Summer 2024 International Orientation (All)

2024 Summer Orientation

The International Center is excited to welcome you to the University of Michigan community. Here we will be posting information about the orientation programs and resources that will be available to you in late July and August, including:

  • Peer-led Q&A sessions and workshops on a number of topics pertaining to life in Ann Arbor and being a student at U-M.
  • A Canvas course for all new international students and scholars, which will feature recordings and slides from all workshops offered during orientation, and more.
  • Blog posts and short Youtube videos created by orientation peer advisors (last year’s short videos can be found here).
  • A Welcome Desk offering in-person hours staffed by undergraduate and graduate international students.
  • Social events through which new students and scholars can meet each other and learn more about the U-M campus and things to do in Ann Arbor! 
  • International Student and Family Welcome Day for incoming undergraduate international students on Wednesday, August 21, 2024.

In the meantime, we invite you to join us at one of in-country or virtual Pre-Departure Orientation events! 

Additional Resources for New Students

Workshop Presentations (Virtual and In-Person)

Description: Moving away from home as an international student is exciting but also challenging. In this workshop, we will discuss culture shock and how to adjust to cultural differences you may encounter while in the U.S.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Location Registration
Monday, August 19, 2024
(In-Person with lunch provided! )
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Ross School of Business, B3560 Register Here

Description: Pamela Bogart from the U-M English Language Institute (ELI) invites you to a Zoom conversation to learn about ELI courses and other resources to support graduate students who speak English as an additional language. 

ELI offers credit-bearing academic English courses (free to full-time students) to support you through all stages of your academic career. ELI classes are small, interactive, and provide students with extensive one-on-one feedback. 

In addition, the ELI also offers one-on-one speaking and writing support, opportunities for informal language practice, and one-time workshops. 

ELI can help you communicate effectively and excel in your coursework and research. We look forward to meeting you!

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Thursday, August 8, 2024 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Register Here

Description: Pamela Bogart from the U-M English Language Institute (ELI) invites you to a Zoom conversation to learn about ELI courses and other resources to support undergraduate students who speak English as an additional language. 

ELI offers credit-bearing academic English courses (free to full-time students) to support you through all stages of your academic career. ELI classes are small, interactive, and provide students with extensive one-on-one feedback. 

In addition, the ELI also offers one-on-one speaking and writing support, opportunities for informal language practice, and one-time workshops. 

ELI can help you communicate effectively and excel in your coursework and research. We look forward to meeting you!

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Register Here

Description: For international students, opening a bank account in the U.S. helps provide greater ease and efficiency in managing finances during college. Learn how banking in the U.S. can provide a safe, convenient way to transfer, track and budget money securely and conveniently, including financial aid and money from home. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by PNC Bank.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Monday, August 7, 2023 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Register Here
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Register Here

Description: If you are a new Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) or Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) or a student whose fellowship will include GradCare insurance, come to this workshop for a brief explanation about how insurance works in the U.S., followed by information about selecting and using your insurance plan, including information about some important deadlines. The insurance coverage and other benefits you receive as a GSI/GSRA are very valuable but can be confusing -- this is your chance to learn from experts.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Benefits Office.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Thursday, August 15, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Register Here

Description: Are you new to driving in the United States? Driving conditions and customs may be different than what you are used to in your home country. This workshop will provide information to help you prepare for driving in the U.S., including driving tips, driving etiquette, and important skills to keep you safe on the roads in good and bad weather.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Michigan AAA.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Monday, August 12, 2024 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Register Here

Description: This presentation will cover detailed information about how to use the University's required health insurance (the International Student/Scholar Health Insurance Plan). You'll learn how and where to obtain medical treatment if you need it and how to avoid unnecessary expenses by understanding how this health insurance works.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Register Here
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Register Here

Description: As a spouse or partner of an international student at the University of Michigan, you may be wondering how to adjust to living in the U.S., and in Ann Arbor. Attend this event series to learn about some of the possibilities and to meet other spouses and partners of international students!

All events will be led by the Michigan Language Center (MLC) in partnership with the U-M International Center.

This series is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Event Date Time Location Registration
Orientation & Networking
(Lunch Provided!)
Monday, August 19, 2024 12:00 - 2:00 PM Ross School of Business B3570 Register Here
Everyday English Workshop Monday, August 26, 2024 10:00 - 11:00 AM Michigan Language Center (715 E. Huron Street) Register Here
(Tour begins immediately following workshop)
Walking Tour of Ann Arbor Monday, August 26, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Departing from Michigan Language Center (715 E. Huron Street)

Description: Every country has norms for what is acceptable and unacceptable, and similarly for what is legal and illegal in that particular country. This session will offer important information on what is and is not permitted in the United States. Learn this information now; don’t risk being embarrassed, or even fined or arrested! 

The session will also include a brief overview of landlord-tenant law, including information about what your landlord is and is not permitted to do, and your rights and obligations as a tenant. Avoid possible problems and prepare for a good relationship with your landlord by learning this important information now.

This workshop is co-sponsored by Student Legal Services (SLS).

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well. 

Date Time Registration
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Register Here

Description: A psychologist from Counseling and Psychological Services will explain what stress is, discuss stressful experiences that international students may go through, talk about mental health and how to get help​,​ and provide ​tools to manage stress.  ​

This workshop is co-sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Thursday, August 15, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Register Here

Description: Information and Technology Services (ITS) is your campus IT provider. They cover all student tech needs, from registering for classes and course work in Canvas to email, WiFi, Wolverine Access, and videoconferencing. They also manage the campus Tech Shop!

Join this presentation by ITS staff members to learn about all of the technology services and resources available on campus!

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Thursday, August 10, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Register Here

Description: Gain insight into the resources and services available at the library and learn strategies for efficiently finding information for your research projects. 

Join a U-M Librarian as the questions below are explored:

  • How can I access library resources remotely or in person?
  • What kind of technology help can I get at the library?
  • How can I find scholarly books and articles?
  • What are some of the research tools the library provides that may help me with my research?

Students and scholars may attend either the Central Campus or North Campus workshop, but the North Campus workshop will be of most interest to engineering, art, and architecture students. This session is specifically for international students and scholars and is co-sponsored by the International Center and the U-M Library.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Registration
Friday, August 9, 2024 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Register Here
Friday, August 16, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Register Here

Description: Gain insight into the resources and services available at the U-M Library and learn strategies for efficiently finding information for your research projects.

Join a U-M Engineering Librarians as the questions below are explored:

  • How can I access library resources remotely or in person?
  • What kind of technology help can I get at the library?
  • How can I find scholarly books and articles?
  • What are some of the research tools the library provides that can help me with my research?

Students and scholars may attend either the Central Campus or North Campus workshop. The North Campus workshop will be taught by engineering librarians with a focus on engineering resources. The tour will be offered after the in-person workshop only.

This session is specifically for international students and scholars and is co-sponsored by the International Center and the U-M Library.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Location Registration
Tuesday, August 20, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Virtual Register Here
Wednesday, September 4, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Videoconference Suite, 1180 Duderstadt Center Register Here
Optional Tour of the Duderstadt Center following the in-person session
Wednesday, September 4, 2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  Meet in the Videoconference Suite Register Here

Description: This orientation workshop is designed for all U-M international students who will work for U-M, and for students who will receive fellowships that pay for living expenses (not just tuition.)

Before you start work, you will be asked to fill out a number of forms, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-4, State of Michigan Form W-4, the "Alien Certificate", and perhaps other forms if your country has a tax treaty with the United States.

During this workshop, a representative from the U-M Payroll Office will explain how to fill out these forms so that you can be sure you are filling them out correctly. The Payroll Office representative will also explain the tax-related documents that you as a U-M employee can expect to receive from the Payroll Office and when you can expect to receive them. The workshop will conclude with a brief introduction to the ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) and an explanation of who does and does not need to apply for the ITIN.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Payroll Office.

This session is being offered as part of International Orientation; however, registration is open to continuing students, as well.

Date Time Location Registration
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Ross School of Business, B3570 Register Here
Friday, August 16, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Ross School of Business, B3570 Register Here