Orientation Overview

Welcome to University of Michigan

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Michigan! The International Center is excited to welcome you to the University and Ann Arbor this winter.

Pre-Departure Orientation

The International Center offers in-country and virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) sessions each summer for students starting their studies in the fall semester.  A virtual PDO is also offered for students starting their studies in the winter semester. 

These events are a great opportunity to prepare for your arrival in Ann Arbor, including information on preparing for your visa interview, arranging housing, and other important steps! Click to learn about our virtual PDO and in-country PDO opportunities. 

International Summer Orientation Peer Advisors

Each summer, the International Center hires current international students to help us welcome you to the University of Michigan community! They will present peer-led presentations on a variety of topics related to life in Ann Arbor (Peer-2-Peer Conversations), lead social events, and staff a Welcome Desk in order to answer any questions you might have upon your arrival. This year’s Summer Orientation Peer Advisor team will be announced in early June!

International Center Orientation Events and Workshops

The International Center offers a range of orientation events for new international students and scholars. Learn more about Summer 2024 Orientation events and workshops here.

Immigration Requirements (Students & Scholars)

The following is a list of additional requirements and recommendations for new graduate/professional students, undergraduate students, and scholars (J-1 Exchange Visitors):

  • F-1 and J-1 Students (Undergraduate & Graduate/Professional)
  • Scholars (Non-Student J-1 Exchange Visitors)
    • Required: You must complete the mandatory check-in for Scholars, including the online pre- and post-arrival training and the check-in. The check-in is currently being conducted virtually.

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