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Pre-Departure Planning

Careful planning for travel abroad 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.  Also visit the Health and Safety section of Global Michigan prior to travel.

Summer 2017 U-M Travel Guidance provides important information for international and domestic travel.

Immigration, Travel Documents & Legal Updates

The university has collected this list of resources to assist community members in their pre-departure planning to minimize delays, disruption, or inconvenience during your travel.   Please note that University of Michigan does not represent faculty, staff, or students in personal legal matters.

ACLU Guidance: Know Your Rights When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security: Fact Sheets regarding Change to International Travel Carry-On Items for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the U.S. and updated Q& A on this topic.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Information about search authority for persons, baggage and merchandise arriving in the Customs territory of the United States and information about the inspection of electronic devices.

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

U.S. Passports and International Travel: Official application instructions and processing times for U.S. passports.

U-M Travel Guides & Checklists

U-M Student Travel Guide: This comprehensive guide provides in-depth travel information for students from all U-M campuses.

Pre-Departure Checklist for Individual Travel:  This checklist identifies key tasks that you will need to complete before departure, from host country research to travel documents and packing.

Practical Tips: Applicable for seasoned travelers and those going abroad for the first time, this suite of resources includes pre-departure tips and tricks.  Use the Travel Tips, Packing Tips, and Plan for the Land worksheets to ensure that your travel logistics are covered.  Take your preparation one step further with Before you go abroad: Consider what you know to dive deeper into the context of your host country.

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.

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.

General Emergency Protocols for U-M International Travelers: Before departure, ensure that you are equipped with vital emergency information by downloading the complete General Emergency Protocols for U-M International Travelers. Additionally, visit the Emergency Contacts page and program important numbers into your phone prior to departure.

U-M Travel Health Preparation Guide: This tool helps students identify and plan for health care needs during international travel. Travelers are encouraged to answer the questions in this guide and consult with a health care provider, UHS, and/or CAPS where appropriate.

International Center: Travel abroad basics; Travel advisory for international students, faculty and staff; and Travel in the U.S.

Global Library Services: The University Library maintains a collection of Global Information Resources, staffed by librarians with diverse international specializations.  This broad collection includes country profiles, scholarly databases, culture and language learning resources and worldwide NGO directories.

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.

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U-M Travel Health Guide & Clinical Services

  • U-M Travel Health Preparation Guide: This tool helps students identify and plan for health care needs during international travel. Travelers are encouraged to answer the questions in the guide and consult with a health care provider, UHS, and / or CAPS where appropriate.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: Before departure, U-M students are encouraged to visit their counselor or campus’ Counseling and Psychological Services (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint) to discuss strategies to reduce the impact of culture shock and to manage mental health needs abroad and after returning to the United States.
  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Faculty and staff may receive counseling services from the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP).
  • UHS Travel Health Service: All travelers are encouraged to make appointments with their primary care physicians or University Health Service (UHS) for a physical before departure.  UHS can also provide immunizations, prescriptions, and advice tailored to specific destinations and health conditions.
  • UHS Travel Health Education Program: Travelers can explore the Travel Health Education Program to learn about health self-care and preventative strategies for travelers diarrhea, malaria, and more.
  • UMHS Overseas Travel Clinic: The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Overseas Travel Clinic is available by appointment for individuals who need immunizations or health advice before travel.


It is important to follow U-M financial policies and business processes while abroad on university-related travel.  Some common topics and U-M resources related to international finances are listed below.

Leading Students Abroad

Resources coming soon.  Please check back for updates.

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