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Once you’ve decided to explore study abroad opportunities, it’s never too early to start planning. CGIS advisors and peer advisors are available to answer questions that arise during any point of the process, from takeoff to touchdown and beyond.

Outlined below is the basic CGIS process for getting started with study abroad.

STEP 1: Attend a First Step session

CGIS First Step Sessions

First Steps are offered virtually Monday and Thursday 4:00-4:30pm during the academic year while classes are in session, with the exception of holidays. 

First Step sessions are a great opportunity to learn more about the application process prior to meeting with an advisor. You can learn about all of our programs around the world, scholarships and other financial aid resources, the CGIS application process, and more! 

Attending a First Step session will no longer be a required component of the CGIS application process.

Find the Zoom link for First Steps at the CGIS Events page

Watch a recorded First Step Session

STEP 2: Explore programs

Find an overview of each CGIS program in the Programs section of this site.

Learn more on M-Compass, the University of Michigan’s comprehensive online tool for study abroad program information. Search, save, and apply for international programs on M-Compass.

When selecting an intercultural experience, it is important for students to consider their personal, academic, and professional goals. Whether you hope to improve language skills, meet academic requirements, develop professional skills, or just step outside your comfort zone, each CGIS program offers unique benefits. Identifying objectives and expectations before beginning the search for a program will help you select appropriate intercultural experiences.

STEP 3: Meet with advisors

After attending a First Step session, you can schedule an individual appointment with a CGIS advisor to assess your goals, identify the right programs for you, and assist you through the application process. Please view our Advising page to understand what questions to ask and who to meet with. 

After meeting with a CGIS advisor, you should also discuss with your academic advisors how study abroad courses can help fulfill degree requirements.

STEP 4: Complete a program application

Applications for CGIS programs should be completed on M-Compass.

After creating a profile, you will use M-Compass throughout the study abroad process to submit application requirements and other pre-departure materials. The deadlines for most programs are:


September 15


Nov 1


December 10


January 15/February 1

Fall/Academic Year   

February 1/March 1

Deadlines vary by program and are subject to change. Visit M-Compass for specific deadlines.