All International participants attending classes in person will need to have a J-1 Visa. Assistance with the visa process is not automatic. If it is determined that you meet the needs below we will then be able to assist you with the visa process. Please be advised that the process takes about two months to complete.
- You have the appropriate education or work experience background for the program.
- You have sufficient funding to meet the U.S. Government regulations for the duration of your stay.
- You intend to return home after the program.
- You have adequate English skills.
- You purchase health insurance for your stay in the U.S. (health insurance is coordinated through the UM International Center)
- You are able to submit all required documents in a timely matter. (It can take two months or longer to obtain a J-1 visa. Please allow as much time as possible for the visa process.)
All communication from the Summer Institute will be via email. Failure to respond will jeopardize participation in the program.
International participants may attend the Summer Institute for academic credit or as Summer Scholars. We strongly urge you to consider attendance as a Summer Scholar unless you specifically require academic credit. All participants requiring the Summer Institute assistance to obtain a visa are required to complete the following:
- Submit a current copy of your CV to the Summer Institute office.
- Submit a copy of your passport to the Summer Institute office.
- Send a letter of support from your faculty advisor or employer to the Summer Institute office. The letter of support should contain information on how your background shows you are prepared for your course selection and how you will use the information and knowledge when your return home. This letter must be on university or company letterhead with the recommender’s signature.
- Proof of English language proficiency to both the Summer Institute offices and Shared Services. One of the following: a recognized English language test; signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school; or letter from a professor of English at the scholar’s home institution that has interviewed the scholar and certified that she or he is able to function as a researcher in an English-speaking academic environment, mentored and supervised by our professor in the intended discipline.
- Financial documentation for all non-UM funding source(s) to Shared Services.
- Purchase health insurance for your stay in the US. Health insurance coverage is coordinated through the UM International Center.
- If you have held J-1 or J-2 status within the past two years, legible photocopies
- If you are currently in the US copies of your current immigration documents (latest I-94, visa, I-20/DS-2019)
- Complete the Pre-Arrival Training for J-1 Exchange Visitors online. Instructions will be sent from the University of Michigan’s International Center.
- Upon arrival check in with the Summer Institute office located at 426 Thompson Street, Room 4050.
- Upon arrival complete the Post-Arrival Training for J-1 Exchange Visitors online. Instructions will be sent from the University of Michigan’s International Center.
- Check in with the UM International Center upon arrival in the United States. Attending the Physical Presence check-in session is mandatory after completing the two online trainings. You must wait one day after completion of the online training to attend the Physical Presence check in. Your J-1 Visa status is not official until you have completed this step. Check in will be on a walk-in basis, weekdays from 1:00-4:00 PM. The International Center is located at 1500 Student Activities Building, 515 East Jefferson Street, which is a short walk from the Summer Institute office.
Please note your Summer Institute application will not be processed until we receive all required materials for the visa process. All Visa required materials (expect your passport and CV) are to be submitted to the University of Michigan Shared Services once they have established contact with you.
Once the Summer Institute has received the necessary documentation, including copy of your CV and passport, we will begin your J-1 Visa process with the Shared Services Department and the International Center at the University of Michigan. The UM Shared Services Department will communicate with you regarding your English language proficiency and the additional required materials. Once the UM Shared Services department receives everything that is required for the DS-2019, then they will submit your materials to the International Center. The International Center will then prepare a DS-2019 form, which will be sent to you, and which you will take to your nearest United States embassy or consulate when you go to apply for a J-1 visa. If granted, J-1 visa will then allow you to enter the United States to study. It can sometimes take two months or longer to obtain a J-1 visa, so please allow as much time as possible for the visa process. After you arrive in the United States, you will be required to attend a check-in session at the International Center, during which you will need to purchase health and accident insurance to cover you while you are in the United States.
The J-1 Visa allows for 30 days before the start date and after the end date for traveling needs. We encourage you to use this time to plan your travel to Ann Arbor allowing you to be set to start your participation by June 1, 2020.
SEVIS Fee for Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors
Beginning September 1, 2004 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will collect a congressionally mandated fee to cover the costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
For J-1 exchange visitors, the fee is $180 and must be paid by the applicant, prior to going to the U.S. embassy or consulate for a visa interview.
Please see the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement website for detailed information regarding the purpose of and how to pay this mandatory fee.
Admission for Academic Credit
International applicants who wish to enroll as Summer Guests to obtain academic credit from the University of Michigan, must submit TOEFL or MELAB scores along with their completed application. The TOEFL score for undergraduate credit must be at least 560 with no section score below 56. The MELAB score must be 80 or above for all sections. Students who hold a degree from an institution where the language of instruction is exclusively English are exempt from submitting an English language test score. Information on the MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) will be included with the University of Michigan admissions application sent to international applicants.
Admission Without Academic Credit
International applicants who wish to enroll as Summer Scholars (not for academic credit) at the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques must provide proof of English language proficiency. You will need to provided one of the following: a recognized English language test; signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school; or letter from a professor of English at the scholar’s home institution that has interviewed the scholar and certified that she or he is able to function as a researcher in an English-speaking academic environment, mentored and supervised by our professor in the intended discipline.