International Students

University of Michigan-Dearborn leaders have been working with University of Michigan officials and health professionals to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.  

Our goals are to deliver on our mission while protecting health and safety by minimizing the potential spread of the disease, both within our community and in the broader society. 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn has released its formal plan for the upcoming winter semester of 2022 which will consist of a blend of online, in-person, and hybrid courses. For detailed information including safety precautions, student services, vaccination and testing requirements, and more, please visit the main UM-Dearborn COVID-19 website and specifically the winter 2022 page.  

The below FAQs from the Office of International Affairs (OIA) provide clarification on how ongoing University changes may affect international students and scholars.

Ongoing developments and the most up-to-date information affecting international students is available at the OIA Important Updates page

A recording of the recent OIA Winter 2022 Information Session has been made available online. Hosted on November 9, 2021, the Info Session covers detailed information regarding the University vaccine requirement, immigration regulations, on-campus safety protocols, and important pre-departure information. 


FAQs for Continuing International Students, Winter Term of 2021

These FAQs apply only to continuing students who have been physically present in the USA since the publication of the original SEVP COVID-19 guidelines of March, 2020. If you are a newly admitted F-1 international student, or if you have recently entered the USA after March 2020, please refer to our FAQs for New International Students, 2020/21 Academic Year, below.

(Last revised 09/28/2020)

FAQs for New International Students, Academic Year 2020/21

These FAQs apply to: 

  1. New international students who will enter the USA on a new F-1 visa, and enroll at UM-Dearborn for the first time, in the upcoming winter 2021 semester
  2. International students who entered the USA for the first time, on a new F-1 visa, after March 2020  

If you are a continuing international student who has been in the country since the onset of the pandemic (March 2020), please refer to our FAQs for Continuing International Students, above. For the purpose of these FAQs, “continuing” includes students who were on “active” F-1 visas at other institutions, or in another immigration status, maintaining physical presence in the USA since March of 2020.


(Last revised 09/28/2020)


FAQs for International Students, Winter Semester of 2022

These FAQs, developed by the Office of International Affairs (OIA),  are designed to provide clarity and alleviate concern regarding temporary immigration regulations, vaccination requirements, and how they will affect F-1 and J-1 international students for the upcoming winter term of 2022.

The DHS In-person Requirement 
Current immigration regulations, as published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with regard to the 2021/22 academic year, affect international students differently depending on when they began their studies in the USA. 

International F-1 students who have been in the USA since before March, 2020 will be allowed to take as many online classes as necessary during the upcoming academic year, even up to an entirely online course load. Furthermore, these students may continue to maintain "active" F-1 status while enrolling full-time from abroad. 

F-1 students who arrived in the USA after March, 2020 are required to maintain physical presence at the University and enroll in at least one hybrid course with required in-person components. These students cannot enroll in an entirely online course schedule. 

The interpretation of current DHS requirements reflected in the following FAQ is based on the OIA's current understanding. Should future publications from DHS change our understanding, we will update this information accordingly. 

The COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
All UM-Dearborn students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The deadline to get into compliance with the vaccination requirement is January 3, 2022

To be in compliance with the vaccine requirement, individuals must report proof of vaccine by submitting information via the COVID-19 Vaccination Completed form. International students can submit documentation now, before even arriving in the USA. 

If the vaccine is not readily available in your home country, and you are unable to get into compliance by the University deadline, please submit a Request for Temporary Postponement as soon as possible. 

In addition to the UM-Dearborn requirement, the USA government also requires all international air travelers, including F-1 and J-1 students and scholars, to show proof of vaccination agains COVID-19 to enter the USA. 

Updated 11/12/2021

We hope that this information helps alleviate some of the concern and uncertainty regarding the current Coronavirus situation. Do not hesitate to contact the OIA if you have further questions or concerns.