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Pre-Departure Planning

Careful planning for your education abroad experience will facilitate a safer and more successful journey.  These resources can guide you through pre-departure preparations and ensure that you are meeting U-M requirements for University-related travel.

Register Travel:  All U-M travelers must register their international experience prior to departure.  Registry data are used to support travelers in case of emergencies, to inform future program development, and to meet university reporting requirements.

Health and Safety: The U-M offers a range of resources – from affordable travel abroad health insurance to emergency contacts and safety plan templates – to guide your travel planning.   Visit the Health and Safety section of Global Michigan for more information.

Resilient Travel:  International travelers may encounter challenges that vary by academic discipline, level of education, local context and the nature of on-site activities. Resilient Travel – Managing Stress and Enhancing your Experience Abroad is a unique U-M web resource that helps travelers think proactively about personal challenges and build skills to successfully cope with difficult situations. The Resilient Traveling toolkit includes common problems, videos of authentic student stories, practice exercises and a confidential self- assessment that provides recommendations for support resources and coping strategies.

Selecting Safe Housing Abroad: Some overseas programs provide housing, and in other cases students are responsible for finding their own accommodations. These resources can help students select safe housing abroad; follow a housing checklist; and determine their housing priorities.

Partnering with an NGO Overseas: Many U-M students choose to create independent or group travel experiences abroad by working with a non-governmental organization (NGO).  These resources will assist students with self-assessment regarding their interest in partnering with an NGO; guide them in ranking their priorities; provide strategies for developing an NGO profile; and understand how to evaluate a potential NGO partnership.

Travel Information for DACAmented Students:  Important updates on November 16, 2016.  This U-M resource provides general guidance on travel abroad for students enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


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    U-M ranked 5th in the nation in the number of students studying abroad for the year 2014-2015.

    Institute of International Education
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    U-M’s International Institute houses 17 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes