Serve the World’s Underserved

Change the way you look at the world, join us in International Development Studies where we focus on the processes of social, political, economic, cultural and environmental change in low-income countries and disadvantaged regions. Emphasizing a global perspective on the processes of change and development, critical analysis of the role of internal and external influences on the development process, and applications to local situations and challenges; International Development Studies will shift your paradigm.


Peace Corps volunteer-producing medium-sized universities


continent our students don’t visit (Antarctica)


UM alumni volunteering around the world right now



World Experience

  • lion

    Inhabit the World

    Our spring break study abroad program brought students to Hong Kong. Here students gather good luck by touching the nose of the iconic lion statue in front of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

  • gate knowledge

    Visit the World

    During a two-week trip to South China, students studied communication, culture and development. Here they travel through the "Gate of Knowledge" on the campus of Chinese University of Hong Kong.

  • perm garden

    Teach the World

    Volunteers conduct a perm gardening training during their Peace Corps assignment in Mahalapye, Botswana.

  • Disabled children

    Engage the World

    Sarah Huntting, Nkitse One Maokaneng (Sarah’s Peace Corps counterpart), and the mothers of disabled children at a party hosted to connect mothers with primary health care resources and each other in Mahalapye, Botswana.