Contact Vanessa Barton, Academic Program Manager of Global Engagement & Student Outreach, by scheduling an appointment or asking Vanessa a question.
Fall 2023 Drop-In Advising
Drop-in advising is intended to assist students with urgent questions on a first-come first-served basis.
- Tuesdays 2:00pm-4:00pm (2300 SKB)
The School of Kinesiology will consider study abroad programs for Winter 2024 in accordance with the U-M International Travel Policy. As a reminder you can see all current travel restrictions and warnings on the Global Michigan Travel Designations page.
The School of Kinesiology highly values the international learning experience. The Office of Global Engagement assists Kinesiology students in finding opportunities for international study, research, volunteerism, and internships. Global Engagement 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
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. 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 today.
This course will introduce you to art historical theories of representation and engage you in hands-on assignments in order to consider what role design and deception play in depicting the human body with the greatest appearance of objectivity and truth. We will be centered in three cities: Florence, Milan, and Rome, with day trips to Bologna and Padua. 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. See MCompass listing.
London and Paris: Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich heritage of London and Paris while exploring these capital cities through the lens of sport business. Engage with the UK’s most prominent leagues and franchises, France’s Olympic partners and planning teams, and Europe’s extensive professional network of titans from the sport industry. With this on-the-ground experience, students will gain a holistic understanding of sport business from a global perspective and will be well-equipped to engage with sport-related enterprises on an international scale in the future. See MCompass listing.
European Sport Tour: Students accepted to participate in an educational trip to Europe during the summer of 2023 will receive three SM elective credits for participating in both the trip and pre/post-trip activities. Students will meet two to three times prior to the trip in preparation for venue and cultural visits, as well as once after the trip for debriefing and reflection. Cultural and historical research assignments will be required. Applications are open to all U-M Sport Management students. See MCompass listing.
Kinesiology Sponsored Spring/Summer Programs
- Costa Rica: Study abroad for a summer in San José, Costa Rica. You’ll live with a local “Tico” family and truly immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture. Enjoy an amazing campus setting at Universidad Veritas, a local, private university with an impressive approach to sustainability. Course options include Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries, Holistic Health Approaches, Health and Nutrition: a Sustainability Approach, Conflict Resolution and Health Care, Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine, and many more. MCompass listing. CISAbroad website.
- 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 Global Engagement.