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

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 Information Regarding Coronavirus and International Students

Coronavirus Campus Updates for International Students and Scholars

UM-Dearborn classes for the summer 2020 semester are currently being offered exclusively through remote learning, with no classes taking place on campus. Furthermore, the University is currently providing student services through remote operations. 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: 

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

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 the University conduct courses for the summer, 2020 semester? 
The University is currently conducting all summer 2020 courses online, through remote learning. Individual instructors will communicate arrangements for each class.

How will the University conduct courses for the fall, 2020 semester? 
No formal announcement has yet been made regarding course format for the fall, 2020 semester. International students may, however, choose to begin fall 2020 courses online from their home countries regardless of whether campus reopens. Students can learn more about online enrollment, here

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. If you choose to depart the USA for the summer, then you will be expected, and required, to return to campus to resume your studies in time for the fall, 2020 semester in order to maintain your immigration status. No formal announcement has yet been made by the University regarding the fall 2020 semester. 

How will online classes affect my visa status?
Last semester, winter 2020 courses all transitioned to an online format in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. In light of the ongoing situation, the switch to online instruction for the previous winter 2020 semester will not have a negative impact on international students' immigration status. In line with recent guidance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), international students were allowed to complete winter 2020 courses online as a temporary accommodation.

If I departed the USA early to complete the winter 2020 semester from my home country, how will this impact my immigration status? 
With the transition to online instruction, many international students chose 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 who departed 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. 

Since the University is continuing to offer 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. Individual instructors will communicate online course arrangements and requirements. Synchronous as opposed to asynchronous learning may vary from one course to another. However, it has been made clear that there will be no on-campus requirements or components for any summer 2020 classes.  

What campus services are still 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:

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 community feedback is being taken under consideration regarding the availability of shuttle services. 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. 

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

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 ( 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.

Upcoming Online Q&A Sessions Open for Registration

Please join us for one of three upcoming online Q&A sessions featuring current international students, and staff from the OIA and the Office of Graduate Studies. Register to attend by completing this online form.

Choose from one of three upcoming dates: 

  • Monday, May 11th, 9-10am EDT
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 924 6729 0496
  • Friday, May 15th, 2-3pm EDT
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 918 6765 5447
    Or, join by phone. Dial-in from India (join by H.323): (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad)
  • Thursday, May 21st, 9-10am EDT
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 995 9427 3595
    Or, join by phone. Dial-in from India (join by H.323): (India Mumbai) (India Hyderabad)

Login details will be sent to all registered individuals at least one day before the event. 

Learn more about enrolling online as an international student, here



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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