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 member 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: 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:

  • China: Our China study abroad program allows you to explore one of the world’s most ancient cultures and the fastest economic growing and vibrant countries. Beijing Sports University, the top university in field of Kinesiology in China, will host our study abroad program in Beijing. We will experience traditional Chinese body and mind exercises and therapeutic methods through immersive courses. We will discover the magic of Beijing through field trips to historical sites (i.e., Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven) and to splendid stores and restaurants.
    East China Normal University will host our study abroad program in Shanghai. We will experience physical activity programs offered in schools, discover both contemporary and ancient cultures and wonders in Shanghai and through excursions outside cities including Tai lake in Wuxi city and famous gardens in Shuzhou city. Study in China and enjoy the experience of a lifetime with School of Kinesiology Abroad! Led by Dr. Weiyun Chen, professor of health and fitness. Apply now.
  • Italy: Have you ever wondered when and where anatomical knowledge was originally discovered, or how technologies in the past might have influenced scientific discovery and anatomical instruction? 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. 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 visualizing knowledge now and in the future.
    The course begins in Rome, with visits to the Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Capuchin Crypts. A visit to Florence will provide you with many opportunities to engage with the cultural history of anatomical sciences through art. Sites of particular interest in Florence are the Natural History Museum (La Specola) with its renown collection of anatomical wax models, the Uffizi Gallery with its collection of Renaissance masterworks, the Galleria dell’Accademia with its famous sculpture of David by Michelangelo, as well as other paintings and sculptures found throughout historic Florence. We will take day trips to anatomical theaters in Bologna and in Padua. The program concludes with a trip to Venice and its museums, including the Accademia and Doge’s Palace, while immersing yourself in an historic Renaissance city. Led by Dr. Melissa Gross, professor of movement science. Apply now
  • Wales: Join the three-week study abroad program at University of Wales Trinity Saint David this summer! Students will develop and appreciation of how outdoor environments and adventurous activities can be used to improve both mental and physical health. Throughout the program students will be immersed in the Welsh culture and will be encouraged to learn some simple Welsh language phrases. Students will see and explore a range of different environments ranging from the towns of Carmarthen and St. Davids to the World Class Costal region and the internationally recognized Preseli Hills. Led by Vanessa Barton, global engagement coordinator. 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!