Institute for International Cooperation and Development

IICD Michigan was incorporated in 1997 as a not-for-profit organization in the state of Michigan. IICD Michigan is an independent research non-profit. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that IICD Michigan is an organization as described in the revenue code 501(c) 3. This means that IICD is exempt from federal taxation of its activities and that donors can deduct donations to IICD from the income declared in their tax return. The organization will not discriminate by race, ethnicity, national origins, religious belief, gender or orientation.




About IICD

IICD Michigan

IICD Michigan is a non-profit organization. As a private independent entity, the school raises its own funds. A part of the funds come from tuition fees and grants, and another part comes from the school’s own income generating activities:

  • A clothes collection based in Detroit with 500 collection boxes, which has saved 6.000 cubic yards of landfiill as per 2010 and which prevents the emission of around 15 million lbs of CO2 per year, while also providing a source of funds to support the school’s training programs.
  • A Garden Farm that supplies the school with fresh organic vegetables in the growing season, as well as fruit trees and beehives for honey, saving food expenses and providing healthy produce for everyone.

The school, that is you and we, teachers and students. We run the school together, from cooking, cleaning, maintenance, food production, organization and planning. In this way, we save money and keep tuition fees low by not having practical staff employed, and at the same time, everyone learns a variety of different practical and organizational skills.

The teams manage their own economy and budget, keeping track of and taking decisions on what to spend for the program, materials, food, transport and travel, in addition to the fixed amount for running the institution.


When you enroll for a course, you pay a non-refundable enrollment fee. Before you start on the course, you pay a tuition fee. The enrollment fee and the tuition fee together cover a part of the expenses for the course. You will cover the remaining expenses in several ways, depending on which course you enroll for:

The Fighting with The Poor teams will go for weekend fundraising actions as a part of the program. Each team will have a common fundraising goal, giving you the challenging but rewarding task of sticking together to reach the goal and taking the necessary decisions and discussions about how you will do it and how everyone can contribute in the best way.

The Pedagogy Licentiate teams (only for USA citizens) will earn money during a three month saving-up period as well as in the work and practice periods throughout the program. Each team will have common economy throughout the course, sharing the responsibility for income and expenses.

Raising funds as an integral part of the course will teach you to take charge, to plan and organize, to go for a goal and succeed, to stick together in the team, and to have stamina and be productive while doing physical or other work. Moreover, it means that you do not accumulate debt during the course.

The amount of the tuition fee will vary, depending on the length and type of the course you are joining and which year you plan to start. When you contact us about enrolling for a course, we will go through the detailed economy with you and answer any questions you may have. You do not have to be rich to join a course at IICD Michigan, and we have many experiences in how students can earn and save up to pay the tuition fee.