Once a program 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. 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.
2. 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
- The following checklist has been prepared especially for individual researchers traveling abroad: Pre-departure Checklist for Individual Researchers.
3. 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.
- Please see University Health Service-Travel Abroad Insurance for instructions and more information.
4. Register on the U-M International Travel Registry Website
- Effective September 1, 2011, 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.
- To learn more and complete a registration for international travel, visit U-M International Travel Registry.