Office of International Affairs


When you become a student at UM-Dearborn, you join a thriving international community. Here you will find engaging faculty, academic challenge, and new experiences.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is here to help you transition to student life in the United States and to support you during your stay. From the time you are admitted until after you graduate, we will help you get the most out of your American higher education experience. 

UM-Dearborn students represent 83 birth countries

UM-Dearborn students represent 83 birth countries.

Important Updates from the OIA

Coronavirus Campus Updates & FAQs for International Students and Scholars

Please visit the new International Students page of the University COVID-19 website to access updated FAQs for continuing and new international students. 

UM-Dearborn has made the formal announcement that most winter 2021 courses will be offered through remote learning, with very few exceptions taking place on campus. Furthermore, during the current fall 2020 semester, the University continues providing student services through remote operations as well. Please note, during the period of remote operations the Office of International Affairs (OIA) is accepting all international student and scholar paperwork, applications, and documentation via email: Although the physical OIA location at the Union remains closed, OIA advisors are available for virtual student and scholar advising appointments. Schedule your appointment by following the link, below. 

Learn more about the University's instructional plan for winter 2021 on the official UM-Dearborn COVID-19 website

(Last revised 09/28/2020)

Enhanced Social Distancing Procedures for Students Arriving from International Locations

International students arriving on campus directly from international locations must observe a 14-day period of enhanced social distancing. Enhanced social distancing means that you will remain in your residence, avoiding public places and contact with others, as much as possible. You should venture beyond your place of residence only when absolutely essential (eg. when needing to obtain food, groceries, or toiletries without alternate options) and only when wearing a face covering and maintaining distance from others.

The 14-day quarantine timeline begins when you arrive, and should be done in your residence.

Enhanced social distancing advice is being developed in response to policy for international travelers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While individuals arriving from international locations are encouraged to stay home as much as possible during the 14-day period following their arrival in the USA, you may still attend class, go to work, and go out for essentials during this period, and you may use public transportation to get to your destinations. 

The University is pleased to provide all international students with a Dearborn restaurants guide to facilitate the period of enhanced social distancing. The guide includes contactless food pickup and delivery options that will hopefully help to ease your transition to the USA. Do not hesitate to contact the OIA if you have questions (  

During this 14-day period, individuals are encouraged to monitor their health, reduce contact with others, and follow guidance consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These include the following, to the best of your ability:

  • Taking your temperature two times a day and monitoring for fever.
  • Watching for cough, trouble breathing or additional COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Staying home and avoiding contact with others outside of your home, including not going to work, school or social gatherings.
  • Avoiding public transportation, taxis or ride-shares.
  • Maintaining a physical distance from others (about 6 feet).
  • Wearing a face covering when in public settings or while interacting with others outside of the home.

If you are displaying symptoms of illness, stay home - do not come to campus. Please call 313-593-5056 to alert the University so that we can connect you with appropriate resources, monitor your progress, and provide support. Additionally, please also notify the OIA. 

You are encouraged to reach out to a medical provider if you have questions about recent COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.

(Last revised 08/24/2020)

What to Do if You, or Someone You Know, Becomes Sick

COVID-19 reporting and resources are available for all students:
COVID-19 Support Line: 313-593-5056
COVID-19 Support Email:

The following information regards what to do if you, or someone you know, becomes ill and begins showing symptoms of COVID-19. 

Getting Help and Self-isolation 
Students who begin showing symptoms should not immediately visit a hospital or healthcare provider in person. Instead, sick students should first speak with a doctor on the phone. There is useful information regarding first steps and self-isolation best practices on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

Notify the University, and Notify the OIA
Next, as soon as you become sick, or aware of a sick friend or roommate, you should immediately notify the University by calling the University's COVID-19 line at 313-593-5056 or emailing Also, please notify the Office of International Affairs ( The OIA is available to answer questions and provide support, however possible. When you notify the OIA, please include the following information in your message:

  1. Your name (and the name of the sick student, if you are contacting the OIA on someone else’s behalf) 
  2. Place of residence 
  3. Number of roommates at residence 
  4. Symptoms that the sick individual is experiencing 
  5. Any measures taken, so far, to begin self-isolation

Sick students must self-isolate, and should plan to stay at their place of residence. It is best practice for sick students to shelter in place while roommates make arrangements to temporarily relocate. This will help the affected student successfully self-isolate. Please notify the OIA if alternate accommodations have already been identified. If not, the University may be able to assist students in securing temporary housing. 

University Assistance 
Students should consult the Emergency Resources website to learn about how the University may be able to provide financial assistance during this difficult time. The University has established emergency funds to help students overcoming difficulties related to COVID-19. 

Local Healthcare
The Henry Ford Hospital-Fairlane is the hospital located closest to campus. The hospital has established a hotline for potential COVID-19 patients: 313.874.1055. 

Please, follow the guidelines set forth on the UM-Dearborn Coronavirus Information webpage, as well as the helpful guidance published by the CDC, to navigate this difficult and unusual situation. The Hospital hotline will be able to provide specific information regarding next steps and whether you should plan to visit a testing location, or whether it is advisable for you to continue self-isolating and monitoring your health situation from home. 

In the meantime, please keep the OIA up to date regarding your situation and how the University may be able to help.

COVID-19 Support Resources for International Students

The OIA is committed to sharing COVID-19 resources with all UM-Dearborn international students and scholars. This includes information about the virus, how it spreads, and what everyone can do to keep themselves, and their community, healthy and safe as we navigate this pandemic together.   

In collaboration with Student Affairs, Graduate Studies, Emergency Management, and University leadership, the OIA hosted an International Student Wellness Town Hall on Thursday, October 22nd from 8-9pm. A recording of the Town Hall is available online

The Town Hall shares information with students about influenza as well as COVID-19 and features a wealth of information on student resources, health and safety practices, and prevention strategies to help minimize the spread of illness this academic year. Here are some of the useful links that are referenced throughout the presentation:


Last Updated: 01/22/2021

Announcing More Reliable High-speed Access for UM-Dearborn Students Studying Remotely from China

New for the 2020/21 academic year, UM-Dearborn students studying remotely from China can use MLane for more reliable, fast-speed access to UM-Dearborn teaching and learning tools and resources. Tools include Adobe, Zoom, Canvas, DropBox, Duo, MiVideo/Kaltura, and more. Learn here about how to configure MLane on your device. MLane is free to current UM-Dearborn students. 

New Online Video Resource from the OIA for Current International Students

The OIA is pleased to announce that we have launched a new online video channel for current UM-Dearborn international students.

OIA Video Channel for Current Dearborn International Students 

The video channel can be accessed, with your UM credentials, through MiVideo. it includes content, created by OIA staff, on topics such as OPT, CPT, Social Security Numbers (SSNs), and Michigan Drivers' License Applications. The OIA plans to add more content, soon, in hope that the new video channel can serve as an important and helpful resource for Dearborn international students. 

Updated: January 22, 2021 

Restrictions for Travelers Entering the USA from International Locations

On January 12, 2021, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) issued an order requiring all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country to be tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This order will go into effect on January 26, 2021, and the CDC has posted an FAQ page which explains the new requirement.

This new requirement is in addition to the existing physical presence bans limiting travel from certain countries.  Students from Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland can still enter the United States with proof of a negative COVID-19 test if they are F-1 students or J-1 students who have obtained a national interest exception (NIE).


Pre-departure Information Session for New F-1 International Students, Summer 2021

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) recently hosted a Virtual Pre-departure Session for new summer 2021 international students, on April 2nd. A recording of the Pre-departure session has been made available online. 

The OIA looks forward to welcoming new international students this summer to the University and the USA! 

International Travel Guidance for International Students

The OIA provides the following guidance for international F-1 and J-1 students and scholars who may be considering returning home, or other international travel, during the upcoming summer.  

Please note, DHS has still not issued new immigration regulation updates for the upcoming fall semester of 2021. Information for international students on the UM-Dearborn COVID-19 website is based on the most recently available guidance. However, this information is subject to change pending potential future updates from DHS. The OIA will update online resources for international students as new information becomes available. Furthermore, the OIA will contact new and continuing international students directly if DHS updates guidance for the upcoming fall semester. 

International students and scholars are strongly advised to take the following considerations seriously as they finalize travel plans:

  • Ensure that your required documentation is in order before the date of your return to the USA
    • A current passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity from the date of your return 
    • A current, unexpired visa 
    • A current and valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 
  • Familiarize yourself with current travel restrictions that might potentially disrupt your return to the USA 
    • Travel restrictions may change over the coming months. Therefore, it is good practice to check updates regularly as your date of return to the USA approaches. 
    • When purchasing airfare, consider the need for flexibility. It is good to have airfare that enables you to make changes or cancellations, or which is refundable. Unexpected changes to travel restrictions may disrupt even the best-laid travel plans.
  • The ongoing pandemic continues to present unique and changing challenges for international travel. We urge you to carefully consider the potential risks involved as you make the decision about whether this is the right time to travel internationally. 

Considerations Regarding OPT 

  • If you plan to apply for OPT, please note that you must be physically present in the USA at the time of your application. OPT applications cannot be submitted from abroad. 

Traveling Within the USA 

  • There are unique and additional considerations for which you will need to plan if you want to travel within the USA. 

Please note, many state and local governments have travel restrictions in place. Consult the CDC Travel Planner page to learn about travel restrictions around the USA.

Please feel free to contact the OIA if you have questions about any of these considerations. 

(Last revised 04/14/2021) 



The OIA employs international student advisors to help you understand—and comply with—rules and procedures associated with your F-1 or J-1 status. OIA advisors do not work for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They are employed by the University to assist you and to serve as designated school officials (DSOs). Our advisors hold individual appointments and immigration workshops throughout the year. We can also help with other issues—if we do not know the answer, we know where to send you to get the right answer.

How we can help

Start here for information about how to: 

Prepare to come to the United States

  • Required documentation
  • Health insurance
  • Transportation

Arrive on campus

  • Check in and orientation

Navigate campus life as an International Student

  • Immigration and Visa support
  • Find work 
  • Discover community, clubs and mentorships

Visit with a J-1 visa

  • Two-Year Home-Country Requirement
  • Departure/Check-Out
  • Reinstatement

Improve your English

  • English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP)

Study abroad

Are you seeking academic experiences outside the U.S.? We help students explore global learning opportunities.

Office of International Affairs

Room 108
The Union at Dearborn
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