Study Abroad Programs

Nothing sharpens your understanding of the world quite like studying abroad.

UDM Study 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 consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information.

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Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities (AJCU) Shared Programs

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

UDM Semester Study Programs

UDM Short Term Programs - International Experiences Abroad

AJCU Shared Programs

Being a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has universal benefits! UDM 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, visit

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. - See more at:

UDM Semester Study Programs

VolterraVolterra, Italy Summer Program

The 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 km (43 miles), Siena 50 km (30 miles), Pisa 64 km (38 miles), S.Gimignano 29 km (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 3000 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).

VolterraStudents take 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.

WarsawSchool of Architecture Technical University of Warsaw, Poland

Academic exchange program
The academic exchange program with the Technical University of Warsaw in Poland involves the annual exchange of ten-twelve 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.

UDM Short Term Programs

International Experiences Abroad
The following UDM programs are led by UDM faculty and offer shorter-term experiences. Coursework is required on campus prior to departure. All credits are issued through UDM. UDM students, alumni, and adults over the age of 18 may apply to participate in these programs. Courses offered may vary depending on the program’s focus.

International Business Experience in Barcelona, Spain
This program will not run in 2016

Eight-day educational experience in international business. Enrollment in BUS 4940 or MBA 5940 is required. Please contact Prof. Gregory Ulferts 313-993-1219 or for further information.

International Business Experience in Dublin, Ireland
End of Winter Term 2016

Take a three-credit course in either BUS 4940 or MBA 5940 and travel to Dublin, Ireland at the conclusion of winter term. Winter registration is required (If you are graduating in May, there is no problem. If insufficient enrollment, class will be cancelled.) For more information or to enroll, contact Prof. Gregory Ulferts at or Terry Howard at

International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai, China | Early to Mid July 2017

During this 10-12 day arts, culture, and educational tour, explore the impact of China's megacities on culture, education, and society today. Visit historical landmarks (the Great Wall & Forbidden City in Beijing, the Museum of the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an, the financial district in Shanghai). Behold the breathtaking land and waterscapes in Guilin, and learn about the impact of rapid modernization on China's institutions, infrastructure, family life, communities, and institutions. Students who enroll in this program are required to travel to China, where we apply key cultural, educational and/or social theories. UDM faculty in Education, History, Sociology & Social Work deliver lectures both on UDM's campus and in China. Predeparture sessions on UDM's main campus are mandatory, as is travel to China. Site lectures are also delivered by UDM faculty while in China. This trip is scheduled to run early to mid July 2017. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or or Sarah Stever at to inquire about approved courses this program year.


International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in Havana, Cuba | Spring Break 2016

Learn about Cuba’s fascinating history and culture, restoration projects and community development programs in this 9-day intensive program. Visit the Cuba Literacy Center to learn about the global impact of Cuba's literacy program; visit the MLK Center to dialogue with students and community leaders about social change strategies, issues related to race and poverty, food, security, and efforts to combat homophobia. Students who enroll in this program are required to travel to Cuba, where we apply Hofstede's Cultural Dimensions and other key educational and/or social constructs. Much of the coursework takes place at UDM prior to departure; predeparture coursework is mandatory, as is travel to Cuba. While in Cuba, site lectures are delivered by UDM faculty in conjunction with guest lecturers. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or to inquire about approved courses this program year.

International Experience in Architecture and/or Liberal Arts & Education in Volterra, Italy | Four weeks during summer term (May – June)

Dates 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.Volterra

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

International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in France
Spring Break 2017

Explore French history and culture first hand, while practicing your French language skills! Let Paris become your interactive classroom for 10 days, let museum studies abound. Learn about France's resistance to Fascism during the Second World War. Much of the coursework takes place at UDM prior to departure; all pre-departure courses are mandatory, as is travel to France. Site lectures in France are delivered by UDM faculty in conjunction with guest lecturers at museums such as the Louvre, Musee D'Orsey and Musee Cluny, and preservation sites observing key battles of the 20th century. Contact Lara Wasner at or 313-993-1191 for more information about the program and coursework. We look forward to traveling to Paris in 2017!

International Nursing Experience in Cork and Dublin, Ireland
Date to be announced - 2017

This 10-day experience in Ireland is offered to further enhance the course content of NUR 2040 at the end of the Winter semester. The IR component of NUR 2040 will significantly enrich students’ understanding of the role of Catherine McAuley in shaping the student experience and educational foundation of a graduate from the McAuley School of Nursing. Students who participate in the Dublin, Ireland Foreign Site Learning section of this course will be exposed to an international perspective of healthcare as it relates to the NUR 2040 objectives.

UDM 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. Students who participate in the NUR 2040 IR experience will be exposed 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. Students 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. While residing in Dublin for the duration of the experience, students will attend a tour and several classes at the University College of Dublin. 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 the NUR 2040 IR 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 Catherine Corrigan at or Andrea Kwasky at