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.
Important Information Regarding Coronavirus and International Students
In recent campus communications, it was announced that all UM-Dearborn classes for the remainder of the winter, 2020 semester and for the upcoming summer, 2020 semesters would switch to online instruction. Further announcements have been made concerning the transition of many student services and campus offices to remote operations. Please note, during the period of remote operations the OIA is accepting all international student and scholar paperwork, applications, and documentation via email: UMDOIA-International@umich.edu.
The below announcement from the Office of International Affairs (OIA) provides clarification on how recent University changes may affect international students. This site will continue to be updated regularly, as new details become available. For further information, please consult the UM-Dearborn Coronavirus website, as well.
Please note, if you are considering returning home to complete the current semester remotely, take all the below information under careful consideration before finalizing your decision. There are still many unknown factors and considerations that are out of our control in this rapidly changing situation.
New, incoming international students can learn more about immigration paperwork processing and F-1 student visa applications on the Incoming International Students webpage.
How will final exams be handled this Winter, 2020 semester?
The University has formally announced that all final exams will be conducted remotely. Individual instructors will communicate final exam arrangements for each class. Students considering an early departure are encouraged to consult with their professors regarding online course requirements before making final decisions.
Can I travel home and complete my courses online from there?
At the moment, even if you are able to return home and access courses online, there may be difficulty in re-entering the USA to resume your program of study. There is no guarantee that the remaining courses to complete your program will continue to be offered online. For the current semester, if you are able to complete all course requirements, in the new online format, while making normal progress toward the completion of your degree program, then an early departure will not have a negative impact on your immigration status. You will be expected, and required, to return to campus to resume your studies in time for the fall, 2020 semester.
How will online classes affect my visa status?
In light of the ongoing situation, switching to online instruction for the remainder of the current semester will not have a negative impact on your immigration status. In line with recent guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), international students are being allowed to complete current courses online as a temporary accommodation until in-person classes resume.
With the transition to online instruction, many international students are choosing to depart the USA and return home early, before the conclusion of the winter, 2020 semester. With respect to early departures, DHS has announced that students choosing to depart early as a result of the Coronavirus public health emergency will not be held accountable to the so-called "5-month rule." Therefore, although some students may be away from the USA for over 5 months, they will experience no negative impact on their F-1 student status as long as they are able to return to the USA to resume their program of study for fall, 2020.
If the University is considering offering courses online for the summer, can I continue to take courses and exams online?
The University has announced that Summer I and II courses will be moved to remote delivery. There are still numerous details to finalize and students will receive additional information, in the near future.
What campus services are still going to be available?
For the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, and in light of Michigan Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order, campus buildings have closed while services and offices have converted to remote operations. The Office of International Affairs (OIA) has temporarily suspended walk-in hours and in-person appointments. The OIA, however, continues to provide student and scholar services, remotely. All international students and scholars should direct questions, and submit applications and paperwork, to the OIA email: email@example.com.
At this time, we recommend that all students avoid visiting campus for any non-essential activities. This recommendation is an effort to comply with social distancing recommendations and to promote public health and safety.
Will there still be access to transportation to campus and to other off-campus destinations?
The shuttle schedule is currently being revised and will be updated on the website. Please consult the UM-Dearborn Shuttle website for updated information regarding routes and hours of operation.
I'm feeling anxious about this situation. Who can I talk with?
Please reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
For more information about self-isolation best practices, and updated University information, please consult the campus Coronavirus Information Page.
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.
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 OIA
Next, as soon as you become sick, or aware of a sick friend or roommate, you should immediately notify the Office of International Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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:
- Your name (and the name of the sick student, if you are contacting the OIA on someone else’s behalf)
- Place of residence
- Number of roommates at residence
- Symptoms that the sick individual is experiencing
- 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Required documentation
- Health insurance
- Check in and orientation
- Immigration and Visa support
- Find work
- Discover community, clubs and mentorships
- Two-Year Home-Country Requirement
English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP)
Are you seeking academic experiences outside the U.S.? We help students explore global learning opportunities.