Studying Abroad

U-M STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

Financial aid is available for students who study abroad. The type and amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive depends upon your Study Abroad program.
 
If you enroll in a UM-sponsored Study Abroad program, you may apply for assistance through the Office of Financial Aid. If the program pays tuition through U-M or if you are paying course program fees to U-M that cover tuition and housing costs for your trip, you will be considered for most aid programs with the exception of some tuition-based scholarship programs. If you pay tuition directly to the host partner, you may only be eligible for federal programs such as Pell Grant, SEOG, Direct Loans, etc., but not Work-Study. 
 
University of Michigan Grant is available to eligible U-M students  during the first 10 terms of enrollment in a college or university.  This includes U-M or any other institution and includes enrollment during Spring/Summer Terms. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more details.
 
Depending on the cost of your Study Abroad program, the aid you receive may not meet your full demonstrated financial need. To cover the gap, you may choose to apply for a departmental scholarship, a private scholarship, or a supplemental loan. If you have questions, contact our office.
 

Planning to travel? Visit the Global Michigan website for up-to-date university policies about travel planning and to download the University Standard Practice Guide and policy as it relates to students studying abroad.

Following is a video from U-M's Center for Global and Intercultural Study about the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates program, one of many programs on campus available to U-M students:

APPLYING FOR AID

Fall and Full-Year (Fall/Winter) Programs

Visit our Forms page to download these applications as they become available.

  • Follow the instructions to apply for Fall/Winter aid
  • Download and complete a 2015-16 Fall & Full-Year Study Abroad Financial Aid Request  (form available June 1).  This form notifies the Office of Financial Aid that you will be abroad for study. If you do not complete the form, you will not receive financial aid.
Winter Term-only Programs
Spring/Summer Programs
  • Download and complete a 2016 Spring/Summer Study Abroad Financial Aid Request (form available Feb. 1). This form notifies the Office of Financial Aid that you will be abroad for study. You must complete this form to receive financial aid. 

PARTICIPATING IN NON-UM PROGRAMS
If you enroll in a non-UM-sponsored Study Abroad program and you expect to receive academic credit that will transfer to U-M, check first with your program to see if you may apply for financial aid as a “guest student” through the sponsoring institution.

If you cannot apply for aid through the program sponsor, you may apply for aid through U-M’s Office of Financial Aid but because you are attending a non-UM program, you will be eligible only for federal aid programs. If you have a U-M grant or scholarship and you choose a non-UM program, your scholarship or grant will be canceled for the term abroad; when you return, you must transfer your credits back to have your scholarship reinstated. (If your non-UM program is for Spring/Summer, you will only qualify for federal loans.)
 
If you are receiving a departmental or private scholarship, check to make sure you are eligible for the scholarship while attending a non-UM study abroad program.
 
Depending on the cost of your program, the financial aid you receive may not meet your full demonstrated financial need. To cover the gap, you may want to apply for a supplemental loan. For more information, contact our office.
 
Applying for aid: Non-UM Fall/Winter Programs
  • Follow the instructions to apply for Fall/Winter aid.
  • Complete a Consortium Agreement (see below). This agreement notifies the Office of Financial Aid that you will be abroad for a term or terms. If you do not complete the form, our office will not know that you are abroad and you will not receive financial aid.
  • Submit the agreement 4-8 weeks before your program start date.
Applying for aid: Non-UM Spring/Summer Programs
  • Complete a Consortium Agreement (see below). This agreement notifies the Office of Financial Aid that you will be abroad studying. If you do not complete the form, our office will not know that you are abroad and you will not receive financial aid.
  • Submit the agreement 4-8 weeks prior to your program start date.

What is a Consortium Agreement?

Consortium agreements allow the Office of Financial Aid to process your federal aid, private scholarships, and/or private loans, even though you are not a registered U-M student during your term(s) abroad. This agreement must be completed by you, your academic advisor and/or the Office of Credit Transfer Evaluation and your Study Abroad program. You will need to obtain signatures and/or paperwork from each office and participant in the agreement. Allow 4-8 weeks to complete this process before you leave.
 
A consortium agreement is needed for either of these situations:
  1. Study Abroad programs that are sponsored by institutions that have a Title IV School Code (e.g., EMU, MSU, WMU). To find out whether the institution sponsoring your program has a Title IV School Code, please visit the FAFSA website (www.fafsa.gov).
  2. Study Abroad programs that are sponsored by an agency or foreign university (e.g., CEA, CET, ISA) that does not have a Title IV School Code.
  3. To obtain a consortium agreement, you must meet with a financial aid officer (forms are not available online).
 
The following programs do not qualify for a consortium agreement:
  • Programs that occur in the United States
  • Semester at Sea
  • Programs in which the student does not earn any credit toward his/her U-M degree
  • Non-UM programs that take place in countries listed on the U.S. State Department’s list of current travel warnings. These programs require special approval before a student is eligible to receive any financial aid.
Even if the non-UM program is not listed, check eligibility with the Office of Financial Aid. If your program does not qualify, you cannot receive federal aid, private scholarships, and/or a private loan through the university. You will need to fund your study abroad program on your own.