Friday, November 21, 2008

Semester in Detroit program brings U-M students to the Motor City

Think of it as the University of Michigan returning to its roots.

U-M started in downtown Detroit in 1817 before moving to Ann Arbor. A dozen of the university's students will come back to the Motor City this winter to participate in the Semester in Detroit program.

The students will shack up at Wayne State University's dorms and take classes at U-M's Detroit Center at the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard. They will also have the option of taking classes at Wayne State and interning at a number of Detroit's community and cultural arts organizations.

The new program is part of an effort to get the state's three major research universities (U-M, WSU and Michigan State University) to connect and collaborate with each other. It's modeled after U-M's Semester in Washington, D.C., program, which is designed to take students out of U-M's environment and immerse them in another culture for a semester.

Among the courses featured in the program are the Core Urban Planning, a part-time community-based internship and elective courses in the university's School of Art and Design called "Detroit Connections."

For information on the program, contact Craig Regester at or (313) 505-5185.

Source: University of Michigan
Writer: Jon Zemke

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