University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
University Info | College of Engineering Info | Engineering Exchange Info
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.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: NOT Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted* (Limited courses available to exchange students)
English Proficiency Requirements
- Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 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
Fall Semester or Academic Year only
The University of Michigan cannot accept applications for Winter arrival.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
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).
- Fall: early September to mid-December (with required orientation in August)
- Winter: early January to mid-April
- Spring/Summer: early May to mid-August
- 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
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
The Computer Science 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.
Certain lab-based classes in Mechanical Engineering are also closed to exchange students.
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.
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UM will also be asked to apply via our online application system.
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.
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.
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.
Estimated Cost of Living
The U-M estimated cost of attendance is regularly updated on-line. Please refer to the NON-RESIDENT category:
Local transportation – Campus and local Ann Arbor transportation is free for U-M students
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
International Programs in Engineering | email@example.com
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.