The International Policy Students Association (IPSA) exists to foster awareness of international policy issues through the exchange of ideas, cultures, and experiences. This student run group believes that a global perspective is crucial to successfully understanding today's policy issues. Their activities include an annual education tour of a developing country, language clubs, photo exhibit and pot-luck parties, student survey of international courses, organizing lectures & conferences, and much, much more.
Emerging Markets Club is a Student Organization in the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan that focuses on issues emanating from the rapid growth in developing world economies and on the unique challenges facing companies and people doing business in these countries. The EMC organizes social events, guest speakers, networking opportunities, and case competitions.
The International Law Society (ILS) is devoted to promoting a greater understanding of international and comparative law and the role they play in the world today. ILS sponsors a variety of events throughout the year aimed at bringing students, faculty, and other interested people together to learn more about this exciting and important area of law. Speakers include faculty members from universities around the world, government experts, visiting scholars, and students with particular areas of expertise. Settings include lectures, panel discussions, informal lunchtime meetings, and evening talks.
The IEDP is a seven-week course offered in the Winter term, which culminates in a one-week trip to the country studied over the seven weeks. The course examines a developing country's economy, politics, and culture and how those factors relate to the country's pertinent policy issues. During the seven-week course, students develop several topics and policies to study, regarding the country's current domestic issues and foreign affairs. Thereby, during the week in the country, IEDP participants have the opportunity to meet various stakeholders pertaining to topics developed during the course. Following the trip all students in the IEDP course develop a detailed report, recording the information gathered during the stakeholder interviews and meetings, and the background research regarding the class-developed topics. This whole process allows students to utilize their graduate school studies and skill-sets.
Since 2005, the IPC has been a supporter of the program through the following trips: Grenada in 2011, The Philippines in 2010, Senegal in 2009, Jordan in 2008, Peru in 2007, China in 2006, and Ethiopia in 2005.