Support (IS) Majors/Minors
The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) encourages International Studies degree students, both majors and minors, to study abroad. PICS provides financial assistance to a limited number of students enrolled in the international studies program and registered for an approved study abroad program, either during the academic year or during the spring and/or summer terms. An approved program is defined as one organized by the U-M's Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) or one pre-approved by a PICS advisor. PICS funds may be used for travel, living expenses, or to offset the cost of tuition.
For a full academic year study abroad (Fall and Winter) students receive $2,000; for one semester study abroad (Fall or Winter ) students receive $1,000; and for Spring or Summer study abroad students receive $500.
The PICS Study Abroad Fellowship Application is now available in MCompass. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that PICS funds are limited and the funding is not guaranteed.
Joel Adu-Brimpong spent his summer in Amsterdam and Berlin, focused on social justice issues, with the CGIS-GCC Germany, Netherlands—International Community Organizing program. He was able to see first-hand how various policies (and the values and ideologies embedded in them) have real and differing social impacts. “None of it would have been possible without the generous grant from PICS,” he says. “The reward is not only in its monetary value, but also in the priceless experiences of a new place, new culture, and new opportunities to learn and serve.”
The PICS Summer Research and Internship grant helped Megan Cansfield complete a ten-week internship with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China. Her internship was within the consular section of the Guangzhou Consulate, and involved splitting her time between two sub-sections for five weeks each: the Immigrant Visas section and the Fraud Prevention Unit. “As the first professional role in my field of international relations and my first direct experience with intended future employer, this internship provided a multitude of beneficial opportunities that have facilitated significant personal and professional growth.” Megan’s PICS Summer Fellowship was possible by the generous support from Ms. Shelley X. Zhu.
Amanda Allen studied in Paris, France, through the University of Michigan program Photographing Paris. Thanks to the PICS study abroad grant, she was able to attend with less of a financial burden. Amanda studied French language and culture through the Paris College of Art, as well as a class on photography with Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer, and U-M associate professor, David Turnley. “I learned how to be confident in my actions and in my purpose, resulting in a great documentation of life in Paris.”
Daniel Sack worked in collaboration with St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College to conduct a two-pronged investigation into family planning policy in Ethiopia. His experiences taught him how to conduct global health research—specifically, how to conduct research on a sensitive topic in a previously unknown cultural environment. “I have made connections that allow me to continue my fieldwork in Ethiopia, if desired, and the tools to interact with physicians and public health specialists in other regions.” Daniel’s PICS Summer Fellowship was made possible by the generous support from the Amy Rose Silverman Fund. He is also IIIF 2015 Fellow.