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Study Abroad

Quick Tip

It is easiest to select a study abroad program through CGIS because the credits will usually transfer without a problem. While students may elect to engage in study abroad programs independently, there is a risk those courses may not transfer to the university. Classes taken in study abroad programs outside of the University will have to be evaluated by the transfer credit team in the Office of Admissions and this extra step makes it harder for English advisors to determine if a course will count toward the English major or minor.


  1. Watch this "First Steps" video from CGIS and read over the "Getting Started" page
  2. Browse the CGIS website and checkout programs you're interested in
  3. Schedule an appointment with a CGIS advisor
  4. Once you select a program, take a look at the classes offered during the term(s) you plan to go abroad. Create a list of classes you're interested in, save all course descriptions for these classes, and schedule an appointment with an English advisor.
  5. Your English advisor will look over the courses (and descriptions) you've selected and they may give tentative approval of those classes. Please note, this does NOT mean these classes will count toward your English major or minor. While rare, course changes may happen closer to your time to go abroad so the advising team is not able to grant final approval at this step.
  6. Enjoy your time abroad and save all syllabi and course descriptions of the classes you are taking and would like to use for your English major or minor.
  7. Return to Ann Arbor safely and wait for the study abroad program credits to appear on your transcript. At that time, schedule a final appointment with an English advisor and share your course descriptions, syllabi, and any other supporting materials. At this appointment, your advisor may give final approval of your courses. Please note, a great majority of students receive that final approval. IMPORTANT: The English advising team cannot grant final approval of your coursework until those credits appear on your transcript.