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U-M Study Abroad Opportunities (CGIS)

Study abroad can be a great option for linguistics students wishing to work on language acquisition or study second languages in their places of origin. There are multiple reasons for students to study abroad, including:

  • Working on major/minor requirements** (see residency requirements below)

  • Completing LSA Distribution requirements

  • Completing the Language requirement

  • Working on coursework for other majors and minors

If you are interested in studying abroad, please review the following information to learn how to get started!

Petitioning Classes for Linguistics Credit

Students may submit petitions for study abroad courses they wish to have considered for Linguistics Major/Minor credit by doing the following:

  • Obtaining a course description and link for their intended class

  • Obtaining a syllabus for their intended class

  • Submitting these materials using InfoReady (click button below)

Residency Requirements

Linguistics students should refer to the Linguistics major and Linguistics minor requirements to ensure that your intended study abroad courses will count towards the major/minor.

Courses taken through CGIS will receive U-M in-residence credits. Courses taken from non-CGIS study abroad programs and/or external institutions must be transferable into the University of Michigan and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in order to count coursework to the Linguistics major. Students may transfer up to 20 non-LSA credits, which may be used toward the graduation minimum of 120. Please reference the LSA Transfer Credit process. This guide from the International Center about Academic Credit from abroad is also a useful resource.

Finding a Program

Because of U-M’s commitment to international education, there are many resources available to assist students who are looking for an international experience, including country-specific tips, funding, navigating identities abroad, and more. The offices listed below offer comprehensive information and periodic workshops to help students plan for their time abroad. 

CGIS strongly encourages (although no longer requires) all students wishing to go abroad through their programs to attend a "First Steps" information session, followed by an individual advising appointment with a CGIS advisor. After this, you can begin to apply to a CGIS program.

Funding Resources

The following websites contain information on study abroad scholarships and application deadlines: