MBA Outgoing Exchange

Pre-Application Steps

While students won’t be able to apply for semester exchange until the winter semester of their first year in the MBA program, Ross Global Initiatives encourages students to begin their research early so that they can make the best decision for their individual goals. Some of the actions that students can take prior to applying are:

  • Researching partner schools that may be a good fit for their interests.
  • Meeting with a Global Education Advisor to learn more about specific programs offered by partner schools.
  • Meeting with their academic and financial aid advisors to see how a semester exchange program during the winter semester or Winter A term of their second year in the MBA program might impact their academic or financial situations.
  • Meeting with current visiting exchange students to learn more about their home institutions.

Application/Placement Process

The application for semester exchange is released during the winter semester and is evaluated based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to participation in an information session, participation in a global/cultural event, meeting with a Ross Academic Advisor, and a personal reflection essay. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the information sessions to gain a better understanding of the semester exchange program and important steps in the application and commitment process. Decisions are released in the early summer, allowing students ample time to plan for their global experience the following winter. 

To apply for a semester exchange program, students will create an application to the Ross Global MBA Semester Exchange Program within M-Compass

Within the application process, students will have the opportunity to rank several partner schools that they are interested in attending.

During the application review process, students are then matched to their highest ranked school that has an opening. Students will matched in order of high scores. Students are only considered for the programs that they rank and are never placed in a program that they did not rank and will only be matched to one school. Students may choose to decline their offer and go on the waitlist. Students who do not receive an initial match will have the opportunity to rerank and expand their preferred program. Students will be considered in subsequent waitlist rounds. In each application cycle, there are typically two to three waitlist rounds. Students will be notified when it is the final round. 

More information on this process, including how many schools a student can rank, will be made available during information sessions.

Next Steps After Receiving Placement

Students will receive an email offer letter notifying them of their placement. 

To accept their offer:

Students must log into MCompass to accept their application. Their status will be listed as “accepted.” They must click on the button to “Commit.”  

To decline and join the waitlist:

Students will need to log-in to M-Compass and click the “decline” button. In their reasoning for declining the offer, students should indicate that they would like to join the waitlist.

Students must also complete the waitlist form to rerank their school choices. If students do not submit a new waitlist form, they will not be placed again and will be withdrawn from the program. 

To Decline and withdraw:

To decline their offer and withdraw from the program altogether, students must log-in to MCompass click the “decline” button. 

In their reason for declining the offer, students should indicate that they would not like to be placed again and you are withdrawing from the program.

Once students  have confirmed their acceptance to their semester exchange placement

Ross Global Initiatives will nominate the student to their host institution. Once this process is completed, the host school will begin to contact the student directly in order to support their semester exchange experience. Communication with the host institution typically begins in the Fall semester prior to going abroad. 

Please note! All programs will require a valid passport. Students should apply immediately if they do not have one yet. Many programs will require a Student or Tourist Visa. You can learn more by visiting Visa Information at UM.


Semester exchanges offer Ross students the chance to earn business elective credits that can be applied towards their graduation requirements.

Students are advised to connect with their Ross Academic Advisor to discuss their plan. 

If a student participates in a semester exchange, their enrollment at the University of Michigan is not impacted and they are continuously enrolled throughout their time abroad.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid: Students may apply for financial aid or a loan increase to help offset the costs of this academic experience and should speak with a U-M Financial Aid Advisor to determine coverage and eligibility.  

Additional U-M Funding Resources: The University has several resources for students who need help funding their study abroad experience; however, students must be proactive in seeking these resources and apply as early as possible. Go to the U-M Study Abroad Funding Resources webpage to begin your search. 

Funding Resources Outside of the University: There are also funding opportunities available beyond the University of Michigan. Again, students must research the deadlines and apply for these scholarships early. Go to the External Funding for Study Abroad webpage for more information

Nataki H Goodall Compass Award: Current MBA students who are members of both Michigan Business Women (MBW) and the Black Business Association can apply for a limited $1,000 scholarship towards study abroad. The application for this award will be available in your MBA Semester Exchange Program application.

Visa resources/Canvas page

Students may be required to apply for a visa in order to participate in a program of study at their host institution. More information about the visa process can be found by viewing the Visa Acquisition guide on Canvas.