Exploring U-M’s Opportunities Around the World


Early Stages of Planning

Preparing for Study Abroad Inforgraphic

Task 1: Determine U-M Travel Eligibility Task 2: Determine travel regulations and entry requirements for your destination. Task 3: Review the Safety and Security subpage Task 4: Review the Health subpage

Step-by-step guidance for early travel planning:

Step 1: Review Requirements for International Travel

Task 1: Determine U-M Travel Requirements

Task 2: Determine travel regulations and public health-specific entry requirements for your destination


  • Entry requirements are subject to change, so students need to stay up-to-date to verify they are able to enter that country before making any non-refundable purchases for travel. Meeting entry requirements is the responsibility of the student traveler.
  • Before departure, students need to make sure that they understand and have a plan to meet all of the steps for entering that country. Without having everything in order, the host country will not let an individual into the country.

Task 3: Download and review the Additional Considerations for International Travel

Task 4: Review the U-M Travel FAQs page to learn more about travel during the pandemic

Step 2: Review Resources for Travel Health

Task 1: Review the 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.
  • For additional Health preparation see the Global Michigan Health page.


Task 2: Review the U-M Safety Abroad Orientation

  • This program walks you through important travel strategies, including risk assessment, situational awareness, and handling emergency situations.

Other Considerations:

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:

Task 1: Follow a housing checklist


Task 2: Determine housing priorities


Task 3: View the U.S. Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council’s COVID-19 Prevention Measures Housing Checklist


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). Complete these tasks to ensure you have found the right fit.

Task 1: Review the self-assessment guide


Task 2: Rank your priorities by using this priority guide


Task 3: Develop an NGO profile and understand how to evaluate a potential NGO partnership


Task 4: Review the 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.


  • 17

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

  • No.5

    U-M ranked 5th in the nation in the number of U.S. students studying abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year