Exploring U-M’s Opportunities Around the World


Early Stages of Planning

Step-by-step guidance for early travel planning:

Step 1: Review Requirements for Travel During COVID-19

Task 1: Determine U-M Travel Requirements

Task 2: Determine travel regulations and COVID-19 specific entry requirements for your destination

  • To determine travel regulations and COVID-19 specific entry requirements for international locations, visit the COVID-19 Country Specific Information page on the U.S. Embassy site of the destination country. This site provides an overview of requirements and typically provides direct links to the host destination’s entry requirement page. Meeting entry requirements is the responsibility of the student traveler.


  • 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. 
  • Before departure, students need to make sure that they understand and have a plan to meet all of the steps for entering that country. This often involves having the proof of vaccination that that country requires, completing any forms or online health portal of that country, and having the type of negative COVID-19 test results that that country requires. Without having everything in order, the host country will not let an individual into the country.

Task 3: Download the Considerations for International Travel During COVID-19 to learn about requirements and travel considerations


Task 4: Determine if your destination is a U-M Travel Restriction or Travel Warning, or a U-M COVID-19 Medium or High Risk destination


Task 5: Review the COVID-19 & Travel FAQ 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.


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 US 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). 

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.



  • No.5

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

  • 115

    U-M hosted students from 115 countries in Fall 2020