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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1st Year (Freshman), 2nd Year (Sophomore), 3rd Year (Junior), 4th Year + (Senior) Experience Type: Study/Education, Volunteer/Community Service
Program Description:
University of Michigan Semester in Detroit

LSA: Semester in Detroit


The Semester in Detroit mission is to engage U-M undergraduates in substantive, sustained and reciprocal relationships with the people and communities of the City of Detroit. Combining a semester-long residence in the city with rigorous academic study and a comprehensive community-based internship, SiD students become deeply involved in – and committed to – the life, challenges, and promise of this important American city.


The Semester in Detroit program accepts undergraduate students from all schools and departments at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Completion of the fall program plus one additional required course will meet the requirements for a minor in Urban Studies through the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the UM-Ann Arbor campus. Spring students are required to take 2-3 additional courses to complete the Urban Studies minor.

The most successful program participants typically have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA [Note: those with less than a 3.0 GPA are still eligible to apply but must explain their particular situation.] Applicants should have a strong interest in the city of Detroit and in community-service learning.


The credits you earn in Semester in Detroit count towards the LSA Minor in Urban Studies -- which requires you to enroll in at least five classes for a total of at least 16 credit hours.

If participating in the fall program, one additional core course on the Ann Arbor campus is required (either RCSSCI 330 or UP 424) for the Urban Studies minor; spring students will have to take two additional courses on the Ann Arbor campus to fulfill the minor requirements (including one of the two core courses previously mentioned). Previous SiD students from the winter programs have taken classes like AmCult 301 (“Detroit Politics and Community Organizing”) and History 364 (“History of Suburbia”) to complete the minor.

To learn more about how Semester in Detroit fulfills the requirements of the Urban Studies minor, visit the LSA Urban Studies webpage.


Using information gathered from student surveys and historical costs, a sample budget is available on the LSA website.  Although standard U of M tuition rates apply to the Semester in Detroit program, students may find that the expenses of living in the city differ from those in Ann Arbor. Some SID students report spending less than they would in on campus, due to the comparatively low cost of living and free events, while others find that they spend a lot as they explore a new city. As a program, we at Semester in Detroit do everything we can to ensure that cost will not be a barrier to participating for any of our students.  If you would like to be considered for SID scholarships, please be sure to fill out the final financial need question on the application form. 

Application Procedures

To apply, fill out the MCompass required forms and documents. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 program from students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn and Grand Valley State University. Only 25 students will be accepted into the program each semester. When the program becomes full, a wait list will be used based on the order by which students applied and were accepted into the program. As we accept students on a rolling basis, there is an advantage to applying early.


Living in Detroit and becoming a temporary resident is a pivotal aspect of Semester in Detroit. By putting down roots for a semester, students become more deeply invested in ways that don’t happen when they commute in and out of the city.

SID provides reasonably-priced housing options for students to choose from in the Cass Corridor and nearby neighborhoods.  Previous housing options have ranged from 6-10 SID students sharing furnished apartments in the Cass Corridor and Woodbridge neighborhoods to 2-4 students sharing unfurnished apartments at Wayne State's University Towers. Details on housing options will be discussed in the post-application interview. 

Need to Know

Internship Overview

Each U-M student accepted into the program works closely with the Associate Director to choose a compelling and challenging internship opportunity with a Detroit-based organization (non-profit, museum, school, small business, elected official, and more). Each year, more than 50 such organizations apply to host U-M students. During the program, students earn academic credit for working 16 hours per week at their internship site (200 hours during winter/250 hours during spring/summer) on a specific project designed by the organization. In addition to the internship credit, SID students also enroll in a required internship reflection seminar taught by Associate Director, Craig Regester.

Community Engagement

Students accepted into Semester in Detroit choose internships from an array of Detroit community and cultural organizations. The interactive selection process is guided primarily by the student’s interests and the community’s agenda. Successful student applicants play an active role in choosing from among substantive community projects (not simply miscellaneous tasks) where they spend 16-32 hours per week throughout the semester.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Craig Regester SiD Associate Director
3663 Woodward Ave., Ste. 150
Detroit, MI 48201
(p) 313-505-5185
(f) 313-831-2016

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring and/or Summer 2019 01/09/2019 02/01/2019 05/06/2019 07/31/2019
NOTE: *Priority deadline for spring/summer applications is December 1st. If you submit your application before this deadline, you will know your participation status prior to the end of fall term on December 21.*
Fall 2019 03/31/2019 04/26/2019 08/26/2019 12/13/2019
NOTE: *Priority deadline for fall applications is February 28th. If you submit your application before this deadline, you will know your participation status prior to final application deadline of March 31st.*