Study Abroad Application Process
Students should first attend a study abroad information session in the International Center. This information session gives them comprehensive information on all UM sponsored study abroad programs and gives them information how to further research the programs and complete an application. We strongly encourage students to speak with study abroad ambassadors, who are our past program participants.
Students must complete an online study abroad application for Partner Universities or ISEP by the deadline.
After student’s application has been received, every applicant will be interviewed as part of the application process.
Once the student is accepted, the student needs to complete essential forms to be considered a confirmed participant on their online study abroad account. These forms normally include acknowledgement of risk, responsibilities of participant and host university application forms (if applicable).
A mandatory pre-departure orientation and two cultural adaptation workshops are scheduled through the Office of International Programs (OIP). At the orientations, students receive information on student visa application process, registration, credit transfer, health and safety, and tips on cultural adjustment. There will also be a panel discussion presented by part program participants. Student will also have an opportunity to speak to past participants in small group discussions. Parents and family member are also welcome to attend the orientations. Please let us know in advance so that we can make appropriate space accommodations.
We ask students to submit a copy of their passport as part of their study abroad application. If they do not have one, they should apply for one as soon as possible. Passports should be valid for six months beyond student stay abroad.
A visa is a legal permission to enter a foreign country for a stated purpose for a specified period of time and is granted by the government of that country. Participants on Partner Exchange and ISEP program will receive link to visa information on their study abroad account and printed visa information at pre-departure orientation. In most cases students are required to obtain a student visa prior to leaving the U.S. Some countries may require a FBI background check which can take up to 3 months to process before you can apply for a visa.
Power of Attorney
OIP strongly recommends students to select a trusted parent or other person to receive Power of Attorney to ensure that someone can make financial transactions for students when they are gone.