"Studying abroad has helped expand my worldview in ways that weren't possible when I enlisted. Through intelligent planning, communication, and action studying abroad as a veteran is possible!"
Download the Military-Connected Students Abroad flyer for additional questions and considerations for traveling abroad. Bring this resource with you when meeting with an academic advisor, education abroad advisor, or other U-M office.
As a military-connected student, you may already be accustomed to unique challenges and experiences, making you a perfect fit for an international experience. An international experience can provide you with a completely different perspective that can manifest different skills/techniques that you never knew you needed or already had, including adaptability. Besides gaining cultural perspective, choosing to travel abroad can have a profound impact on your academics, career, and personal growth. Use this page to explore considerations, opportunities, and challenges of traveling abroad as a military-connected college student.
Did You Know?
- According to Helping Military Veterans Study Abroad by Charlotte West
- Veterans are a growing population on U.S. college campuses, and education abroad offices are finding ways to better understand how best to help them use their educational benefits to fund study abroad.
- More veterans have started studying on U.S. campuses in the last five years due to the expansion of educational benefits outlined in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into full effect in 2009. Veterans who served at least 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability are eligible for education benefits, which include tuition payments, a housing allowance, and a book stipend.
- In 2012 more than 900,000 veterans of the U.S. armed forces used their higher education benefits, an increase from 550,000 in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both veterans and their dependents (spouses and children) are eligible to use their benefits for education abroad, subject to certain restrictions.
Time to Reflect:
As you consider and prepare for an international experience, use the following questions as a guide. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and you may relate to multiple identities. You are encouraged to discuss these topics in-person with an education abroad advisor in your school or college.
- I am currently serving in the military – can I still participate in education abroad?
- If you are currently serving in the military, you are required to speak to your military service unit about the possibility of studying abroad. If your military service unit declares you eligible, speak to the Office of Veteran & Military Services at the University of Michigan for additional procedures.
- Will I receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)?
- If you receive BAH while at U-M, you can receive the same benefits on a for-credit global experience. The rate is based on the home location (U-M), unless the student pays tuition directly to the international host school. To receive this allowance for your education abroad experience, consult with Veteran Services at the Office of the Registrar prior to committing to your international experience.
- How do I start the global experience process?
- Explore global experience options
- Talk to your academic advisor to make sure adding a global experience still keeps you on track for graduation
- Talk to an education abroad advisor to make sure the global experience fits your needs and see what global programs are available to you
- Talk to your U-M Veteran and Military Service Representative about using your GI Bill benefits
- Talk to a financial aid advisor to make sure your financial plan matches your global experience needs
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