- Myth: I can’t afford study abroad.
Fact: -In terms of cost, studying abroad is often comparable to studying at UM.
-UM financial aid, including most loans and scholarships, still applies.
-UM offers some scholarships specifically for study abroad.
-National and international scholarships are available for students in all majors and minors.
- Myth: I need to learn or speak a foreign language to study abroad.
Fact: Though UM does offer many programs in foreign languages, most locations also have programs that are taught in English.
- Myth: I have to go to Australia, New Zealand, of the UK if I want to study in English.
Fact: -You do not need to study in a country where English is a native language to do a program in English.
-Many schools across the world have English programs and offer introductory courses in the native language.
- Myth: My credits won’t transfer. I won’t graduate on time.
Fact: -Credit received studying abroad can transfer back to UM and can count towards graduation.
-Credits received studying abroad can count as general education requirements. Check with your department for more information.
-Studying abroad can count for credits in the Honors College.
- Myth: Studying abroad won’t help my career.
Fact: -In today’s world, international experience is helpful for any career path.
-Studying abroad can help expand your worldview and give you unique perspective.
-Learn how to adapt to new environments and experiences.
- Myth: Studying abroad isn’t safe.
Fact: -UM have built close relationships with its partner universities.
-UM provides a comprehensive pre-departure orientation in which we go over health and safety issues.
-Many host countries provide exchange students with a form of national health insurance.
- Myth: I’m going to be alone in a foreign country. I’ll lose contact with my friend from home. / I can’t study abroad because I’m in a committed relationship.
Fact: -Programs like Skype make it easy to stay in contact with friends and family.
-Host institutions have trips and fun programs for international students.
-You can make friends from all over the world!
- Myth: It’s hard to get in. I won’t get accepted.
Fact: -GPA requirement for partner universities: 2.8.
-GPA requirement for ISEP: 2.75.
-Must have sophomore standing at the time you study abroad.
-It’s easy to study abroad as long as you submit an application and meet these requirements.