Support for PICS Degree Students
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 U-M 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). 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.
You may download the funding application form here and submit it in person or via e-mail at any point after you have registered for your study abroad program. Please note that PICS funds are limited and the funding is not guaranteed.
As a recipient of a CICS study abroad grant during the summer of 2008, international studies minor Sheila Daniels, from Brighton, Michigan, lived and took classes at the Villa Corsi-Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy. She studied art history, architecture, and Italian culture.
With a 2007-08 academic year study abroad grant, international studies minor Yifeng Zhao enrolled in the Peking University School of International Studies. Yifeng, who hails from Hamden, Connecticut, has a strong interest in U.S.-China relations and had previously studied international relations and international law.