International Center Winter 2023 Orientation
Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Michigan (U-M)! International Center (IC) staff is excited to welcome you to campus!
See a list of comprehensive resources for new international students, parents, families, and virtual offerings below.
Pre-Departure Orientation (recording)
To help you prepare for your arrival to campus, the IC offered a Pre-Departure Orientation session on December 8. Staff were available to help answer questions about travel to the U.S. and tips to prepare for your life at U-M and Ann Arbor! The event was recorded. You can find more information and the recording here.
Winter 2023 International Center Orientation Canvas Course
Once you have joined the International Center Winter Orientation Canvas course, you will be able to view previously recorded Peer-to-Peer Conversations (presentations by current international students on a number of topics) and additional workshop presentations/videos delivered by U-M departments.
All of the topics in Canvas are designed to help you with your transition to living in Ann Arbor and beginning your studies at the University of Michigan. Below are some examples of the topics that might interest you:
- Academic Support/Cultural Transition
- How to use Canvas
- Communicating with academic advisors
- Cultural differences in the classroom
- Practical Matters:
- Banking & Budgeting
- Housing & setting up household utilities
- Transportation and Safety
- Driving in the U.S.
- Personal safety
- Health and Wellness
- International Insurance
- University Health Service
- Finding a job on campus
- U.S. Tax
- Getting Involved on campus & making friends
- Healthy relationships
Blog and Videos
Winter in Michigan Video
Wondering how to prepare for a Michigan winter? A current international student, Matt Wu, created a video with useful tips for surviving winter in Michigan. Matt covers topics such as what to wear, walking and driving in the snow/ice, fun things to do, and more!
The IC Welcome Desk will be available outside of the office January 3-6. Stop by to speak with an International Center Student Council member and get your questions about life at U-M answered!
Exact times will be announced soon.
The IC will plan events in January for new international students. These events will also be listed on the IC calendar and shared via email. More information to be added soon.
- Banking in the USA presented by PNC Bank (December 21, 2022 & December 22, 2022)
- How to Use the UM's International Insurance Plan (January 6, 2023)
- U-M Library Basics (January 13, 2023)
- Making the Most Out of Your U-M Experience (January 26, 2023)
- International Student Welcome Booklet
- Pre-Arrival Guide for New International Students
- Parents and Families
- Graduate Students with Children
- Ann Arbor Area Visitors Guide
If you have any questions, please contact the International Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.