Incoming Exchange Program

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Exchange Student Application Process

Fall or Academic Year: December 15
Winter: July 15
Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Michigan as an undergraduate exchange student. Your application consists of three steps: nomination by your home university, review by the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, and final approval by the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Prior to beginning the application process, please consult the international exchange office of your home university for further instructions and eligibility requirements. Consult the Application Instructions Guide for more information.

A completed exchange application contains:

  • Undergraduate Non-Degree Application Part I and Part II (PDF)
  • Official Transcript
  • Proof of English Proficiency: Potential applicants are encouraged to register for the appropriate test early. Test scores should be submitted officially to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Campus by the testing agency.
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Financial Resources Statement
  • Certification of financial support and supporting documents
  • Academics

Exchange students should plan on selecting undergraduate coursework from the College of Literature, Science, and Arts. Applicants should research course options prior to applying, and are encouraged to be specific in their intended plan of study. The Center for Global and Intercultural Study cannot guarantee the courses listed on a student's application, but we will work with students in advance to select an appropriate course schedule. Exchange students are required to register for 12—18 credits per term.


As of April 2014, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions requires the following score ranges:

Test Total Range Requirement Individual Section Requirement
New Internet-based TOEFL 88-106

23 - listening & reading

21 - writing & speaking

Paper-based TOEFL 570-610 57 - each section
Computer-based TOEFL 230-250 23 - each section
Paper-based TOEFL 6.5-7 6.5 - each section
Paper-based TOEFL 80-85 80 - each section


Available Coursework

Students may select undergraduate coursework from LSA. List of available departments.

Please Note: it is often very difficult to guarantee courses in specific departments!

Language of Instruction

All courses are taught in English, unless otherwise indicated.

Students may also select courses from the English Language Institute.

The University of Michigan offers courses in more than 65 languages.

Course Guide

Courses are subject to change each semester.

LSA Course Guide online.


Ann Arbor offers a variety of housing, both on and off campus, to suit a variety of living needs. Prospective exchange students are encouraged to begin researching housing options prior to applying. Students interested in on-campus housing should plan to apply for accommodations as soon as they are notified of acceptance to the exchange program.

On-Campus Residence Halls or Apartments
Approximately 9,700 U-M students (mostly first or second year) reside in traditional residence halls, which emphasize community living. U-M offers 16 residence hall options, ranging in size from 75 to 1,350 residents. Meal plans are available to students living on or off campus. Spaces may be limited for Fall or Academic Year exchanges.

Michigan Learning Communities
Specializing in academic or co-curricular themes, Michigan Learning Communities are a specialized type of residence hall. Michigan Learning Communities required additional application processes. Although typically limited to first year students, Michigan Learning Communities such as the Global Scholars Program are open to exchange students.

Off-Campus Housing
Off-campus housing throughout the city of Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti is a popular choice offering independence for third or fourth year students. Costs, locations, and amenities may vary. Options for short-term leases (8 or 4 months) may be limited.

Inter-Cooperative Council Houses
Many exchange students choose to live in co-ops owned and operated by house members. Located near central and north campus, houses range in size from 12 to 85 members. Co-ops are a popular choice of graduate and international students. Short-term leases (8 or 4 months) are typically available.

Telluride House Special Room and Board Scholarship Opportunity
Telluride Association provides a residential community at U-M, called Telluride House, which is committed to establishing a vibrant living-learning experience that supports democratic ideals of governance, provides a stimulating intellectual environment, and promotes commitment to public service. House members are undergraduate and graduate students, and are joined in residence by Faculty Fellows from several fields. Academic Year students are invited to apply by February 22, 2011.