Study Abroad

Study abroad: Before, during, and after

Students who study abroad often look back on the experience as one of the most influential aspects of their college career. Below are guidelines on how to determine if studying abroad is the right choice, the steps to apply, the course approval process for transfer credit, and items that need to be considered during, and after a study abroad experience. More detailed information on all of these steps can be found in the UMSI Study Abroad Resource Guide.

Before studying abroad

All BSI students are recommended to attend a drop-in advising session or Study Abroad Workshop to learn about study abroad options and next steps, and how studying abroad fits with the BSI curriculum.

  • View courses and programs with pre-approved classes that previous BSI students have taken in the BSI Study Abroad Course Repository.
  • Learn about programs that have been identified as an ideal fit for the BSI curriculum in the Suggested Programs List.
  • Browse MCompass for a range of University of Michigan programs, noting the following deadlines (Please note: Some programs have different application deadlines): Winter Term Programs: Approximate application deadline September 15; Spring/Summer Term Programs: Approximate application deadline February 1; Fall Term Programs: Approximate application deadline February 1.
  • Make an appointment with the BSI Program Academic Advisor to map out a course schedule and to determine that studying abroad will align with your overall degree requirements. (Note: Course selection and course approval for study abroad will not be done in an academic advising appointment.)
  • Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor to discuss programs, locations, and courses and other genearl guidance on study abroad. (Note: Course approval for study abroad will not be done in an advising appointment.)
  • Submit courses to be considered for SI transfer credit (elective or equivalency) to the BSI Course Approval System.
  • Submit all other course for upper-level general U-M transfer credit to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions prior.
  • Register travel dates and locations with U-M via the U-M Travel Registry. (Required for all students traveling on University-related business such as study abroad.)
  • Purchase travel health insurance. U-M provides access to reasonably priced health insurance.
  • Register with the State Department’s STEP travel plans which enables the US government to better assist travelers in case of an emergency while are abroad.
  • Although not required, enrolling in SI 206 as a sophomore will help open up options for future course scheduling.
  • Make an appointment with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how studying abroad may affect financial aid.
  • Students with financial aid are encouraged to thoroughly research the applicability of her/his specific aid to this particular study abroad program. Start by understanding the kind of aid you receive and learning its specific restrictions. The U-M Office of Financial Aid (OFA) has extensive resources on its website to guide students in making informed decisions. Read the study abroad section of the OFA website. After reading the website, schedule an appointment with Mike Ross, the financial aid officer who specializes in study abroad advising, to answer additional questions.

Students with pre-paid tuition plans, such as MET, are encouraged to thoroughly research possible limitations on its applicability to this particular study abroad program. Contact U-M Student Financial Services with questions regarding MET.

Do not contact your study abroad advisor with financial aid or pre-paid tuition plan questions. This is a specialized area of knowledge and study abroad advisors are not trained to advise students or their parents on financial aid or pre-paid tuition plans. Contact the relevant U-M offices for this important information before committing to a particular study abroad program.

While studying abroad

While abroad, all students need to complete the following activities:

  • Submit finalized course enrollment. Email courses and syllabi to U-M study abroad advisors at
  • Make an appointment with the BSI Academic Advisor for the following semester. Email Linh Huynh at to indicate the need an appointment while abroad. Virtual appointments (Skype, Google Hangout, etc) are available.
  • Obtain a Registration Appointment: As you are not currently enrolled at U-M while on study abroad, you may not have a registration date/time currently in Wolverine Access. If this is the case, please follow the below steps:

Students not enrolled in U-M courses during a semester abroad must contact the Office of the Registrar by email at, or phone (734) 764-6280 / (734) 647-3507, to request an appointment assignment. If using email, please include name, U-M ID number, term, and school or college in which the student wishes to register.

Students in a non-University of Michigan Study Abroad Program can have their current elections added to their credit towards program (CTP) for use in appointment assignment.
Obtain a letter on the abroad program or abroad university stationery which certifies the following information once the term abroad has begun:

  1. Student name and U-M ID number
  2. Courses and credits enrolled
  3. Begin/end date of term abroad
  4. Signature of the program registrar or comparable program head

For Winter Term appointments, please email the information to or fax the request to (734) 763-9053 by mid-November.

Following study abroad

Upon return home, complete the following activities to ensure that courses transfer and that feedback is received by relevant staff members about the abroad experience.

Submit courses for official credit transfer

Non-U-M programs:
Credit earned through non-U-M programs will be awarded as transfer credit. Course credit will only be awarded for courses that have been pre-approved through the Credit Evaluation Office and the School of Information. Credit will be granted only for courses in which the equivalent grade of a U-M "C-" or better is earned. Letter grades will not be posted on the U-M transcript and will not be factored into the U-M GPA.
In order to receive credit for courses completed, the official transcript must be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. 
Courses completed, which were not evaluated prior to departure, can be submitted for review, along with supporting documentation. Supporting documentation must include a course syllabus (with class hours, topics covered, and reading assignments) and at least one assignment, paper, or exam. There is no guarantee that credit will be granted for courses which were not pre-evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions/School of Information.
University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions
ATTN: Credit Evaluation
300 Student Activities Building
515 E Jefferson
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
Transcript information:
OUA processing takes from three to six weeks, following receipt of transcripts. For students studying abroad in Winter term, transcripts should post by November 1. If transcripts have not posted, first contact the host institution or study abroad vendor to determine date of submission prior to contacting UMSI.
U-M/CGIS programs:
Participants in CGIS programs will have registered through a STDABRD course. The course titles, credits, and grades earned through the study abroad program will appear on a U-M transcript under STDABRD, but grades will not calculate into overall GPA. BSI students pursuing a minor in LSA will need to complete the CGIS Academic Advisor Approval Form for courses taken to fulfill requirements toward that minor.

Connect with UMSI staff to share about the study abroad experience

Staff will reach out in the term following study abroad, but students can set up a re-entry appointment to share about their experiences via iTrack. Staff are eager to hear from students who can share about courses, favorite experiences, and to gather advice for future study abroad students.

Connect with the UMSI Career Development Office

Connect with the UMSI Career Development Office for guidance on updating your resume and learn how to best market the skills and experiences gained while abroad. Make an appointment at

For students

Where: Students can select a program or university that fits their degree requirements from anywhere in the world. 

Programs: Students can study abroad through their choice of multiple channels:. Programs can be found through other U-M units through MCompass; study abroad experience such as IES Abroad, CIEE, CEA, and ISA; or direct enroll, where students apply directly to their university and program of choice. 

Suggestions for the types of classes available can be seen in the BSI Course Repository.

When: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer semesters

Eligibility: BSI students; there are limited opportunities for graduate students to take part in study abroad.

Cost: Dependant program, vendor, institution, and location

How to apply: Applications differ depending on the method of studying abroad. Students are encouraged to refer to the BSI Study Abroad Resource Guide for first steps in the process. 

Additional Information: Students should also schedule an academic advising appointment with Linh Huynh to ensure studying abroad works with the student’s schedule. 

Contact Information: Schedule a Study Abroad Advising Appointment on iTrack.  Email 


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