Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Cape Town, South Africa
- Program Terms: Spring and/or Summer
- Homepage: Click to visit
- Restrictions: UM applicants only
The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) partners South African-based non-profit organizations with teams of interdisciplinary graduate students from the University of Michigan. The objective of GIEP is to leverage appropriate technology and information management skills and tools to address a contemporary social concern.
Students will scope their projects in a Winter semester half-term course, then spend two months in Cape Town, South Africa working full-time to address their information challenge by partnering with an organization to adopt a user-centric, capacity-building solution.
Information sessions are offered on the following dates and times (all sessions are located in the UMSI Engagement Center, 777 N. University, above Panera):
Graduate students from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are eligible to apply. Projects require a range of skill sets and knowledge, so students from all programs are encouraged to participate and will have the opportunity to share novel experiences and expertise. Students selected for the program will work in multi-disciplinary groups of three to four and will primarily come from the School of Information, the sponsoring academic unit.
SI 688: Students will receive six (6) credits for pre-departure activities and the in-country experience through enrollment in SI 688: Global Information Engagement Program, in the Winter term. Enrollment in the course for six credits is required (it is not possible to enroll in fewer than six credits). Students will receive a "Y" on their transcript until course completion in July 2019. Grading will be Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Graduating students are allowed and encouraged to enroll; official graduation for graduating students will be in August 2019. Graduating international students who have completed the minimum UMSI internship requirement of six credits and all other course requirements are not eligible to participate.
Winter 2019 SI 688 Course Schedule: Thursdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in North Quad (note that this is a half-term course that begins meeting in March after U-M's spring break).
Language of instruction: English
2019 GIEP Projects:
There is no program fee for GIEP. The School of Information will provide international airfare, lodging in Cape Town, and support for in-country transportation and meals required for project success. If selected to participate, students will be expected to cover personal expenses such as personal travel, passport, visa, and immunization costs, if necessary. Students will also receive a modest in-country stipend of around $850 to cover other out-of-pocket necessities.
Students are required to possess a valid passport to participate in the program that does not expire in 2019 and has two blank pages. The School of Information will assist in the obtainment of entry/exit requirements; however, all students may be required to go to Chicago (or another South African Consulate) to obtain a visa. The official embassy of your destination country, based on the nationality of your passport, determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. Students are required to provide the necessary information in a timely manner as requested in order to ensure participation.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the US Department of State just for students.
Program design and capacity allows for approximately 15-18 University of Michigan graduate students primarily from the School of Information to travel to South Africa. Graduate students from all areas of the university are encouraged to apply to round out skill sets. Student teams will be matched to projects based on application, skill set, and interest. The application process is competitive and there are no guarantees for acceptance into the program.
Students will be housed in loft-style shared apartments in Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa. Each student will have their own room, but share common spaces such as kitchen and living room. Note that in order to include a greater number of students in the program, students may be asked to share larger rooms.
Students interested in learning more about this program can sign up for updates on the GIEP Interest Form.
Jill Coughlin, UMSI Intercultural and Global Engagement Program Manager
Email: email@example.com | Phone: 734-647-8799
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring and/or Summer||2019||01/27/2019 **||Rolling Admission||05/07/2019||06/29/2019|
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