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Winter 2022 Drop-In Advising
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The School of Kinesiology will consider study abroad programs for Fall 2022 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.
How does U-M determine if study abroad programs will proceed?
Programs may open study abroad applications in hopes that the COVID-19 pandemic will improve. Please note that each U-M school/college considers a number of factors when deciding whether or not a study abroad program will proceed:
- Significant planning goes into each study abroad program. Students often plan at least a year ahead to prepare their applications, map out their courses, make financial arrangements, and select housing that takes their time abroad into account. Similar planning is needed for schools and colleges, as they design the learning experiences, reserve sites, hire instructors, secure accommodations, etc. Contracts are signed and students make deposits several months in advance of departure. If there is significant uncertainty about conditions at the host location (including COVID-19), schools and colleges may elect to cancel a program in time for students to avoid financial commitments and make alternate plans for the upcoming semester.
- All U-M managed study abroad programs are subject to the U-M International Travel Policy (SPG 601.31). If there is a U-M travel restriction for your specific destination by the time financial commitments must be made, your program will not run. Travel warning/restriction details are available on Global Michigan.
- U-M schools and colleges may determine that certain providers or partner institutions do not have the capacity to meet certain COVID-19 health and safety measures for U-M students and/or the host community. There may also be cases where the provider or partner institution makes the decision not to run programs.
- U-M schools and colleges may decide to run a smaller number of programs (or no programs) during COVID-19 due to academic concerns, the financial viability of a particular program, or other unit-specific reasons.
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. 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. Led by Movement Science Associate Professor Dr. Melissa Gross. See MCompass listing. Please email Vanessa Barton for questions or concerns.
- United Kingdom: Students accepted to participate in an educational trip to the United Kingdom during the summer of 2022 will receive three SM elective credits for participating in both the trip and pre-trip activities. Students will meet three times prior to the trip in preparation for venue and cultural visits. Cultural and historical research assignments will be required. Applications are open to all U-M Sport Management students. Students on this trip will learn about sport industry operations in the UK, the deep historical and cultural significance of many of the UK's storied sport programs, as well as the growth and expansion of American sports, like the NFL, into the UK. Students will visit one to two sport organizations/venues or agencies per day to tour some of the UK's cherished sport sites, often meeting with leadership teams to expand their knowledge of UK sport operations, including marketing, partnership, and event operations. Apply by February 15. Led by Sport Management faculty Kelli Donahue and Ron Wade. Please email Vanessa Barton for questions or concerns.
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. (Cancelled Spring 2022)
- 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.