Please visit the Coronavirus information site for the latest updates regarding UM-Dearborn's COVID-19 response.

University of Michigan-Dearborn leaders have been working with University of Michigan officials and health professionals to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 over the past several months.

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. 

Use this page to get more information and answers regarding travel and study abroad.

Travel and Study Abroad

Is UM-Dearborn Restricting International or Domestic Travel?

U-M has suspended all international and domestic air travel until further notice, with rare exceptions requiring approval.

I’ve traveled domestically in the past 14 days to an area with sustained community transmission of COVID‑19, should I self-quarantine or self-monitor?

Those returning from travel in the past 14 days to areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to self-observe for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


What changes has UM-Dearborn made to university travel and study abroad programs in light of the COVID-19 outbreak?

All UM-Dearborn study abroad programs will be altered or suspended.

COVID-19 cases are growing in many places, and we want to be sure our students can get medical care that meets their needs, especially as more countries face stress in their health care systems. Students in each study abroad program will have unique needs and considerations as we make plans to bring them home. We are working through those, including safety, location, ability to travel, and disruption to academic progress. We will work with the students to assist them with arrangements and academic accommodations, including credit for their coursework.

We are also canceling UM-Dearborn study abroad programs scheduled for the spring semester and will decide about programs that start July 1 or thereafter in the coming weeks when we have better information. This follows the previous cancellation of all university-related travel to and study abroad programs in countries with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Level 3 Travel Warning. Level 3 countries currently include: China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy. We continue to closely monitor conditions overseas.

For canceled programs or individual withdrawals, please speak with your professor and academic advisor to identify opportunities to meet your academic credit needs.  

You can also view all U-M Travel Warning and Restriction destinations on Global Michigan:


I was supposed to participate in the summer study abroad trip to Italy, that has been cancelled, what should I do?

The University of Michigan (U-M) has recommended that all study abroad programs be canceled at this time. We know this is a great disappointment for many of you, so we thank you in advance for your understanding that your safety is our main priority.


Relevant tuition, registration fees, and program fees that have not been committed to vendors, or are refundable, will be returned to participants for any program that has been canceled.   

For other expenses, such as airline ticket cancelation fees, non-refundable housing payments, or program fees that have been committed to vendors, UM-Dearborn is looking into possibilities to reimburse students (including current UM-Dearborn students, persons registered for the relevant course, or guest students) whose programs were canceled.

Airline Tickets

For those who purchased their tickets, please find links below to common carrier’s response to Coronavirus refunds. 

Already Awarded Scholarships and Aid

For UM-Dearborn students in canceled programs who have already been awarded scholarships or financial aid for the summer study abroad program, it appears that regulations require that those funds need to be retracted.

Awarded Aid That Has Not Yet Disbursed: For UM-Dearborn students in canceled programs or who have chosen to withdraw from a program, all awarded aid for study abroad programs will be rescinded.  

Non-Refundable Expenses

Information on already incurred, non-refundable expenses will be shared soon.  

If you have other questions or concerns, please contact Scott Riggs, Director of Global Engagement, 313-583-6662 or

I have plans to travel internationally. Can I still go?

We are suspending all UM-Dearborn international travel until further notice, with rare exceptions requiring approval. Personal international travel is also discouraged. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. For more information please visit the U.S. Department of State travel page

If I need to travel for personal reasons, what should I do?

All international travel at this time is discouraged. While the International Travel Policy SPG 601.31 does not regulate personal travel, all faculty, staff and students on personal travel are discouraged from traveling to these areas. If personal travel to these countries is essential, you should:

  1. Review the “Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus” to understand how traveling internationally may affect your ability to re-enter the U.S.
  2. Review the U-M Travel Restrictions on Global Michigan, the CDC Novel Coronavirus alerts, and the routinely updated CDC 2019-nCoV Situation Summary to double-check that your destination isn’t under quarantine.
  3. Register your travel.
  4. Contact the Global Engagement Team at to discuss any travel concerns.
  5. Enroll in the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance with GeoBlue.

Follow the CDC’s travel advice for those areas and consult with a doctor prior to travel if you have any health-related concerns.

  • Avoid traveling while sick (traveling with a fever from an unrelated condition could result in increased screenings and other travel issues).
  • Expect additional screenings at airports and transit hubs – allow for extra travel time.
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  • Practice good hygiene through frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environments.
  • Prevent close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals.

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