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Student Life


International Students

As the parent or family member of an international student, we encourage you to explore the University of Michigan's International Center, which provides extensive services and information for the international student population. International students are an integral part of the campus community, and the staff members at the International Center can help guide your son or daughter through the complex issues of life in a new country ranging from health insurance to visa and immigration concerns to success in an American classroom. The International Center provides comprehensive information on their website, in their office, and through workshops to assist international students with their adjustment to the University of Michigan community.

Undergraduate international students who are new to the University must participate in International Student Orientation. International Orientation serves as an introduction to the University community, giving your son or daughter information about the variety of services and opportunities at the University of Michigan. During Orientation, your son or daughter will complete all necessary procedures for class registration including placement testing, general information sessions, and academic advising. Orientation also gives them a chance to meet other new students, and talk to current international and American students.

International students are encouraged to participate in student organizations. U-M offers over 1,000 student organizations to enrich the campus experience. International students can find student organizations which focus on their cultural/ethnic affiliation, as well as student organizations that focus on numerous other interest areas such as politics, social justice, theatre, business, communication, community action, and much more. A listing of the student organizations can be found in the Maize Pages.