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 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:

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 Partner Universities

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

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:

  • 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. 

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.

Program Providers

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. 

Next Steps

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