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:

Ross Global Courses Canvas Sites

Ross Global Semester Exchange - Program & Partner School Details Canvas Site

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.

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 Davidson Winter Garden throughout the academic year, 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.

Regular Advising (Sept-April):

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

E-mail Global Education Advisors with your questions at 

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.

Summer Advising (May-Aug):

By appointment only; schedule an in-person, Skype, or phone appointment through iMpact. 

Meet Your Global Education Advisors

Ayesha at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Jinhae, South Korea

Ayesha Usmani

Ayesha received her bachelor's degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. After graduating, she worked with the Registrar's Office in the Ross School of Business. Ayesha then pursued her master's degree in Global Affairs & Policy at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. There she joined the editing team of the Yonsei Journal of International Studies and served as its Editor in Chief during her final semester. Ayesha joined the Global Initiatives team at Ross in 2017 and loves being back in Ann Arbor. In her free time, she enjoys trying new desserts, watching Korean dramas, and going to cafes.

Ayesha advises for programs and partner institutions located in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

Charlie exploring the Royal Palace of AmsterdamCharlie Polinko 

Charlie earned his BA in International Studies from Bowling Green State University where he spent an academic year abroad in Salzburg, Austria. Charlie holds an MA in Global Interactions from Cleveland State University. Charlie joined the Ross Global Initiatives team in 2018 after three years managing global youth education programs at the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. As a Cleveland native, Charlie loves to cheer on his Browns and his hobbies include Netflix and puppies.

Charlie advises for programs and partner institutions located in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, Poland, and Switzerland.

Katie Wiggins 

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. 

Katie advises for programs and partner institutions located in Argentina, Nicaragua, Spain, Jamaica, and India.

Zach Tobin 

Zach holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. He has held several university and international education positions at the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon. Most recently, Zach was Assistant Director for Education Abroad at Northern Arizona University. A native Seattleite, Zach enjoys traveling to cities and countries off the beaten path, long walks while listening to podcasts, and watching basketball with his 2-year-old daughter.

Zach advises for programs and partner institutions located in Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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.