Once a program or activity has been chosen and applications have been accepted, there is still a lot to do in preparing to travel out of the country. Below are several steps to help you successfully prepare for your trip.
1. Register on the U-M International Travel Registry Website
- Students, faculty and staff from all U-M campuses who travel abroad for University-related purposes must enter their itineraries and travel plans in the U-M Travel Registry. This online database facilitates communication in the event of an emergency. Note: Some U-M sponsored programs will register you and purchase your insurance coverage as part of a group – check with program staff before you register yourself. Even if your travel is not sponsored by U-M, registration is strongly advised so that you have the protection of U-M emergency support and travel health coverage.
- To learn more and complete a registration for international travel, visit U-M International Travel Registry.
2. Purchase Travel Abroad Health Insurance
- Effective September 1, 2011, students, faculty and staff from all U-M campuses who travel abroad for University-related purposes must have U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance. (University-related purposes include study, research, business, conferences, internships, work and volunteer activities.)
- The U-M contracts with HTH Worldwide, a leader in international travel health insurance, to provide this coverage. U-M’s HTH institutional policy is among the most comprehensive travel coverage available, including mental health services and even evacuation in the event of a political crisis. It is also extremely inexpensive ($5 to register and $1.10 per day.)
- Please see University Health Service-Travel Abroad Insurance for instructions and more information.
3. Review Pre-Departure Checklists
- The following checklist, provided by the U-M International Center, covers essential practical advice for successful global travel (e.g. passports, visas, inoculations, etc.): Pre-Departure Checklist
4. Get Credits Pre-Approved for Transfer
- Students participating in a study abroad program administered by the School of Nursing, the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) or another U-M academic unit will most likely earn in-residence U-M credit which appears on their transcript as U-M coursework without any transfer process involvement. Students on these programs remain registered at U-M while they are abroad.
- Students participating in a program offered through another accredited educational institution or an outside study abroad provider should meet with their academic advisors in OSAMS (Room 1160 SNB, firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-5985, to schedule an appointment) to have the classes pre-evaluated for transfer credit. For the consultation meeting, students should bring the course description and the syllabus for each class they would like to transfer.
- Whether selecting a U-M administered program or that of another accredited educational institution, students should meet with their academic advisor to determine if credits earned abroad can apply towards specific degree requirements.