Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Some additional information about the U of M Study Abroad
1. Study Abroad Basics
a. We have more than 200 programs in over 50 countries.
b. We have many English programs all over the world. English speakers are not limited to English speaking countries.
c. All program applicants must fill out an application. Applications are online.
d. Almost all programs have an application fee of $350 due up front.
e. The minimum GPA to apply for most faculty-led trips is a 2.0
f. We have three different types of trip:
i. Faculty led: Usually 2-4 weeks over breaks and summers. Students go with faculty members abroad, take U of M classes. Great for those who have never traveled abroad.
ii. Exchange programs: Students go abroad on an exchange program and pay regular U of M tuition. Housing is paid directly to the host school. This can be done during regular semesters, and in some cases during the summer.
iii. Provider/Third Party Programs: Allow students to choose from a multitude of programs aboard. Offered for academic years, semesters, summer, breaks, and internships.
2. Paying for Study Abroad
a. All U of M sponsored programs allow students to apply federal and institutional aid towards the cost of their trip. In the summer, the use of aid is based on what is left from the previous year; however students who receive the Hope Scholarship starting in fall 2009 are eligible for Summer Hope.
b. Program fees are posted to student accounts prior to going abroad. Funding will be automatically deducted.
c. All full-time students can apply for study abroad scholarships. The minimum GPA for scholarship applications is a 2.75, in some cases, lower GPAs are considered. We have over $500,000 this year for scholarships! You can apply for a scholarship more than once (You can receive only twice).
d. Students should visit the scholarship and financial aid table for more information.
e. The main upfront costs of study abroad are application fees -$350. Most programs do not include airfare.