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.   

All students are encouraged to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine. Many local health providers and pharmacies are providing the vaccine. To find local vaccine clinics and providers, please consult the following sites: 

Please note, the vaccine is completely free of charge for all. 

To share more detailed information about the COVID-19 pandemic, the OIA recently hosted an international student town hall in collaboration with Student Affairs, Graduate Studies, Emergency Management, and University leadership. The town hall too place on Thursday, October 22nd. 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: 04/29/2021

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 

Travel Restrictions Affecting International Students Entering the USA

New and Current Travel Restrictions

A Presidential Proclamation, effective May 4, 2021, restricts entry into the USA of certain nonimmigrant travelers who have been physically present in India. This most recent travel restriction comes in addition to previous Proclamations restricting entry from the following countries: 

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Iran
  • Iceland 
  • The European Schengen Area 
  • The United Kingdom 
  • South Africa 
  • India 

F-1 and J-1 students whose program begins August 1, 2021, or later, are exempt from current travel restrictions and will be allowed to enter the USA direcly even if they have been present in one of the affected countries during the 14 days preceding their travel.  

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test, remain in effect. All air passengers arriving in the USA from a foreign country must provide proof of a negative test no more than 3 days before their flight departs. The CDC has posted an FAQ page which explains the requirement, which has been in effect since Janaury, 2021. 

Updated 04/30/2021


International Travel Guidance for Current 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) 


New International Students: Summer 2021 OIA Immigration Check-in

All new summer 2021 F-1 international students are required to complete the OIA Immigration Check-in process. As part of Immigration Check-in, please complete the following steps:

1. Video Playlist: To help guide new students through the process, we have developed a series of brief videos, being made available to all students via the OIA Immigration Check-in Video Playlist. The videos will provide new F-1 international students with information regarding Immigration Check-in, maintenance of F-1 immigration status, SSNs, Michigan drivers' licenses, campus safety, and more. 

2. Immigration Check-in e-Form: In addition to the video channel, new F-1 international students must also complete the OIA Summer 2021 Immigration Check-in e-Form. The online form must be completed by students after arrival in the USA. The form will enable students to share required information and documents with the OIA. In order to access the eForm, students will have to doenload and install the free UM-Dearborn VPN.

3. Immigration Check-in Virtual Session: For students who were not able to attend the recent Immigration Check-in virtual session, a recording of the session has been made available online. At the virtual session, the OIA covered a variety of important topics for new F-1 international students. 

In addition to the Immigration Check-in recording, all new students are encouraged to review the Health Insurance PowerPoint presentation. The Health Insurance presentation covers important aspects of the international student health insurance plan. Furthermore, the presentation also includes useful information about the ongoing pandemic, COVID-19 vaccinations, and University public health protocols. 

The OIA welcomes all new international students to the USA, and to the University of Michigan-Dearborn! We are thrilled that you are a part of our University. 

DHS Announces International Student Guidelines for the Upcoming 2021/22 Academic Year

DHS has published an update regarding pandemic guidelines for the upcoming 2021/22 academic year. According to the SEVIS Broadcast Message from April 26, 2021, DHS has confirmed that current guidelines will be extended for the upcoming academic year, without any significant changes. This announcement represents an extension of the temporary guidelines that have been in place since March of 2020. 

How will this continue to affect international students? Let's review: 

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 must continue 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. 

This interpretation of the guidelines that will be in place for the upcoming academic year is based on the OIA's current understanding. Should future publications from DHS change our understanding of the impact of these guidelines on F-1 international students, we will update this information. 

The confirmation from DHS that current policy will be extended for the upcoming academic year is a relief that should alleviate some uncertainty and help students plan their course registration for the fall semester. 

Updated 05//04/2021 



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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