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 & Security sections of Global Michigan prior to travel.
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.
- Pre-Departure Checklist for Individual Travel: This comprehensive checklist identifies key tasks that you will need to complete before departure, from host country research to travel documents and packing.
- 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, University Health Services (UHS), and/or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) where appropriate.
- The U-M Safety Abroad Orientation: This program walks you through important travel strategies, including risk assessment, situational awareness, and handling emergency situations.
- 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.
- Community Engagement – Collaborating for Change Online Minicourse (MOOC): Developed by an interdisciplinary team of content experts from U-M, the Collaborating for Change MOOC is designed to help both novices and seasoned practitioners of community engagement work more effectively with communities and organizations, both domestically and abroad.
- Trip Preparation: Travel Tips, Packing Tips, and Plan for the Land worksheets to ensure that your travel logistics are covered.
- 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.
- International Center: Travel Abroad Basics
- Update your emergency contact information. For students, update the Trip Emergency Contact & How to Find Me questionnaire in M-Compass.
- Utilize the General Emergency Protocols for U-M International Travelers and contact the University in case of emergency.
- Review CDC’s After you Travel resources learn ways to maintain your health while abroad.
- Review Resilient Travel – Managing Stress and Enhancing your Experience Abroad, a U-M web resource that helps travelers think proactively about personal challenges and build skills to successfully cope with difficult situations.
- American Civil Liberties Union (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.
- Guidelines for returning to campus during COVID-19 (coming soon)
U-M ranked 4th in the nation in the number of students studying abroad for the 2017-2018 academic year
U-M’s International Institute houses 17 centers and programs focused on world regions and global themes