Study Abroad Programs

Nothing sharpens your understanding of the world quite like studying abroad

And given the increasingly global nature of business, education, science, art, and politics, international experiences provide you with the cultural competence that will serve you well in academics and in your career.

University of Detroit Mercy provides several contexts for study, including exchange programs, semester-long programs and short-term, faculty-led study programs.

Interested students should do the following when exploring these opportunities: 1) identify a program of interest and consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information; 2) contact the University's financial aid office to discuss resources for study abroad in their program of interest; 3) note what courses are offered and discuss the program of interest with your primary advisor to figure out whether and/or how credits will serve you toward graduation (if the program is offered for credit). 

U.S. State Department Study Abroad Resources and Scholarship Information

Studying abroad gives you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the 21st century. The U.S. State Department will not only help you discover study abroad opportunities offered by the U.S. government, but also help you discover programs offered by foreign governments around the world. 

The following links provide a host of resources for students and parents, and scholarship opportunities to explore.

Resources for Study Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad

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    AJCU Shared Programs

    Being a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has universal benefits. Detroit Mercy students may now apply to study for a semester in countries such as Belgium, China, Germany, the Philippines, South Africa and Vietnam.

    For the complete shared program list, click here.

    International Institutional Partnerships

    For more information about these institutional partners and study opportunities, please contact the program director associated with the program of interest: http://www.ajcunet.edu/intl-institutions-partnerships.

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    Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    More than 1,500 Americans receive grants to study, research or teach abroad with full or partial support from the Fulbright Program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad. In addition, Critical Language Enhancement Awards are available to grantees for study of critical need foreign languages before or during their grant period. For more information, please click here.
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    David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Program and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

    Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program.

    The David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Programs are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP). Boren awards provide funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad: Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

    To be eligible, your selected study program (1.) must be in one of these eligible world regions, (2.) must include intensive study in a less commonly taught language and (3.) must be enrolled in a study abroad program that runs six months or longer during fall and winter or eight weeks during summer term.

    Learn more at BorenAwards.org.

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    Detroit Mercy Semester Study Programs

    Volterra, Italy Summer Program

    Map of VolterraThe Volterra/Detroit program provides students with a global perspective of architecture. Although it is a more typical summer study program, it operates with the support of the Regional Government of Tuscany. The full semester of study in the hill-town of Volterra permits extensive interaction with the residents and provides a unique insight into their social, economic and political situation. Students live and work in our own private facility in Volterra, which makes the program very affordable.

    Volterra is one of the finest hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany, and is only a short distance from Florence 72 kilometers (43 miles), Siena 50 km (30 miles), Pisa 64 kilometers (38 miles), San Gimignano 29 kilometers (17 miles) and the Tyrrhenian coast. Volterra, 545 metres above sea level, dominates and divides the Cecina and Era valleys. The hill upon which the city stands has been continuously inhabited for more than 3,000 years. The city has significant architectural monuments dating from the fourth century BC, onward. The current image of the city is still defined by the medieval layout, with winding streets, and well preserved defensive walls. The walls offer dramatic views of the surrounding landscape, on a clear day reaching as far as Pisa, or even the island of Corsica (70 miles away).

    Students take a full academic load of 17 credits during the program: Design Studio, Alabaster Sculpture, Architectural Analysis, Intro to Italian Language, and History of Italian Art and Architecture. Alabaster sculpture class is taught by Veglio Grandoli at the local Art School. Students typically travel throughout Europe for about two weeks before or after the program, and three additional trips are organized during their stay in Volterra to Florence, Siena and Rome.

    School of Architecture Technical University of Warsaw, Poland

    Academic exchange program
    PolandThe academic exchange program with the Technical University of Warsaw in Poland involves the annual exchange of 10-12 students from each school for a term of study; classes are taken with professors from the visited school. The professor who is also exchanged teaches a design or visual communication studio to students from the host institution, as well as lectures about architectural issues in his or her home country. The program was designed to ensure the maximum impact in both schools, not only for the participants but for the student body at large. Since its initiation in 1980, more than 300 students from each school have participated in the exchange.

    International Exchange Program in France with ICAM, a Jesuit Engineering School

    Detroit Mercy engineering students have the opportunity to participate in an 8-week international Exchange Program with ICAM, a Jesuit Engineering School with multiple campuses in France. Locations include Lille, Nantes/Vannes, Toulouse & Paris. Their focus is engineering studies closely partnered with industrial companies.  This opportunity will count as a Detroit Mercy co-op. 

    Students must have completed at least one semester of French before participating (at Detroit Mercy or in high school).

    Tuition is covered, but students will have to fund their travel and housing.

    The program begins at the ICAM campus in Paris-Sénart.  It includes 4 weeks of classes, visits to local companies to illustrate the engineering issues studied in class, and French & intercultural communication classes to become better acquainted with European traditions, institutions and culture.  This is followed by 4 weeks shadowing an ICAM student in a company as an intern.

    Classes 

    * Intensive French language & Intercultural Communication Courses  Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced (40 hours) 

    * Technical Project  Taught in English (45 hours) - This project takes place in ICAM laboratories, with ICAM teachers.  Objectives: Teamwork Design & Fabrication; Project Management 

    Cultural and professional fieldtrips 

    * Cultural visits in the area 

    * Visits to western-European companies 

    Accommodations (housing fees apply)

    * First 4 weeks in Paris Sénart 

    Students will stay in ICAM residence halls during the week, and in the families of ICAM students during a weekend.

    * Second 4 weeks during the internship Students will work with ICAM International office to identify and stay with a host family

    CONTACT: Richard Hill at hillrc@udmercy.edu or Carolyn Rimle at rimlec@udmercy.edu.

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    Detroit Mercy Short Term Programs

    International Experiences Abroad

    Many short-term experiences abroad are open to enrolling students in programs outside of the disciplines, as well as alumni, and other guest students/participants. Please check with the program directors listed to ensure this is the case.

    Faculty-Led Programs (credit-based)

    International Business Experience - Costa Rica, Greece, or Spain - End of Winter Term

    An eight-day educational experience abroad is available in international business. Program locations (Costa Rica, Greece, or Spain -- and sometimes other locations) are selected as the internationally-based location(s) for travel at the end of winter term 2018-19.  Enrollment in BUS 4940 or MBA 5940 is required. Please contact Professor Gregory Ulferts 313-993-1219 or ulfertgw@udmercy.edu for further information about programming this academic year.

    International Experience in Community Development, Liberal Arts & Education in Havana, Cuba | Spring Break Educational and Humanitarian Visit 

    Cuba Visit Old Havana, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, while learning about arts, history, culture, community development and community health during this nine-ten day intensive program. Pre-departure coursework takes place at Detroit Mercy's main campus; travel to Cuba taking place during spring break. The program integrates Detroit Mercy's Master in Community Development HOPE framework, which intersects the human, organizational, physical, and economic aspects of community development. Coursework based in CLAE includes Spanish language and culture coursework. While in Cuba, we participate in a humanitarian program, that includes site visits to community centers, contact with the people of Cuba, and a cultural asset mapping project that immerses participants in a holistic educational experience. Accommodations are located in walkable Old Havana. Site visits include schools (including arts and restoration schools), museums, community organizations and arts centers, organic and tobacco farms, Ernest Hemingway's Finca Vigia estate, and health-based programs organized by Catholic charities, as well as the Cuban government. This program provides opportunities to dialogue with city planners, and interact with educators, organizational leaders and residents. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu to inquire about approved courses this program year. Ask about travel grants available for students enrolling in coursework associated with this program! Students, faculty, and alumni are welcome to join this program.

    International Experience in Architecture in Volterra, Italy | Four weeks during summer term (May-June)

    VolterraDates vary, depending on program year. The city of Volterra is an unspoiled medieval city in the Tuscan countryside that has rich resources for the study of history, art history, archaeology and the fine arts. Unlike the great tourist cities of Italy, Volterra is not overrun in the summer, and students have the opportunity to meet Italians and to be introduced to Italian life and culture. Beginning Italian is taught with an emphasis on conversation.

    All courses include visits to the museums and archeological sites in Volterra as well as in neighboring cities. A course is offered in the art history of the Etruscan, classical, medieval and Renaissance periods in Volterra, Tuscany and Italy. There are field trips to nearby Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. In addition, students have the opportunity for independent travel on weekends. The program opens with a trip to Venice, Padua and Vicenza. Since pre-Roman times, Volterra has been a center for sculpture. Students may take the sculpture studio; no previous fine arts experience is necessary.

    Courses include FA 2100: Art and Architecture in Italy, the study of art and architecture from ancient to modern times. Visits to museums, archeological sites and surrounding historic cities - Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano - are included. FA 3910: Alabaster Sculpture Studio introduces students to basic issues in the creation of sculpture. ITL 1150: Beginning Italian provides an introduction to the Italian language for everyday conversation. Students will be introduced to Italians who will participate in classes and with whom they may practice their language skills.

    For further information, contact Wladek Fuchs at fuchsw@udmercy.edu.

    Mercy Heritage Tour of Ireland: International Nursing Experience in Cork, Dublin and Limerick, Ireland | 10 days in June

    DublinThis 10-day experience in Ireland will significantly enrich participants’ understanding of the role of Catherine McAuley in shaping the student experience and educational foundation of a graduate from the McAuley School of Nursing. CHP faculty, student, and alumni participants will be exposed to an international perspective of healthcare as it relates to the college's objectives during this international experience, which takes travelers to Limerick - where we will stay at Mary Immaculate College (the only Mercy institution in Dublin), then travel to Cork before concluding our program in Dublin, Ireland.

    The aim of this internationally based experience is to enrich the classroom experience through cultural and spiritual immersion. Cultural immersion will be used to reinforce the Mercy-based values of Catherine McAuley while introducing students to the Irish social service, healthcare and academic environments.

    This experience will engage students in the life, work, and history of Catherine McAuley. Additionally, this experience will place emphasis on the meaning of a Mercy-Jesuit-value based education. This international experience includes a visit to the Mercy International Centre, the location of the first House of Mercy built by Catherine McAuley in response to the needs of the poor of Dublin. All will discover the story of Catherine McAuley by exploring Dublin and visiting many landmarks of importance in the life of Catherine and the history of the Sisters of Mercy. Students will also be immersed in the profession of nursing by touring a local hospital (Mater) and speaking with registered nurses and administrators. Students will be expected to provide service to the community by using their time and talents to serve others at a location identified by the Sisters of Mercy. Among various cultural experiences that will be provided to the students, the participants will attend Mass at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, travel to the McAuley School of Nursing in Cork and observe traditional Irish dance and music.

    Throughout this experience, students will examine and compare the cultural beliefs, values and health care practices of the Irish with those found in the United States, or more specifically, the metro Detroit area.

    For information, contact Sr. Judith Mouch at mouchj1@udmercy.edu or Andrea Kwasky at kwaskyan@udmercy.edu.

    NEW: International Experience in India | 14 days in May-June, 2021

    This will be a history journey to Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Delhi, and Agra, with local expert guides to take you deeper into the culture, past and present. With the journey, Dr. Diane Robinson-Dunn will offer a three- credit course on the history of the Indian Subcontinent with an emphasis on cultural encounters and exchanges.

    Dr. Diane Robinson-Dunn, robinsod@UDMercy.edu, 313-993-1107 OR

    Dr. Michael Maher, MMaher@SaintChristopherJourneys.com, 773-678-7935

    Internationally-based Experiences (not for credit)

    Conversation Partner program in Zhaoqing China, with pre-program tour of Beijing and Shanghai | 4 weeks in July-August

    This non-credit bearing program either begins with a brief two-day tour of Shanghai, China before students depart for the city of Zhaoqing in Southern China, where students from Detroit Mercy meet Chinese English-language learners from the Cambridge Summit Language School who will become their conversation partners during the four week program. During the stay in Zhaoqing, students from Detroit will facilitate conversations and assist teachers with planned programming at the nearby school. Students from Detroit can choose to stay in pairs or stay independently with selected families of teachers at the language school. Additional visits to Hong Kong and other nearby cities can be arranged at the students’ expense, while the pre-program tour and stay in Zhaoqing are covered by the language school. Program participants pay minimal expenses: airfare, insurance, incidental costs for this program where they explore Chinese history, arts, culture, and life in China’s megacities, learning about the impact of rapid modernization on China's institutions, infrastructure, family life, communities, and institutions. Pre-departure sessions are mandatory and include cultural themes and educational insights. Students can arrange a departure flight out of Shanghai, Hong Kong, or Beijing, and choose to stay for an optional tour on their own (and at their own expense) before returning to the US.  Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or wasnerle@udmercy.edu to inquire about this program.

    Med LifeNEW! Medlife Mission Trip to Lima, Peru l December, post-semester, weeklong program.

    MEDLIFE stands for Medicine, Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. We partner with low-income communities in Latin America and Africa to improve their access to quality healthcare, education and a safe home. We work to understand the root causes posed by poverty and create sustainable, quality solutions.

    For the first time, MEDLIFE has been brought to University of Detroit Mercy. During the winter break, our members will attend a mobile medical clinic in Lima, Peru. This mission trip will include helping Peruvians who lack access to basic needs.

    Register to be a MEDLIFE member.

    Contact information
    Hyder Mirza: mirzahi@udmercy.edu

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    University Ministry International Service Experience (ISE)

    Students in all disciplines have an opportunity to engage in experiences of transformative Jesuit and Mercy education outside of the classroom. These opportunities can include manual labor, cultural learning, relationship building, and daily prayer and reflection. At the conclusion of winter semester finals, students travel to El Salvador with staff from campus ministry, faculty and other students.

    El Salvador, Central America – Immersion, Immigration, Rural Poverty | Early May

    As Jesuit Fr. Dean Brackley would describe El Salvador, “ First it will break your heart, then you fall in love, then you’re ruined for life. The history of El Salvador is a painful memory still lived very much in the present. The people of El Salvador still struggle to heal emotionally from a devastating civil war in the 1980s and continue to struggle in the midst of globalization.

    Learn more from Campus Ministry.