Exploring U-M’s Opportunities Around the World


International Students Abroad

    1. Being a volunteer in the media operations crew, my journey in Switzerland gave me the opportunity to experience the Olympics from a different angle. As an international student, let’s be proactive in exploring the world!"

    2. "Life for me is all about experiences and reactions to different circumstances, and studying abroad offered me such a great chance to better know who I am. It had good and bad, ups and downs, but going through that experience made a more valiant wolverine, both inside and out."

    Download the International Students Abroad flyer for additional questions and considerations for traveling abroad. Bring this resource with you when meeting with an academic advisor, education abroad advisor, or other U-M office.

    Although you are studying abroad in the U.S., many international students decide to study outside the U.S. while at U-M. Attitudes and perceptions around nationality vary widely around the world, and it’s key that you have an understanding of how you may be perceived and/or treated in your host country due to your identities (which could be much different than in the U.S.). Remember that there are a lot of resources at U-M that can help you plan a safe and successful journey abroad. Use this page to explore considerations, opportunities, and challenges of traveling abroad as an international student. Be sure to look through the other identities on this website — they might also apply to you!

    Did You Know?

    • At U-M, international students make up 15% of the entire student population and are from more than 130 different countries.
    • International experiences can play an important role in your job search after graduation. Employers are increasingly looking for candidates with the ability to communicate across cultures and work effectively with diverse teams—skills that can both be developed and strengthened abroad.

    Time to Reflect:

    As you consider and prepare for an international experience, use the following questions as a guide. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and you may relate to multiple identities. You are encouraged to discuss these topics in-person with an education abroad advisor in your school or college and an international student advisor. The International Center’s Education Abroad Team can also provide guidance and resources as you prepare for your experience.

    • Understand the options
      • What U-M options are available for travel abroad?
      • If there are no U-M options that fit my interest, budget, or schedule, how will I investigate other education abroad options?
      • What type of experiences (study, internship, volunteer, etc.)
      • What type of experience (study, intern, volunteer) might fit best with my goals?
      • What length of time should I go abroad (summer, semester, academic year)?
    • Understand the process
      • What is involved in the application process for international experiences?
      • How do I ensure that I will get credit for my international experience? What if I want that credit to count towards my major or minor?
      • What scholarships are international students eligible for?
      • Examine the timing
      • When can I fit an international experience into my academic schedule?
      • What are the application deadlines for international experiences?
      • When should I start planning for my international experience?
    • Ask about your U.S. visa status
      • How can I make sure I am maintaining my U.S. visa status while pursuing an international experience?
      • After my international experience, what documents do I need to re-enter the U.S.?
      • How might an international experience affect my ability to apply for OPT, CPT, or Academic Training?
    • Examine travel logistics
      • What effect will my citizenship status have on my ability to travel?
      • Will I need to apply for a visa? How do I do so?
      • Consider the cultural attitudes of your host country
        How does my host country perceive and treat individuals from my home country? How might that be different than how I am perceived/treated in the U.S.?

    Go Engage!

    Take a deeper dive into issues of race and ethnicity in international travel by exploring the following resources:

    • 115

      U-M hosted students from 115 countries in Fall 2020

    • 17

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