IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE
The School of Kinesiology will consider study abroad programs for Winter 2022 in accordance with the U-M International Travel Policy. As a reminder you can see all current Travel Restrictions and Warnings here.
How does U-M determine if study abroad programs will proceed?
Programs may open study abroad applications in hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will improve. Please note that each U-M School/College considers a number of factors when deciding whether or not a study abroad program will proceed:
Significant planning goes into each study abroad program. Students often plan at least a year ahead to prepare their applications, map out their courses, make financial arrangements, and select housing that takes their time abroad into account. Similar planning is needed for Schools and Colleges, as they design the learning experiences, reserve sites, hire instructors, secure accommodations, etc. Contracts are signed and students make deposits several months in advance of departure. If there is significant uncertainty about conditions at the host location (including COVID-19), Schools and Colleges may elect to cancel a program in time for students to avoid financial commitments and make alternate plans for the upcoming semester.
All U-M managed study abroad programs are subject to the U-M International Travel Policy (SPG 601.31). If there is a U-M Travel Restriction for your specific destination by the time financial commitments must be made, your program will not run. Travel warning/restriction details are available on Global Michigan and on the When can UMRT resume? chart.
U-M Schools and Colleges may determine that certain providers or partner institutions do not have the capacity to meet certain COVID-19 health and safety measures for U-M students and/or the host community. There may also be cases where the provider or partner institution makes the decision not to run programs.
U-M Schools and Colleges may decide to run a smaller number of programs (or no programs) during COVID-19 due to academic concerns, the financial viability of a particular program, or other unit-specific reasons.
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 Partner Universities
- Kinesiology Sponsored Semester Programs
- Kinesiology Faculty Led Spring/Summer Programs
- Kinesiology Sponsored Spring/Summer Programs
- Recommended Programs from other Units (CGIS, Ross, Nursing, etc.)
- Provider Programs
All students must meet with an 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: bit.ly/Kines_Incoming_Exchange.
U-M Admissions forms need to be completed as well:
Kinesiology Partner Universities
- Australia: University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences in Brisbane. Semester-long exchange available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
- Ireland: University College Dublin Sport and Exercise Management in Dublin. Semester-long exchange available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
Kinesiology Sponsored Semester Programs
- Ireland: University of Limerick offered through CISAbroad. Semester-long experiences available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
- Italy: Florence University of the Arts offered through CISAbroad. Semester-long experiences available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
- New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology offered through ISA. Semester-long experiences available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
- Scotland: Edinburgh Napier University offered through CISAbroad. Semester-long experiences available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
- South Africa: Nelson Mandela University offered through ISA. Semester-long experiences available fall or winter term. See MCompass listing.
Kinesiology Faculty-Led Spring/Summer Programs *NEW 2021
Join U-M Kinesiology faculty on short-term, topic-specific global programs during the summer. The programs are typically 3-4 weeks long and students earn one credit per week. Upcoming programs include:
- Thailand: This program immerses participants in an intensive Sports & Exercise Science program throughout the Greater Mekong Sub region of Northern Thailand. By fostering a deeper understanding of how Thais approach the body, wellness, rehabilitation, fitness
and sports science management, this program will reveal transferable approaches to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing found in Thailand’s booming wellness and fitness industries. Rooted in Thai traditional medicine and rehabilitation, this program will enhance
participants' ability to manage cross-cultural collaborations, competencies and relationships abroad and back home and within their field of expertise. Led by Vanessa Barton, global engagement coordinator. See MCompass listing. NEW FOR SUMMER 2021 please email Vanessa Barton for questions or concerns.
Note: Programs offered are subject to change at any time.
Kinesiology Sponsored Spring/Summer Programs
- Australia: Sport Psychology offered through The Education Abroad Network. Summer program, students can choose to complete program with or without sport training component. See MCompass listing.
- Cyprus: Physical Therapy offered through Global Semesters in partnership with the University of Nicosia. Students take Biomechanics of rehabilitation and can choose one additional course from offerings. See MCompass listing.
- Spain: Exercise and Sport Science offered through CEA. Summer program, students can choose one or two courses from offerings. See MCompass listing.
Recommended Programs from other Units
- 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.
Education abroad opportunities are also offered through program providers. Students can only use federal financial aid on programs not sponsored by University of Michigan units.
- 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.
- University of Michigan Affiliate Programs offer all University of Michigan students, price reductions on semester programs, access to financial aid and scholarship support, as well as on-site staff for 24/7 support.
After researching several options and deciding on a few opportunities that interest you, schedule an appointment with GoGlobal!