International Orientation Overview

Welcome to the University of Michigan!

We look forward to working with you as you start your journey as a Michigan Wolverine. Orientation is required for all new first-year and transfer, degree-seeking students. Due to the impact of COVID-19, new undergraduate students enrolling in summer and fall terms will complete orientation remotely.

We realize that an online orientation program is not the same as an in-person experience. Nevertheless, we are committed to providing the best online orientation experience possible. You will have an opportunity to learn about campus, meet with an academic advisor, talk with current students and register for your first semester of classes.  

After you have been admitted to UM and paid the $300 EDR, you will receive an email in mid-May to register for an Advising Date.  You will also receive instructions on how to complete the online orientation modules and placement tests prior to your Advising Date.

Academic Advising Dates

Information about International Orientation is emailed at the end of May to the UMICH email accounts of all students who have paid their enrollment deposit.

You are strongly encouraged to apply for your U.S. student visa as soon as possible after you have received your certificate of eligibility document from the University of Michigan. It currently may take significant time for visa processing. Please allow at least a month to plan for your travel to the United States. You should plan to obtain your visa to enable you to arrive on campus before your classes begin. 

Program Fees

The fee for International Orientation 2020 is to be announced. 


Placement Exam Information

Placement exams in chemistry, mathematics, certain languages, and an essay and questions to help you choose your first writing course (a process called Directed Self-Placement for Writing) will be available to take online prior to orientation. All tests are for placement in University of Michigan courses only.  Advisors use the information from the placement exams in conjunction with information from your transcripts and your prior course experience. Students are not expected to study or prepare in advance for the placement exams. 

Placement exams are mandatory if: 

  • you are required to take these subjects by your academic school/college 
  • you wish to continue in these subjects
  • in the case of writing, to help you choose the writing course most appropriate for you

Please visit Online Placement Exams under the Preparing for Orientation link to the left for an explanation of each exam (opening dates, due dates, etc.), as well as links to the exams - information will be available in April.

**Students who need to arrange for extended testing time should complete the online form on the Testing Accommodation Center's website.

Accessibility & Testing Accommodations

Students who need to arrange for extended testing time for on-line placement tests must complete the online request form located on the Testing Accommodation Center website.

Accommodations made during orientation do not reflect how those same accommodations will be made during the school year. It is important that students with disabilities contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible to discuss your school year needs.