Exploring U-M’s Opportunities Around the World


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.

New Resource: 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.


Technology needs can vary by international destination. Personal information and sensitive university data can be at risk during overseas travel. U-M Information and Technology Services offers the following resources for traveling with technology:

Additional Technology Resources and Policies


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.


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

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