Short-term Programs

What are short term programs?

Short-term global experiences are generally 1-3 weeks in duration and can be taught by either Ross faculty or faculty from one of our partner institutions.

Short-term global experiences taught by Ross faculty offer students the opportunity to earn business elective credit. These courses are taken alongside other courses at Ross and travel generally coincides with an academic break at the end of the course (i.e., Spring Break, Summer Break). These programs have pre-departure sessions in Ann Arbor in addition to the in-country experience which consists of lectures, company visits, and cultural experiences. Travel may include multiple destinations.

Similar to short-term global courses taught by Ross faculty, short-term global experiences taught by faculty at a partner institution provide business elective credit. However, they differ in a few key ways. Instruction is generally consolidated into the 1-2 weeks of the program and are based in one location which allows for a deeply immersive experience in that area. Generally, these programs are open to other students from across the globe so you would be learning alongside other U.S.-based business school and international students. 

Short term program offerings also change each year depending on faculty availability, student interest, and health and safety considerations.

How to Apply/Where Can I Go?

Short term applications open the Fall semester before travel occurs and application decisions are released in early December.

Although there are multiple short term program offerings, students will submit one application in M-Compass based on their class level:

Ross: Undergraduate Short-term Global Experience 

Please note that OYM students are eligible for some of our BBA programs, so you are encouraged to research all options.

Ross: Graduate Short-term Global Experience

Application/Placement Process

Similar to the Ross Semester Exchange application, the Ross Short Term Program application uses a point system to score applications. The scoring rubric is not shared with students. See below for how points are allocated:

Undergraduate short term applicants can receive up to 10 points

  • Essay: up to 5 points
  • GPA: up to 4 points
  • RGI advising appointment: 1 point

Graduate short term applicants can receive up to 6 points

  • Essay: up to 5 points
  • RGI advising appointment: 1 point

Applicants are encouraged to focus heavily on their essay as that is a big component of their score. The essay question will be posted on M-Compass before the application opens which is designed to give students ample time to submit quality work.

In the application, students will select the short term program they are applying for and indicate if they would be interested in being considered for placement in others.

In the event that a program is full and a student is not placed in their first choice program, they will either go on the waitlist or be placed in another program if they indicated interest in other programs.

Placements will be based on the applicant’s total score and the order that students indicate interest for each program in the initial application–these rankings are not able to be changed and will stay the same throughout the application process. 

Throughout the placement process, students will receive regular updates regarding their application status and are encouraged to read all communications thoroughly and follow instructions promptly.

Next Steps After Receiving Placement

After students are placed in a program, students will receive regular communication from Ross Global Initiatives regarding how to register for the course and additional details about the course and travel.


All Ross Global Initiatives short term programs are 3 credits and count towards business elective credit.

Grades earned in short-term faculty-led global experiences impact a student’s GPA like any other on-campus course.

Grades earned in short term partner school programs will be reflected on a students transcript in accordance with the Ross Grading Scales and Distribution policy.

Financial Aid/Funding

BBA students are eligible to apply for funding during the application process. MBA students and non-Ross students are not eligible for Ross Global Initiatives funding.

The funding application is a separate application and part of the overall application process in M-Compass. Students will need to articulate financial need and how they plan to use the funds.

Funding will be allocated based on need and program location.

Funding is tied to the program location in which a student is placed. If a student declines their offer, their funding will be rescinded. 

Link to visa resources/Canvas page

It is possible that you may need a visa to participate in the short term program. As a reminder, it is your responsibility to obtain a visa if you need it. You are encouraged to do research on your own and also utilize the Visa Acquisition Guide for more information.

Health and Safety while abroad

The University of Michigan has several resources for students to keep them as safe as possible when abroad. All travel is not without it’s risks but there are ways to manage those risks and be prepared.

Some other important things

On Ross faculty-led programs, students will generally stay in hotels and should expect to share a room. As a best practice to promote greater inclusion and group dynamics, roommates are assigned at random. 

Students should look carefully at the cost of the program as flights, most meals, and some transportation are generally not included in the program cost.