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Advising

Whether you are just starting to explore going abroad or already have a program in mind, the CGIS advising team is here to help! Please use the resources below to determine if it's best for you to meet with a peer advisor or an Intercultural Programs Advisor, or to attend a session instead. 

Read Me First!

How do I get started? 
Read our "Getting Started" page where you can find a timeline and tools to familiarize yourself with the study abroad process prior to setting an appointment. The "Getting Started" page will link you to CGIS' First Step where we review logistics like how to search for a program, get approval from departments, finanical aid and more! 
 
Who should I meet with? 
If you have basic questions about the application process or don't know where to get started, meet with a CGIS Peer Advisor! They can help you during walk-in hours and they host First Step sessions twice a week (or watch the recording online here). If you know which program you're interested in and have specific questions about that program, meet with the CGIS Advisor for the program.
 
Who is a CGIS Peer Advisor?
A peer advisor is a CGIS student alumnx. 
 
Who is the CGIS Advisor for each program? Where do I find CGIS Advisor portfolios? 
Advisor portfolios can be found in two places. The first is under the CGIS Staff Page. Alternatively, when you go to schedule an appointment, click on the program/country you're interested in, and the system will schedule you with the appropriate advisor. 
 
Should I schedule a "General Appointment" or choose a country/topic?
Schedule a "General Appointment" for an overview of the study abroad process, including the timeline, financial aid, and application processes. If you have specific program questions, you must schedule an appointment with the appropriate advisor by choosing the country or topic when setting up an appointment. 
 
Should I set up an appointment or email my advisor?
Appointments are 20-30 minute time slots. If you are just getting started or have many questions, an appointment is better. However, if you just have a few questions, consider sending an email. Advisors' emails are available on the staff page linked above.
 
How can I find out which requirements I can fulfill abroad? 
The CGIS website has pages for many majors and minors that allow you to find recommended programs and even pre-approved courses. For LSA major/minor credit, consult your LSA major/minor advisors to learn which requirements you can fulfill abroad. More information about major or minor credit, distribution credit, and earning credit as a non-LSA student, please view our flowchart.
 
If I am interested in a non-CGIS program, who should I talk to? 
CGIS does not offer advising for students going abroad independently. You can find resources by clicking the "International Center" button at the bottom of the page. Students who go abroad independently transfer in their credit and may not have access to all their aid and scholarships. 

Peer Advising

Speak to a peer advisor any time listed below during the Winter 2023 semester! 

  • Monday: 8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Peer advisors can answer questions about:

  • Application process
  • How to find the right program for you
  • Their personal experience
  • Budgeting abroad
  • Purchasing flights
     

Group Advising and Info Sessions (by Program or Topic)

What to expect:

Information Sessions: Advisors/Faculty will present on the program or topic with time for questions at the end. These sessions are great for a deeper dive to learn more.

Drop In / Open Group Advising: Come with your questions about the program or application, and benefit by hearing the answers to questions from other students as well!

Come back later for more sessions!

Program-Specific FAQ Guides

Our Program-Specific FAQs are a great resource to find answers to common questions for specific study abroad programs. Please continue to check back for more FAQs, and watch for updates to the content of these guides.

Note: Details shared in each FAQ only relate to the programs specified, and should not be assumed to apply for other programs not listed. If you have any questions about which program a FAQ applies to, please contact us at cgis@umich.edu.

Different Factors to Consider:

We encourage you to consider what's most important to you when choosing a program. Identifying these key objectives not only helps you identify the program that is best for you, but also can help you create SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals to make the most of your study abroad experience!

Ready to Meet an Advisor?

Now that you've read through the "Read Me First!" section and you've determined that you're ready to meet with an Intercultural Programs Advisor, please use the link below. Please utilize the country and region catagories to the best of your ability. If you're still not sure, schedule a general appointment and explain what you hope to discuss.

Juliana advises for the following:

  • Jordan
  • Latin/South America
  • GCC: Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Spanish Language programs

Ben advises for the following:

  • Asia
  • Environment programs
  • GCC: Japan
  • GCC: Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Russia

Callie advises for the following:

  • Central Europe
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Scandinavia
  • STEM programs (locations include Hungary, Ireland, Spain and the UK)

Kaisha advises for the following:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Senegal
  • Switzerland

Tamara advises for the following:

  • UK
  • GIEU: Brazil
  • GCC: London
  • Ghana
  • Madagascar
  • Serbia
  • Uganda/Rwanda
  • Multi-Country

Interim Advising for the following programs:

  • Australia
  • Barcelona
  • Bilbao
  • GIEU: Thailand
  • South Africa

Please reach out to cgis@umich.edu if you have questions about the locations listed above.