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The Journey Abroad

Overview of education abroad opportunities offered at University of Michigan-Flint.

International Center

on 24 August 2016

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The Journey Abroad
Personal Benefits
Increase your self-confidence
Gain independence and maturity
Grow your global network of friends
Gain better appreciation of other cultures as well as your own
Be prepared to face challenges in the future
Learn to creatively solve problems
Better understand your personal strengths and weaknesses
Intercultural skills development
"One's destination is never a place,
but a
new way
of seeing things."
-Henry Miller

A study conducted in Pennsylvania State University among 100 employers and 100 students found "employers rated interpersonal skills more highly than other skills" and "suggested a connection in employers' minds between overseas study and the development of interpersonal skills."
listening and observing well
adapting well to change
working well under pressure
working effectively outside one's comfort zone
work with people of diverse backgrounds
Global companies also believe that study abroad experience helps prepare future employees to work collaboratively as part of international teams. Demonstrates that those employees have certain abilities:
II. Types of Education Abroad
Internal Programs
External Programs
Student receives UM-Flint credits
Student pays UM-Flint directly
Financial Aid applies for credit-bearing programs
Non-UM-Flint programs
Students receive transfer credit
Financial aid may apply
Faculty-Led Programs
Exchange Programs
These programs are led by UM-Flint faculty or staff, are 1 to 3 weeks in length, and take place over spring break or spring/summer terms.
Provider Programs
Other US and Foreign
You pay a program fee (which covers expenses such as housing, meals, health insurance, transportation, cultural trips) as well as tuition/fees for credit-bearing programs.
Allows students to study for a up to two semesters at a partner university. Students register for courses and pay tuition/fees at their home campus, and are not charged tuition/fees at the host campus.
External programs offer wide range of options for students who are looking for that UM-Flint internal programs do not offer.
3rd Party Providers programs refer to an entity which administers study abroad programs open to students from many various colleges and universities. Students pay tuition and program fees directly to the third party provider that organizes these programs. Students may be in classes with other American students from around the country or with students at the host institution.
Students apply for programs offered at other US institutions or apply directly to a foreign institution. They are considered "guest students" at the institution and complete a guest student application process.
III. Selecting a Program
Why do you want to study abroad? What are important components of your education abroad experience?
"I want to be a human rights lawyer and learn more about social and justice issues."
Cape Town, South Africa
"I want to gain some hands-on experience in marine biology."
"I want to learn Mandarin
Shanghai, China
"I want to satisfy degree requirements abroad."
Zagreb, Croatia
What subjects do you want to study? Do you need to fulfill major, minor, or general education requirements? How will my time abroad affect my scheduled graduation? What is the language of instruction?
Consider Personal Goals
Consider Academics
Consider Location
"I want to volunteer or intern abroad for work experience."
What city or region? Do you prefer a big city or small city? Is there accessible transportation within the city? How much does it cost to live in this city or region?
Average cost for a semester in Dublin, Ireland: $17,000
Average cost for a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina: $9,500
Average cost of a semester in Accra, Ghana: $8,000
Average cost of a 12 week volunteer program in Accra, Ghana: $1,950
Average cost of a semester in Rome: $15,000
Average cost of a 4-week summer program in Rome: $5,650
Average cost of 6 weeks language learning & internship in Rome: $3,800
I. Benefits of Education Abroad
II. Types of Education Abroad
III. Selecting a Program
VI. Funding Opportunities
V. Returning Home
Professional & Career Benefits
Gothenburg, Sweden
Melbourne, Australia
If seeking credit for an external program:
Work with academic advisers !
IV. Funding Your Experience
Financial Aid
University Scholarships & Grants
Federal Scholarships
External Scholarships & Grants
Financial Aid
Federally funded financial aid may be used by eligible participants enrolled in education abroad programs. Since federal aid is based on a real budget, the amount of the award for the period of your program may vary from that received while attending UM-Flint. Contact a financial aid adviser to review your options.
Scholarships & Grants
The University of Michigan-Flint offers scholarships for students participating in education abroad programs. Awards can be merit-based or
School of Management (SOM) Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is available for SOM degree-seeking students who are in good standing.

Graduate Dean Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is available for UM-Flint undergraduate and graduate students within any discipline. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to qualify.

Matthew Hilton Watson Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is available for UM-Flint undergraduate and graduate students within any discipline. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to qualify.

International and Global Studies Study Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship is available for UM-Flint students participation on IGS-sponsored faculty-led program.
Federal Scholarships
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Boren Award for International Study.
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.
Scholarships & Grants
There are other private and public organizations that may offer funding opportunities for you, depending on the country you are going to, as well as your nationality.
Many program providers also offer scholarships.
Start early. Ask for help. Seek multiple resources.
Bon Voyage!
V. Returning Home
Expand your Career Options: MyWorld Abroad
Get Involved on Campus
Join Global Ambassador Program and become an Education Abroad Peer Adviser
Join or create multicultural student organization
Write for the M-Times for a local newspaper like the Flint Journal
Join the Peace Corps or Apply to be a Fulbright Scholar
Visit GoAbroad.umflint.edu to search programs!
San Ramon, Costa Rica
I. Personal Goals
II. Academics
III. Location
I. Benefits of Education Abroad
Academic Benefits
Topics in this Presentation
Earn credit towards your degree abroad
Why is it
education abroad
, and not study abroad?
Study abroad, "defined as academic study in another country for credits towards a degree."
Education abroad, which "encompasses a variety of international travel experiences, including study, work, internship, research, field work, and volunteer service."
More appropriate term for the kind of experiences students seek abroad
Next Step?
Outdated title for describing the types of experiences students seek.
Education Abroad
Skills for Success
This list of characteristics will help you assess your suitability for work in the international setting and assist you in preparing to live in a work environment. Self-knowledge is power in today’s job market. When you understand your skills and career objectives and have a professional self-assessment of your cross-cultural work skills you will be much more effective and focused when dealing with career recruiters.
What kind of unique experiences can education abroad offer you, often unavailable on campus?
Learning from and with students from different cultural, ethnic and national backgrounds
Honing cross-cultural communication skills
Perfecting a foreign language
Exposure to new ideas and philosophies
Today’s job market for graduating students is extremely competitive. You’re not only competing for jobs with students from your university or your country; you’re competing with students from across the world. An education abroad experience on your resume will distinguish you from your peers. Through your experiences you will develop qualities employers value, such as:
Willingness and readiness to adapt to new environments
Ability to look at a project or situation from different perspectives
Understanding diverse cultures
Self-confidence and an ability to take risks
Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds
General traits
: enjoyment of change, desire for challenge, having street smarts, sense of adventure, open mindedness, patience, and curiosity
Adaptation and coping skills
: emotional stability and ability to deal with personal stress, understanding of culture shock, receptivity, flexibility, humor, and self-knowledge
Work-effectiveness traits and skills abroad
: independence and self-discipline, training experience, resourcefulness, versatility in work, persistence, organizational and people skills, leadership, energy, a calm demeanor, project planning skills, writing skills, verbal communication skills, diligence and dedication, loyalty, diplomacy and tact, and a philosophical commitment to your field of work
Intercultural communication skills
: tolerance, sensitivity, listening and observing skills, nonverbal communication skills, and second language speaking skills
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