Before you apply for a global experience, you should take the time to discuss and decide which opportunities best suit your goals and interests, academic plans, and budget.

1. Explore and Compare International Opportunities

Check out the Ross program listing on M-Compass to explore all available Ross global opportunities. Or, use the search function on M-Compass to look for other U-M international programs.

For the inside scoop on all Ross programs, including past program participant feedback, itineraries, and travel tips, check out the following Canvas sites:

2. Attend an Information Session

Mark your calendar and attend a Ross global event this semester!  For a complete list of upcoming events and info sessions, visit the 'Events' section at the bottom of the Undergraduate Opportunities webpage.  By attending an info session, you’ll learn more about Ross global programs, including application requirements, funding options, and past student experiences.

Winter 2018 Ross Global Events & Info Session Flyer

3. Meet with a Ross Global Peer Advisor

Ross Global Peer Advisors are students who have previously participated in Ross global programs. Peer Advisors offer helpful advice and share their own study abroad experiences. Feel free to visit their table next to the staircase in the Winter Garden (the main common area at Ross) throughout the semester Monday through Thursday from 10am to 5pm. 


4. Connect with a Global Education Advisor

Meet with a Global Education Advisor to determine which global experiences best suit your individual goals and interests.

Summer Advising (May - AUGUST):

By appointment only; send an e-mail with your availability and contact details to to schedule an in-person or phone appointment. 


​The Global Initiatives office is located in Kresge Hall (700 E. University Ave.), 3rd Flr West, Rm K3510.  

  • Drop-In Advising Hours: Stop by our office during weekly drop-in hours if you have general questions.
    • Tuesdays, 10a.m. – Noon
    • Wednesdays, 1 – 3p.m.
  • Appointments: Book an appointment with a Global Education Advisor based on your program or location of interest:
    • Schedule an appointment with Jackie Smith if you would like to discuss the Global Practicum Course in Brazil; Global Immersion Course in China; or your Global Semester Exchange partner school options in China, Hong Kong, Germany, Israel, Singapore, or Thailand. 
    • Schedule an appointment with Melissa Vert if you would like to discuss the Global Practicum Course in Croatia; Global  Study & Intern Programs in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, or New Zealand; the Global Immersion Course in India; or your Global Semester Exchange partner school options in France, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, or Switzerland. ​
    • Schedule an appointment with Katie Wiggins if you would like to discuss the Global Immersion Course in Tanzania;  Global Service Learning Program in Nicaragua;  or your Global Semester Exchange partner school options in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, or the United Kingdom. 
meet your global education advisors 

Melissa Vert

Melissa is the Global Education Advisor for Australia, Austria, India, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. She also advises the Australia/New Zealand and Singapore/Hong Kong BBA Internship Program, the India BBA Short-Term Program, and the Austria Weekend MBA Program. Melissa is originally from northern California, and received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis in Economics and Japanese. After graduating, she taught English for two years on the JET program, in Osaka, Japan. Melissa earned her master's degree in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and subsequently worked in the Evaluation Department of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Melissa has experience living in Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, and India. Melissa joined Global Initiatives at the Ross Business School in 2014, and has fallen in love with Michigan and Ann Arbor. When she's not advising, she enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and Broadway musicals.


Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith is currently a Global Education Advisor in the Global Initiatives Office at the Ross School of Business. Jackie advises for semester exchange and short term programs in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Germany, and Israel. Prior to her work at Ross, Jackie worked as the Global Experiences Coordinator in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University. In her role she worked closely with students in both a career counseling and study abroad advising capacity. She also worked in recruiting and leadership development at Urban Science; a Detroit based software consulting firm, and was part of the inaugural class of Challenge Detroit, a one year urban revitalization fellowship. Jackie holds a Master of Arts in Social Science, Global Studies from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a BA in German Language and Literature, and a BA in International and Comparative Politics from Western Michigan University. Jackie has studied abroad in Germany, Italy, South Africa and Thailand. She has also taught English in South Korea and interned in both Germany, and Switzerland. 

Katie Wiggins 


Katie is a Global Education Advisor for the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  She also advises for the Tanzania, South Africa, and Nicaragua short-term programs.  Katie graduated with a degree in Spanish for secondary education and moved to Seville, Spain, where she worked as a student development coordinator for three years with the Semester in Spain program.  She returned to the US and served as a study abroad advisor at Ramapo College of New Jersey for two years while completing her master's degree in Counseling for Student Development Administration.  Katie joined the Global Initiatives team at Ross in 2016 and loves being back in her native Michigan.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and Australian Shepherd pup outdoors, cooking and baking, Netflix documentaries, and playing the ukulele


5. Plan with Your Academic Advisor

Before you apply for any international program, you should speak with your academic advisor to review your degree progress and determine how your international experience will fit into your overall plan. Visit your academic department’s office during drop-in advising hours or schedule an appointment with your advisor.


6. Research Funding and Financial Aid Options

Don't let financial concerns interfere with a priceless opportunity. Michigan Ross and U-M offer a number of funding resources for global experiences. Explore the options below and consult M-Compass fo funding application deadlines. 

  • Global Initiatives Participant Funding Awards: Undergraduates who participate in Global Initiatives courses and programs can apply for limited funding by completing the optional funding questionnaire within their M-Compass program application
  • Ross Global Experience Awards: Ross BBA, Pre-Admit, and Minor in Business students who plan to participate in any non-Ross international program can apply for this limited scholarship to offset the costs of their overseas experience. For more information, visit the Global Experience Award  webpage on M-Compass. 

University-Wide & External Funding Resources

In addition, many funding resources are available through the greater University and externally. Students must be proactive in seeking these resources and research the application deadlines in advance. Visit the following websites to begin your search: 

Financial Aid: Students should speak with a U-M Financial Aid Advisor to determine their individual eligibility and options for study abroad scholarships, loans, and more.