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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 consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information.

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

News and Scholarships

Fund for Education Abroad


    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, please click here and 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:


    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.

    David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships Program and 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


    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.


    Detroit Mercy Short Term Programs

    International Experiences Abroad

    Open to all students!

    Faculty-Led Programs

    International Business Experience in Barcelona, Spain | This program will not run in 2018

    An eight-day educational experience in Barcelona, Spain is available in international business. Enrollment in BUS 4940 or MBA 5940 is required. Please contact Professor Gregory Ulferts 313-993-1219 or for further information.

    International Business Experience in Costa Rica | End of Winter Term 2018

    An eight-day educational experience in Costa Rica is available in international business. Enrollment in BUS 4940 or MBA 5940 is required. Please contact Professor Gregory Ulferts 313-993-1219 or for further information.

    International Experience in Liberal Arts & Education in Havana, Cuba | Spring Break 2018

    CubaLearn about Cuba’s fascinating history and culture, restoration projects and community development programs in this nine-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 Detroit Mercy prior to departure; predeparture coursework is mandatory, as is travel to Cuba. While in Cuba, site lectures are delivered by Detroit Mercy 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)

    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

    International Nursing Experience in Cork, Dublin and Limerick, Ireland | Date to be announced for 2019

    DublinThis 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.

    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

    Conversation Partner program in Shanghai & Zhaoqing, China | July 2018

    This non-credit bearing program begins in Shanghai, China, where students from the Detroit area meet Chinese English-language learners from the Cambridge Summit Language School in Zhaoqing, China. After five days of programming in Shanghai, the groups depart together for a 2-week homestay in Zhaoqing, located in China’s picturesque southern province of Guangdong, China. During the day, students will facilitate conversations and assist in 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 Beijing are optional, at the students’ expense, while the programs in Shanghai and Zhaoqing are covered by the language school.  Program participants pay 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. This trip is scheduled to run early to mid July 2017. Contact Lara Wasner at 313-993-1191 or to inquire about approved courses this program year.


    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 2018

    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.

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