Studying abroad is a life-changing opportunity for Ilitch School students. Each our faculty-led programs exposes you to new cultures, cuisine, language and locations, all serving to expand your appreciation and knowledge of the destination you selected. Just as importantly, you will learn about international business practices from our network of corporate friends based in the international cities you'll visit and who will guide you through their plants and offices on observational tours. If you have questions about the travel portion of the program, please contact Margaret Ogg, program manager, Study Abroad & Global Programs.
Each program lasts between 11 and 13 days, with the exception of China, which can be experienced in two parts for a total of 30 days.
All Mike Ilitch School of Business graduate and undergraduate students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for a study abroad program. Graduate students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, and undergraduate students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA. Students may participate in one program per academic year.
Other WSU graduate or undergraduate students may apply to register for a study abroad course in business, but are not eligible for Ilitch School program stipends or scholarships. Students from other WSU degree programs are strongly advised to meet with their program advisor before applying.
Graduate students in the Ilitch School's M.B.A. program may have an Ilitch School faculty-led study abroad course apply toward either their concentration or elective credit hours. Interested students should contact both Margaret Ogg, program manager, Study Abroad & Global Programs, and their Ilitch School academic advisor to review how the study abroad program would apply toward their degree and to begin the faculty-led application process.
Additionally, a student may choose to apply for a study abroad program for personal enrichment but should be aware that any credit hours awarded for completed course(s) will not be applied toward their graduate degree program and they will continue to be responsible for the associated tuition.
For specific information about how a faculty-led program would affect your academic plan, please consult with your Ilitch School academic advisor.
Undergraduate students majoring in global supply chain management, marketing, information systems management and management may be able to count the study abroad course toward their major elective, while other undergraduate students may apply the course toward remaining Free Elective credit. Additionally, a student may choose to apply for a study abroad program for personal enrichment. However, though three credit hours will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, they will not be applied toward their degree program and the student will continue to be responsible for the associated tuition.
The first step: Meeting with your Ilitch School academic advisor
Meet with your advisor at least one term prior to the start of the study abroad program that you wish to take. By doing so you will be able to determine how it may apply toward your degree requirements.
Following your academic advising meeting, you will need to apply to WSU's Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs. Once your application is received and reviewed, you will be invited to interview with the program manager of WSU's Study Abroad & Global Programs, the course instructor, and director of international and study abroad programs for the Mike Ilitch School of Business.
Study abroad checklist
- Meet with academic advisor
- Apply online for trip at Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs
- Meet with instructor, program manager and director of International and Study Abroad Programs for trip interview
- Receive decision
- Accepted students will receive an email notification of approval to register
For more information on Ilitch School how faculty-led programs may be applied toward your degree requirements, contact Director of International and Study Abroad Programs Louise Moceri.
For general study abroad information, visit the Wayne State University Office of Study Abroad & Global Programs website.