Education Abroad: GoGlobal!

GoGlobal students in ChinaThe 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, CISAbroad, IES,  and ISA
  • Program providers, such as CIEE, TEAN, The Atlantis Project, and UNIC Global Semesters 

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:

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

Due to Coronavirus concerns, walk-In hours are suspended for Winter 2020 term. But you can contact Vanessa by scheduling an appointment or asking Vanessa a question.

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:

  • Argentina: Students will take a three week course on Sport and Culture exploring the intersections of history, sociology and culture through sports, more specifically, through Argentina's sport par excellence, soccer, and its myriad repercussions for culture, politics and society. Following that course students will engage in a two week service project with United through Sport, a United Kingdom based service organization, located in Buenos Aires. Students will be teaching motor development activities and coaching sports to primary education students in the local area. Led by Vanessa Barton, Global Engagement Coordinator. Apply now.
  • Israel and Palestine: Across the world there are places where people living near each other are enmeshed in intractable conflicts. Pathways to co-existence in these situations can be extremely difficult to cultivate. In this field experience students will have an opportunity to explore the role of sport (and associated businesses) and other joint business operations in efforts to create spaces in which conflict can be minimized. The field experience will include visits in several Israeli cities and towns and to the campuses of the Arab American University of Palestine in Ramallah and Jenin.

    Sport has a long history of efforts to create pathways from which conflict can be minimized.  The ancient and modern Olympics are prime examples of efforts to use sport to bring people of different races and cultures together in a spirit of productive competition.  Unfortunately, sport has also been an institution where hostilities between groups is sharpened.  The racial issues plaguing European and Middle Eastern soccer as well as what takes place on and surrounding playing fields in the US are examples where the social mission of sport has been compromised. 
    There have also been important efforts in the Middle East to form businesses equally owned by Arabs and Jews to also create pathways for cooperation.  Sport events represent a form of tourism which can also unify people from different cultures as fans attending events also want to experience a region’s historical and cultural assets.
    This field experience to Israel and Palestine will be explored amidst the seemingly intractable issues between Jews and Arabs and Israelis and Palestinians.  This experience will allow students to look at numerous issues and elements and the efforts of the use of sport, tourism, and business to create pathways within the contested space issues that have dominated the Middle East for more than a millennium. Led by Dr. Mark Rosentraub, professor of sport management. Apply now

  • Italy: Have you ever wondered when and where knowledge about musculoskeletal anatomy was discovered and by whom, or how artists in the past might have used their knowledge of anatomy to influence anatomical instruction and represent the body? The goal of this program is to explore these ideas through the lens of the Italian Renaissance. By examining the intersection of art and anatomy, you will learn about the expansion of knowledge in the anatomical sciences, and the role of art and artists in that scientific revolution. You will have the opportunity to develop your visual literacy skills by observing and describing great works of art from the Renaissance, thus improving both your surface anatomy and the observational skills that will be useful to you as a future health professional. With a deeper appreciation of the connection between art and anatomy in the past, you will gain a new perspective on how art, technology and science are vital for representing the human body and visualizing anatomical knowledge.
    The course begins in Rome, continues on to Florence, Bologna, and Padua, and then concludes in Milan. You will have many opportunities to engage with the cultural history of art and anatomical sciences by visiting art museums, historical sites, anatomical wax collections, anatomy theaters, crypts and churches. Academic instruction will provide you with the relevant background for each visit, and assignments will help you to develop your anatomical identification and visual literacy skills while gaining an appreciation for the cultural context of art and anatomy in the Italian Renaissance. Led by Dr. Melissa Gross, professor of movement science. Program Applications Closed. 
  • United Kingdom, France, and Spain: This two and a half week summer course will allow students to learn about global sport businesses that focus on events and venues, in the context of three major European cities: London, Paris, and Barcelona. Led by Professors Babiak and Long, students will visit iconic sporting venues for events including Premier League Football, Lord's Cricket, Wimbledon and Formula One Barcelona-Catalunya, as well as future and former Olympic sites for Paris 2024 and Barcelona 1992. We will also meet with leading industry and institutional executives in each city. Upon completion of the course, students will better understand how the business of major sporting events intersects with the aspirations of host cities seeking urban, environmental, social and other benefits.​ Led by Dr. Katherine Babiak and Dr. Judith Grant Long, professors of sport management. Apply now. ​

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.

Next Steps

After researching several options and deciding on a few opportunities that interest you, schedule an appointment with GoGlobal!