International Orientation

International Student Orientation for Fall 2018 will take place from Monday, August 27 to Friday, August 31.

Orientation Overview

Undergraduate Orientation

All SMTD international undergraduate students spend the first three days with the Office of New Student Programs, then join us for SMTD-specific programming.

Graduate Orientation

Graduate students will complete SEVIS processing on campus as part of orientation, then complete the placement tests and programming for all SMTD graduate students.

Visa Processing

If you are not a U.S. citizen and will need an F-1 visa, the U-M is required by U.S. government regulations to obtain documentation that proves you have adequate financial resources to pay your expenses for the duration of your program. Please select your academic area to learn more about the visa process.

The Fall 2018 semester starts on September 4. Students should arrange travel so that they arrive no more than 30 days prior to that date.

International undergraduate students will be contacted by the Office of New Student Programs regarding the orientation and visa process.

SMTD will prepare the immigration documents separately from your offer of admission. You will be required to submit a Financial Resource Statement, which will be sent or emailed to you if you decide to accept an offer of admission. You will need to submit certified documents of financial support in English. All of the required documents are listed on the Financial Resource Statement. It will be prepared using the U.S. Government SEVIS system. All of this must take place in the summer before the first semester begins.

If you are currently attending another institution in the United States and plan to enroll at the University of Michigan, you must also complete an International Student Transfer-in Form.

Required Documents
Additional Documents for Transfer-in Students

Transfer-in students are international students who are already attending a US institution. We also need the following documents from those students:

All visa documents must be correct and received by SMTD Admissions no later than July 6, 2018 in order to enroll for Fall 2018 classes.

Typically, the period of study for a Master’s or Specialist degree is two years.

International students in MA, MFA, DMA or PhD programs will be contacted by the Rackham Graduate School regarding the visa process.

Other Resources for International Students

The U-M International Center

U.S. Department of State