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.

Safety Considerations for Independent Study & Field Research Abroad


The Global Engagement Team in partnership with the Department of Anthropology developed the Safety Considerations for Independent Study & Field Research Abroad to support faculty, staff, and students on independent study or field research abroad. The goals of the resource include:

  • To direct travelers to existing travel safety and travel health resources and benefit all U-M independent travelers / field researchers
  • To organize international research and fieldwork safety considerations by travel phases of Early Logistical Planning (4-12 months pre-departure), Pre-Departure Preparations (final 4 months before departure), and While Abroad. 
  • To provide suggested protocols for various emergency situations abroad

All independent travelers and field researchers are encouraged to download the resource and review when preparing travel.


  • 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