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Advising

University of Michigan students, transfer students, and prospective International Studies majors and minors are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a International Studies advisor through the online appointment system to discuss all International Studies prerequisite courses and requirements for the major or minor. General advising appointments are also available with advisors to discuss the International Studies major or minor, declaring, academic planning, course selection, registration, joint degree programs, Honors plan, senior releases, career planning, interest in graduate school, and other matters of concern.

Virtual and Phone Advising Appointments for Fall 2020

In parallel to the University’s migration to remote delivery of class instruction, the Program in International and Comparative Studies has migrated all advising appointments to virtual platforms.

Students may schedule advising appointments with advisors through the online system. It will be the responsibility of the student to contact the advisor via Google Chat at the designated appointment time in EST. If students are unable to attend the appointment via Google Chat, students should contact the advisor ahead of time to make other arrangements.

Students may contact is-advising@umich.edu with any advising questions. This inbox will be monitored by multiple advisors and staff from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

If there are any other questions for the Program in International and Comparative Studies. please reach out to is-michigan@umich.edu.

Virtual Advising FAQs

Q: How can I get in touch with an advisor?

A: There are multiple ways to connect with a PICS advisor:

Q: What types of questions are best for email?

A: Many questions that may have typically been addressed in an in-person advising appointment can be quickly answered over email. Examples include questions about:

  • obtaining advisor approval for a regional course or elective course
  • language proficiency requirements
  • updated Progress Towards Degree (PTD) worksheets  

Q: What if I have a question about approved courses for my sub-plan?

A: Please review the PICS Approved Course Lists on the PICS Courses page for approved sub-plan courses. For further questions, please email is-advising@umich.edu.

Q: I’m currently enrolled in the prerequisite courses for the International Studies major and would like to declare at the end of the semester.  What should I do?

A: You can still declare the International Studies major! Once you have (1) completed INTLSTD 101 with a grade of C- or higher and (2) enrolled in your 4th term of language, please complete a major declaration form and email it to is-advising@umich.edu. An advisor will contact you shortly thereafter with additional information.

Advising Appointments

Schedule an Advising Appointment

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) has two full-time undergraduate academic advisors. Students are welcome to schedule an appointment with either advisor through the online appointment system. The PICS Undergraduate Academic Advising Office is located in Weiser Hall (high-rise building), 500 Church Street, Suite 341 (third floor), Ann Arbor. Students and prospective students are encouraged to meet with an International Studies advisor early and regularly in their undergraduate academic career. It is advisable to meet with an advisor by the first semester of your sophomore year. To ensure a successful advising appointment, students should check their progress by generating an updated LSA Audit Checklist and come with prepared questions. The LSA Audit Checklist is an easy-to-read checklist of where you are at with all of your LSA degree requirements, including current elections. This checklist is for advising purposes only, so if you have questions or concerns, follow-up with your general LSA advisor or major/minor advisor.

Declared International Studies majors and minors, and students considering the major or minor, should also see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page and the PICS Undergraduate Student Handbook. Undeclared students should plan to attend one of the International Studies Information Sessions.  

For general LSA distribution requirements, students should make also an appointment to see a general advisor in the LSA Newnan Advising Office, 1255 Angell Hall.

Appointments for Prospective University of Michigan Students

Prospective University of Michigan students (high school students and prospective transfer students) may contact the Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) to set up an appointment to discuss the International Studies prerequisite courses and major or minor requirements in International Studies. If you plan to attend a campus tour and would like to meet with an International Studies advisor, please contact PICS by email at is-michigan@umich.edu in advance with your name, email address, and contact telephone number to schedule an appointment.

Quick Questions Advising

Quick question for our advisors? Please email is-advising@umich.edu.

The is-advising@umich.edu email is shared and monitored between all the International Studies advisors. If you have a quick question, emailing is-advising@umich.edu may be the fastest way for you to receive an answer. Students can email this inbox to receive regional or elective course approvals, updated Progress Towards Degree (PTD) worksheets, and answers to any other quick questions they may have about the International Studies major or minor. Students can also utilize the designated walk-in advising hours for quick questions.

Walk-in Advising

Walk-in advising is not offered during the Fall 2020 term.

Walk-in advising hours for International Studies students are typically offered four days a week Monday-Thursday at specific times during the fall and winter semesters. Students are always encouraged to schedule an advising appointment first, but walk-in advising hours can be used for quick questions or urgent questions.

Walk-in advising appointments are conducted on a first come, first serve basis, during 2-hour time blocks. During busy periods, such as the start of the academic semesters and during registration periods, walk-in advising appointments may not be guaranteed due to time constraints and high demand. If you would like to have guaranteed designated time with an International Studies advisor, please schedule an advising appointment or students can always email is-advising@umich.edu with quick questions.

Undergraduate advising is offered by many units on campus. For general advice from orientation through graduation, regardless of your major or minor, contact the Newnan Academic Advising Center. For students seeking postgraduate employment, contact the Career Center. Lastly, the LSA Opportunity Hub is a College of LSA initiative dedicated to pairing the broad and valuable skills of a liberal arts education with real-life experience. The LSA Opportunity Hub provides strategic career advising, professional development training, and assists in connecting LSA students with employers and alumni.