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  • Locations: Ann Arbor, MI, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Marine, Materials Science, Mechanical, Naval Architecture, Nuclear, Operations, Radiological
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

University Info   |   College of Engineering Info   |   International Programs in Engineering


The University was founded in 1817 as one of the first public universities in the country and the Ann Arbor campus was established in 1837. When the first classes were taught in 1841, U-M had two professors and seven students. Today, the university has grown to include over 9,000 instructional staff and over 55,000 students across 28 schools and colleges on three campuses. It is a major research institution and is considered one of the original eight Public Ivies.

Michigan's size provides resources for students not available at smaller schools. These include one of the largest library systems in the world, extensive computing resources, opportunities to work with faculty on research projects, special interest programs, and a diverse student body from around the world. With a distinctive combination of premier scholars, international reach and multidisciplinary achievement, the University of Michigan, College of Engineering is a global leader in engineering education and research.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : Accepted* (Limited courses available to exchange students)


Fall Semester or Academic Year only

The University of Michigan cannot accept applications for Winter arrival.

NOTE: The University of Michigan runs on a trimester system. The Fall (September-December) and Winter (January-April) terms are considered the main academic year, while the Spring/Summer (May-August) is the vacation term. The Spring/Summer term can further be divided into two half terms: Spring (May and June) and Summer (July and August).


English Proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores are required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Minimum TOEFL scores: 

  • Paper-based - 570 with section scores of at least 57
  • Internet-based - 88 with section scores of at least 23 in reading and listening, and at least 21 in writing and speaking. 

Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 with section scores of at least 6.5

Minimum MELAB score: 80 with section scores of at least 80

Disciplines Available:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science Engineering (limited courses available to exchange students)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Operations Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (certain lab-based classes are closed to exchange students)
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
Note about Computer Science courses: this department is heavily oversubscribed, and therefore it may be difficult for exchange students to take many Computer Science courses during their time at UM. Students interested in this department should be prepared with alternative course options from other departments.

Additional application materials?

Students who are nominated through Global E3 will also be asked to apply via our online application system.

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Admitted exchange students will receive an official letter from the College of Engineering confirming admission, tuition support, and duration of stay. Admission letters will be sent to students on a rolling basis usually within 60 days of the application deadline.


Semester Dates

  • Fall : early September to mid-December (with required orientation in August)
  • Winter: early January to mid-April
  • Spring/Summer : early May to mid-August

The University of Michigan runs on a trimester system. The Fall and Winter terms are considered the main academic year, while the Spring/Summer is the vacation term. The Spring/Summer term can further be divided into two half terms: Spring (May and June) and Summer (July and August).

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

International students in F-1 or J-1 status must maintain full-time enrollment. During the academic year, undergraduate students must take 12 credits per semester.

Grading System

Letter Grade Meaning Honor Points
A+   4.0
A Excellent 4.0
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B Good 3.0
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
C-   1.7
D+   1.3
D Poor 1.0
D-   0.7
E Not Passed 0.0

Academic Transcripts


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

A limited number of on-campus housing spots are available to exchange students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Housing applications will be sent electronically once students are admitted and confirmed in the U-M system.  Many exchange students also choose to live in Cooperative houses or independent apartments or rooms near campus.

When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?

Students who sign a lease with University Housing are permitted to move in on the designated move-in days set by the UM Housing Office.  Some early housing for orientation periods is available on-campus during the last two weeks of August. Independent apartments and co-ops have negotiable start dates.


Entry Visa

For information about visas, please visit  the international center. GE3 exchange students can request an F-1 or J-1 visa.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

If you are an F-1 or J-1 international student whose Form I-20 or DS-2019 was issued by the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), you are required to have health insurance coverage while at the University of Michigan. Health insurance coverage is coordinated through the U-M International Center and the cost of coverage will be billed directly to the student.

The University of Michigan does NOT require any immunizations or a health check in order for you to attend school. Also, the U.S. government does NOT require you to have immunizations or tests in order to obtain your F-1 or J-1 visa. However, the University Health Service (UHS) does recommend certain immunizations. As of Fall 2006, the University of Michigan does require certain entering international students to be screened for tuberculosis (TB) upon arrival to campus. The University Health Service has detailed information on this requirement. Screening will be free, confidential and any necessary treatment will have minimal cost.


When should I arrive?

All incoming exchange students are required to attend an orientation program, which is generally held during the week before classes begin (usually late August). Students should plan to arrive no later than one day before the start of orientation.

Orientation and arrival dates will be posted on the IPE website as soon as they become available (usually in May)

Is airport reception available?

No. Metro Airport (DTW) in Detroit, Michigan is the closest airport. It is approximately 25 miles from the University of Michigan campus. Try to plan travel so you will arrive during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm). This will make it easier for you to find transportation to campus and to utilize any of the university services you might need.

Is there any bank on campus?

Yes, there are several banks both on and near campus


The U-M estimated cost of attendance is regularly updated on-line. Please refer to the NON-RESIDENT category: 

Food/meals - information on dining options and meal plans

Housing - Costs will vary by student's personal housing choices.

Local transportation

Campus and local Ann Arbor transportation is free for U-M students

Academic expenses (e.g., books, stationery) Please refer to U-M cost of attendance, listed above.

Personal expenses Please refer to U-M cost of attendance, listed above.


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

International Programs in Engineering


The city of Ann Arbor, named after the spouses of the city's founders and for the stands of trees in the area has a population of about 100,000. The city is nationally rated as one of the most livable and green communities in the United States. Ann Arbor is located within a one-hour drive of Detroit and about five hours from Chicago and Toronto.

Ann Arbor strikes an ideal balance between being a cosmopolitan city, rich in culture and entertainment, and a vibrant college town that attracts students from all over the country and the world. Ann Arbor is a diverse community, creating an exciting melting pot of cultural and political views.

The University is located just a short walk from downtown Ann Arbor, where you'll find live music venues, art galleries and museums, sidewalk cafés and eclectic shops. If you have a passion for the great outdoors, you can bike, hike, boat, fish and canoe, all within minutes of campus.

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