion, experiential activities, and small group work. Read More.

ILS will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 9am - 5pm. Submit the application by Sunday, February 23 at midnight.

Cultural and Social Events

  • 60 Minutes Around the Globe: 60 Minutes Around the World is a monthly event in which international students present information about their home countries! The topics vary based on presenter preference, but may include information about food, music, sports, politics, religions, etc. The presentations are intended to be informal and are followed by a question and answer session. This is a great opportunity to learn more about another part of the world and - if you're going to be traveling to one of the countries being presented on - it's a great way to "know before you go." Cultural food tastings are provided. While walk-ins are welcome at the event, early registration is appreciated so we can better prepare for the event. Register Here.
    Date Time Country Location
    Wed, Jan 29 5:30pm - 6:30pm India International Center Conference Room
    Mon, Feb 24 2pm - 3pm Canada International Center Conference Room
  • International Coffee Hour: International Coffee Hour is a great place to meet members of the U-M community from all around the world! This informal social event is open to all. While walk-ins are welcome at the event, early registration is appreciated to help us prepare for the event! Register here.
    Date Time Location
    Fri, Jan 24 3pm - 4pm Sweetland Center for Writing Peer Writing Center (Shapiro Undergraduate Library, Room 2160)
    Fri, Feb 21 4pm - 5pm International Center Conference Room