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, IES, ISA
  • Program providers, such as CIEE, CISAbroad, TEAN, and The Atlantis Project 

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:

Walk-In Hours: 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:

  • 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. Apply now
  • Thailand: This course is an introduction to a wide range of the Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed within the diverse regions of South, Central, and East Asia, with an emphasis on Thai cultural tradition. The course will address several areas of Buddhist Philosophy such as social, political, religious vs. non-religious, "who am I?", Buddhist Thought and Psychology. Key goals of this course are to promote familiarity with the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) and the philosophy he taught; critical reasoning and reflection while considering a variety of ethical, philosophical, and religious issues; and understanding texts by accurately and fully describing concepts from a non-legalistic view as well as being able to get past semantics due to language translation. Students will collaborate with one another, presenting and supporting their ideas in public through class participation, interact with Buddhist Monks, and will have an opportunity to try meditation in a Buddhist temple setting for a period of twenty-four hours. Led by CISAbroadApply now
  • United Kingdom: Students accepted to participate in an educational trip to London during spring break 2019 will receive two SM elective credits for participating in both the trip and pre-trip activities. Students will meet three times prior to leaving for London to prepare for the trip and organization visits, and they will complete readings and assignments to prepare them to maximize their learning on this experience. Students will apply to participate in the trip in the summer of 2018; applications will be open to all U-M Ann Arbor Sport Management Level 2 students.
    Students will visit 2-3 organizations per day, beginning with governance agencies and then meeting with sport and entertainment agencies, media agencies, and a combination of league, team, and stadium management. See Tentative Trip Plans for the full schedule. Led by Kelli Donahue and Dr. Stefan Syzmanski, 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!