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Year-round Study Abroad Funding

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

Se Lin (Sharon) Joh, International Studies BA ‘20. Abroad experience in Morocco. Summer 2017.

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) encourages International Studies students, both majors and minors, to study abroad. PICS provides financial assistance to a limited number of students enrolled in the Program in International and Comparative Studies and registered for an approved study abroad program, either during the academic year or during the spring and/or summer terms.

An approved program is defined as one organized by the U-M's Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) or one pre-approved by a PICS advisor. PICS funds may be used for travel, living expenses, or to offset the cost of tuition.

For a full academic year study abroad (Fall and Winter) students receive $2,000; for one semester study abroad (Fall or Winter) students receive $1,000; and for Spring or Summer study abroad students receive $500.

The PICS Study Abroad Fellowship Application is available in MCompass. For more information, contact: Please note that PICS funds are limited and the funding is not guaranteed.

U-M College of LSA International Travel Policy

All U-M students traveling abroad for university-related purposes (i.e., participating in study, research, or internship programs organized or supported by LSA departments/units or for which LSA in-residence credit is granted) are bound by the College of LSA International Travel Policy

To receive funding/credit for their international experiences, students are required to:

  • Register their travel in the MCompass Travel Registry
  • Purchase U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance and upload card to MCompass
  • Provide contact information in case of emergency on MCompass
  • Submit a safety plan if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning/Restriction destination. (Safety plans must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure and MUST be approved before funding can be released)

Learn more about the requirements and find travel resources on the LSA Travel website. You can also find additional resources on Global Michigan.