Education Abroad: GoGlobal!

The School of Kinesiology highly values the international learning experience. GoGlobal! Center for Global Opportunities assists Kinesiology students in finding opportunities for international study, research, volunteerism, and internships. The GoGlobal! office also supports our students as they pursue funding, academic, and professional resources, and helps them determine the program that best fits their educational and personal goals.




Education abroad opportunities for Kinesiology students include:

  • Kinesiology-sponsored programs
  • Other U-M-sponsored programs
  • University Affiliate Partners, such as CEA and IES 
  • Program providers, such as CIEE and Diversity Abroad

All students must meet with a Kinesiology faculty or OUSA advisor to align their education abroad opportunity with their academic plan.

If you would like to study at U-M Kinesiology and are visiting from an international university on exchange, please complete this form:

U-M Admissions forms need to be completed as well:

Walk-In Hours (Winter 2017): Fridays, 1:00-3:00pm

Kinesiology-Sponsored Partnership Universities

We have two international institutional partnerships, serving both U-M students and incoming students from abroad. Partner universities were carefully selected because of their parallel course content. Many U-M Kinesiology requirements can be fulfilled by participating in an exchange or education abroad experience to one of the following universities:

Kinesiology-Sponsored Faculty-Led Programs

Join U-M Kinesiology faculty on short-term, topic-specific global programs during the summer. The programs are typically 2-3 weeks long and students earn one credit per week. Upcoming programs include:

  • Australia: Students will work with faculty within the Early Start Research Institute at the University of Wollongong to obtain a more in-depth understanding of motor skills and physical activity behaviors in Australian pediatric populations. Led by Dr. Leah Robinson, associate professor of movement science.
  • Israel: Sport has been an influential route for involving minorities in a country’s culture and for bridging social divides between people. Israel is an area of growing concern for continual segregation, and there are a large number of activities underway using sports to eliminate conflict between groups in what is described as “contested space.” In Israel, can youth and professional leagues create opportunities for Arabs and Jews to build examples of cooperation? Led by Dr. Mark Rosentraub, professor of sport management.
  • South Korea: South Korea has already hosted the Summer Olympics, FIFA World Cup, and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics. In this program, students will learn how sport is deeply intertwined with the culture, history, economy, and policies of South Korea. Led by Dr. Dae Hee Kwak, associate professor of sport management.
  • Western Europe*: Students will learn about planning and delivery of large-scale sporting events by visiting some of the most influential examples of Olympic Games host cities. We begin in Lausanne (Switzerland) with a a visit to the IOC headquarters and museum, and from there travel to Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), and Barcelona (Spain). Led by Dr. Judith Grant Long, associate professor of sport management. *Tentative

Note: Programs offered are subject to change at any time.

Other U-M Sponsored Programs

  • The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts’ Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) offers over 70 study abroad opportunities available to Kinesiology students. On MCompass, in the "Program Name" field, search for "CGIS."
  • The Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) program, a program at CGIS, gives students the opportunity to participate in a field placement at designated sites that vary each year. Accepted students register for a pre-departure course, conduct their fieldwork, and debrief the following September. On MCompass, in the "Program Name" field, search for "GIEU."
  • Ross School of Business Global Initiatives Office offers U-M undergraduates from all majors opportunities learn about international business, visiting companies, and exploring new culture abroad through global immersion courses. On MCompass, in the "Program Name" field, search for "Ross."
  • The School of Nursing offers a spring/summer course in Oaxaca, Mexico, for current or aspiring health care professionals who have intermediate Spanish proficiency. Although intended primarily for nursing students, the program is open to students in other U-M programs. See MCompass listing.
  • The Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI) has academic program and internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. GHDI provides students with an opportunity to address global health challenges through clinical immersion and design coursework. Students have performed design ethnography at hospitals in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nicaragua, and China to identify and prioritize healthcare challenges that can be partially addressed through engineering design.

Credits earned from non-Kinesiology U-M education abroad programs often apply towards prerequisite, elective or core courses. Few required core courses in Kinesiology can be fulfilled by participating in programs outside of the School of Kinesiology, although some exceptions have been made.

Program Providers

Education abroad opportunities are also offered through program providers. U-M Kinesiology does not have official partnerships with these organizations, and thus research and communication is left up to the student to coordinate. This list is provided as a resource and it should be noted that other program providers exist that are not included here.

  • The Education Abroad Office in the International Center has resources to help you find non-UM sponsored programs.
  • Diversity Abroad connects diverse and underrepresented students to international education and career opportunities.
  • Go Abroad offers students to search based on the subject “Kinesiology/Exercise Science.”
  • Institute of International Education Passport helps students find connections with easy-to-use search tool where students can search for a program name that fits their major.
  • CIEE is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that connects students to international education possibilities. It offers education and work abroad programs, as well as funding opportunities.
  • If you’re interested in working or interning abroad, a myriad of program providers are available. Here’s a list from the Georgia State University website.

Next Steps

After deciding on a few opportunities that interest you, schedule an appointment with GoGlobal! (