UM-Flint Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Each year, UM-Flint faculty and staff lead study abroad programs to different regions around the world. Programs vary annually and encompass a variety of disciplines. 

  • Financial aid and scholarships apply
  • You receive direct UM-Flint credit for the program
  • Programs are typically 3 weeks or shorter
  • Programs generally take place during the spring or summer terms

Ideal for...

  • Students who want to travel with a UM-Flint group and UM-Flint faculty
  • Students who wish to have the experience of studying abroad and getting a taste of another culture but perhaps do not have the time, money, or resources to complete a traditional semester or year abroad

Yearly Program

2020 Study Abroad: Design Thinking in Japan
Application is closed for this study abroad

Join Dr. Greg Laurence, Associate Professor of Management, to gain firsthand knowledge about business, culture and the arts, and the processes involved in design thinking in Japan in an intense and affordable study abroad course. The trip is a 12-day program and will take place in Japan in Toyko, Okayama-shi, Kanazawa-shi, and Gifu-shi. 




Application Date

July 12 - July 23, 2020


Students enrolled in the Summer 2020 INT 394/594-INT course.

  • $3,675.50 (includes airfare, housing, health insurance, activities, ground transportation, and meals.)
  • $1,000 guaranteed scholarship for eligible students.
  • Students must also pay tuition for the course, (3 credits) financial aid may apply.

January 15, 2019 (+100.00 deposit)     




Great! Here are your next steps:

  1. Make sure you are aware of the application deadlines for the study abroad program:

    • Spring/Summer Program Deadline: December 15
  2. Visit M-Flint Worldlink and select a program. Complete the application.  

If you are approved, you will be contacted to pay a $100 deposit to the cashier's department.


For general questions about study abroad, contact the Education Abroad Office at


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Past Trips


Sites Visits: Taipei Stock Exchange, Giant Bicycles, ASUS, and HTC.

Student Experience: UM-Flint students met Tamkang University and National Taiwan Normal University students and sat in on lectures.


Sites Visits: Okinaya Sohonpo, a 6th Generation family-owned Japenese sweets maker, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ohmi-cho Fish Market, Textiles Plant, and Grand Sumo Tournament.

Student Experience: Students met locals from the mountain village of Hida-Osaka and visited with a local potter and stained glass artist to talk about how art related to entrepreneurship.


Sites Visits: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Summer Palace, HuTong tour on tricycles, NIO Auto Company, Local pharmaceutical company, and local markets.

Student Experience: Students traveled to different markets and were surprised to see how some brands were positioned differently in China as compared to the United States.