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About Our Services

The U-M International Center provides a variety of services to assist international students, scholars, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan, as well as U-M American students seeking opportunities to study, work, or travel abroad. For information about a specific U-M International Center service area, please contact us at 734.764.9310 or icenter@umich.edu.

International Student and Scholar Services

Our International Student and Scholar Services team serves as a key resource to the U-M community in the following ways:

  • Advises international students, scholars, their dependents, and University departments on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations related to F and J visa categories
  • Recommends and approves immigration benefits
  • Verifies, tracks, and submits visa status notifications through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Advises on adjustment to U.S. society and American culture, academic concerns and community resources
  • Processes DS-2019s, I-20s, travel signatures, and letters needed for travel, employment, maintaining status, social security numbers, and other immigration related matters.
  • Conducts workshops and orientation sessions for international students, scholars, and U-M departments

International Student and Scholar Health Insurance

The U-M International Center's Health Insurance office administers the University of Michigan mandatory health insurance program for international students and scholars, including providing and processing forms needed for insurance enrollment, changes, and requests for waivers of the insurance requirement. This office also assists students and scholars who have questions or concerns about insurance procedures and filing insurance claims.

Faculty and Staff Immigration Services

Our Faculty and Staff Immigration Services team provides the following services to U-M foreign national employees and departments on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses:

  • Advises departments on U-M and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policies and procedures for employing foreign nationals to ensure compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations
  • Prepares and files employment-based visa petitions with USCIS on behalf of the University of Michigan
  • Coordinates other employment-based immigration petitions in which the University of Michigan is the petitioner with approved, external immigration attorneys retained by the University
  • Conducts workshops on topics for foreign national faculty, staff, and U-M departments

Our office does not provide legal immigration advice. If you need legal immigration advice, we recommend consulting a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Study, Work, and Travel Abroad and Peace Corps

The Education Abroad office provides two primary services: resources and information about study, work, and travel abroad options and information about the Peace Corps. Our study and work abroad services provide information to American students looking to expand their academic and employment knowledge and experience beyond the U.S. Our Peace Corps and travel abroad services provide information to anyone interested in Peace Corps opportunities or seeking information about other countries around the world.

U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program

The International Visitor Leadership Program coordinates programs for current or potential international leaders who have been invited to the U.S. to meet and collaborate with professional counterparts through the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The University of Michigan is a founding member of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), has one of only six university-based programs, and hosts approximately 130 international visitors annually. Guided by the background and interests of the international visitor, our International Visitor Leadership Program coordinator plans events that promote intellectual exchange, research and partnerships with U-M departments.

Our International Visitor Leadership Program coordinator also serves as the University of Michigan's official representative to the City of Ann Arbor's Sister City Program, which manages relationships with six sister cities: Tubingen, Germany; Hikone, Japan; Dakar, Senegal; Juigalpa, Nicaragua; Peterborough, Canada; and Belize City, Belize.

Last reviewed: 10/08