SRC Summer Institute Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do you offer scholarships?
  2. Is there a limit to the number of courses I can take?
  3. Is the Summer Institute different from the ICPSR Summer Program?
  4. Am I responsible for finding my own housing? 
  5. When do I need to pay my tuition?
  6. Where are the Summer Institute offices?
  7. Will Summer Institute courses appear on my transcript?
  8. What do I need to send the Summer Institute to receive a J-1 Visa?
  9. When is the deadline for applications?
  10. Will I be able to check my e-mail while I'm attending the Summer Institute?
  11. What is a video course?
  12. Do you offer courses only during the summer?
  13. Do you offer the same courses every summer?
  14. What is the Summer Institute dress code?

 

1. Do you offer scholarships?

In most cases, no. The majority of the participants in the Summer Institute secure their own funding. Some participants pay their own way; others are funded by their home institutions or the company where they are employed.

The Summer Institute does offer the Kish and Andrews fellowships to participants from outside the U.S. Normally, these fellowships cover the cost of tuition and the participant is responsible for the cost of textbooks and coursepacks, travel, housing, and food. Details about the application process for the Kish and Andrews Fellowships can be found at: Fellowship Support.

2. Is there a limit to the number of courses I can take?

Participants may not elect more than six credits per four-week session, and no more than a total of 12 credits for the entire eight weeks of the program. Any exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Summer Institute Director. This two course per session norm assumes that the participant has full time to devote to these activities. Participants who also enroll in other University programs and/or hold a part-time job may find it difficult to take more than one Summer Institute course per session.

3. Is the Summer Institute different from the ICPSR Summer Program?

Yes, the administration and faculty for the two programs are separate. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) offers a Summer Program in Quantitative Methods which provides additional opportunities for participants in SRC's Summer Institute. ICPSR's Summer Program offers courses in research design, statistics, data analysis, and methods of research which provide a complement to the courses on survey research methods offered by the Summer Institute.

4. Am I responsible for finding my own housing?

Yes, though we will do what we can to help you. For further information and suggestions see the Housing section of this site.

5. When do I need to pay my tuition?

If you are attending as a Summer Scholar (not for academic credit) then tuition must be paid in full prior to the first day of the course. If you are taking the course for academic credit, you will be billed by the University of Michigan and are subject to their billing deadlines.

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6. Where are the Summer Institute offices located?

We are located on the 4th floor of the Institute for Social Research (ISR), room 4050. You can take either set of elevators up to the fourth floor. We are located in Wing I.

7. Will Summer Institute courses appear on my transcript?

If you apply to the Summer Institute as a Summer Scholar there will be no official transcript of the courses you have taken. You will receive a certificate of attendance, but no letter grades will be recorded. If you would like to receive a letter grade as a Summer Scholar, you need to arrange that with the Summer Institute office and the instructor. There is a $10 fee for reporting the grade by letter.

If you apply to the Summer Institute as a Traveling Scholar or a regular University of Michigan student (including a Summer Guest), then your grade and credits you have taken will appear on your transcript.

8. What do I need to send the Summer Institute to receive a J-1 Visa?

The Summer Institute, along with the University of Michigan Shared Services, will work with you to complete the required steps needed by the International Center.  Complete the J-1 Exchange Visitor Information form (PDF) and send to the Shared Services department (they must have your signature) along with the following items:

  • Passport picture page copy (send this to the Summer Institute)
  • Financial documentation for all non-UM funding source(s)
  • If you have held J-1 or J-2 status within past two years:
    • Legible photocopies of all DS-2019/IAP-66, and J visa
    • If no copies are available, please include a statement specifying the dates you held J status
  • If you are currently in the US:
    • Copies of your current immigration documents (latest I-94, visa, I-20/DS-2019)

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9. When is the deadline for applications?

All Summer Institute participants must complete an application by June 5, 2017, which includes the list of courses, dates, times, course numbers and sections. Applications received after June 5 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

10. Will I be able to check my e-mail while I am attending the Summer Institute?

Yes, each participant is assigned a computer account (login and password) at the University of Michigan which includes a UM e-mail account. Your login and password will allow computer access at any University of Michigan computing facility where you can either check UM e-mail or other e-mail accounts.

11. What is a video course?

The Summer Institute shares some courses by way of offering a video class in conjunction with the University of Maryland at College Park. The video monitors are located in our video classroom here at the University of Michigan and in a video classroom at the University of Maryland.  These courses will be shared through a compressed video technology system.  Students at the remote location can see, hear, and speak with the instructor as well as students in the local site. That is, the system is two-way video and audio, and fully interactive.  An instructor, whether in College Park, Maryland, or Ann Arbor, Michigan, can see, hear, and speak with students at the remote location.  These are real-time video conference facilities rather than recorded video. University of Maryland students enroll at their site while Summer Institute students enroll to attend the class at the University of Michigan site.  Instructors teach predominately at one site but will visit the other site on occasion throughout the class.

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12. Do you offer courses only during the summer?

Yes, the Summer Institute is held only during the summer, every June and July.

13. Do you offer the same courses every summer?

For the most part, yes. There are several core 4-8 week courses which are offered every summer. There are additional 1-2 week sessions which are more subject to change; however, they may not change every year.

14. What is the Summer Institute dress code?

You are welcome to wear whatever you like, but shorts and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable. You may want to pack a few nice things for a night on the town, but bring comfortable clothes for classes and studying. Classroom temperatures can vary dramatically so, a light jacket or sweater to wear when the air conditioning is functioning is advised.

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