Information for international students

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International students thrive at the University of Michigan. Ford School MPP students come from about a dozen countries and make up nearly twenty percent of the cohort. Campus-wide, the broader university attracts students from 130+ countries, representing a highly diverse global community, where 14 percent of all U-M students come from abroad. We're excited to welcome you to the Ford School, and we are prepared to help you get here, and to thrive while you're here.

We know you'll have more questions about relocating, life in metro Detroit, and joining our community, so we've curated some key links from the U-M International Center to get you started. The International Center provides a variety of services to assist international students, scholars, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan. In the fall, they will lead a campus-wide International Student Orientation, with a combination of required and recommended sessions. (Their fall 2021 plans aren't yet final, but when they are, you'll be able to find them here.)

In addition, we'll host our own welcome event for Ford School international students during Welcome Week. Details will be sent directly to students by the Office of Student & Academic Services later this summer.

Getting started

Pre-arrival guide for new students

The U-M International Center will continue to provide you with the current information you need to successfully navigate your way here.
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Resource hub

U-M International Center resources

Immigration and visas, taxes and social security, health insurance, life in Ann Arbor, and more.
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Student organization

Global Fordies

Global Fordies is focused on establishing a global and multicultural community of engaged public servants.
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