International Orientation

International Student Orientation for Fall 2022 will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orientation Overview

Undergraduate Orientation

All SMTD international undergraduate students will complete online orientation activities with the Office of New Student Programs as well as SMTD-specific programming.

Graduate Orientation

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

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 2022 semester starts on August 29, 2022. 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 after you 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.

Required Documents for All International Students
  1. 2022 Financial Resources Statement
  2. Supporting Financial Documents
    • Most common docs submitted and accepted:
      • Bank statements – must include: account holder’s name, account type, statement date (must be dated within 90 days of submission to IC), include bank letterhead or official stamp, if there is a maturity date it must be before the program start date (08/29/2022).
      • Loans – including sanctioned and pre-approved loans. Must include the exact amount that the account holder will be getting and may include a date of disbursement prior to the program start date (08/29/2022).
    • NOT accepting:
      • Investments
      • Property – no real estate, jewelry etc.
  3. Copy of your passport page with biographical information, photograph, and expiration date
Additional Documents for Students Already Attending School in the USA

We also need the following documents from those students who are currently attending school in the United States:

  1. International Student Transfer-in Form
  2. A copy of your most recent I-20
  3. A copy of your most recent I-94
Required Documents for Students with a Sponsor
  1. Completed and signed  Financial Sponsor Affidavit
  2. Official sponsor bank statements with certified translation into English (must include currency conversion from

All visa documents must be correct and received by SMTD Admissions no later than May 31, 2022 in order to enroll for Fall 2022 classes.

  • Who can I contact with questions about the I-20 process?
  • Once I have my I-20 who should I contact about questions regarding my student visa, SEVIS check-in, etc.?
  • How long will it take to process my I-20? How will I know when it’s ready?
    • Processing for I-20s can take up to six weeks once all materials have been submitted (and corrected). Your will receive an email from the U-M International Center prompting you to create a login for the U-M database, MPassport where you’ll be able to download your I-20. You must have a U-M uniqname in order to create an MPassport login after receiving the invitation link.

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