Important Information for New International Students in the U.S. in a Non-immigrant Status Other Than F-1

Primary Visa (for example, TN and H-1B)

Now that you have been admitted to UDM on a non-immigrant primary visa other than F-1 (but not B-1; see below...), you may make an advising and registration appointment with an academic advisor. It is requested that, prior to enrolling in your courses, you report to UDM's International Services Office (ISO) so that we may know of your attendance at UDM. The ISO is located on the ground floor of the Reno Hall Building on the McNichols Campus. You may come between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For a map of the McNichols Campus and directions, click here. Bring your current visa, passport, and I-94 card. We will photocopy your immigration documents and take your picture for our records. You will sign up for the University’s required health insurance plan (if needed).

Dependent Visa (for example, TD and H-4)

Now that you have been admitted to UDM on a non-immigrant dependent visa other than B-2 or F-2 (see below...), the first thing that you need to do is to report to UDM's International Services Office (ISO) so that we may know of your attendance at UDM. The ISO is located on the ground floor of the Reno Hall Building on the McNichols Campus. You may come between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For a map of the McNichols Campus and directions, click here. Bring your current visa, passport, and I-94 card. We will photocopy your immigration documents and take your picture for our records. You will sign up for the University’s required health insurance plan (if needed).

Also, understand that a major purpose of the ISO is to assess your English proficiency level to ensure as best we can that you will have no unnecessary difficulty in your academic coursework due to poor English comprehension and conversational abilities. Therefore, we expect you to either show satisfactory English language proficiency according to the criteria established by our University as indicated on UDM's Website, or we provide the required English proficiency testing via the ACT Compass ESL test.

If you submitted documentation to the admissions counselor prior to your admissions that indicated you met one of the criteria outlined on the UDM Website or, if you bring passing TOEFL or IELTS scores to the Campus with you when you report to ISO, you will be immediately allowed to meet with an academic advisor to register for academic coursework. Otherwise, we will provide you the required English proficiency testing via the ACT Compass ESL test and register you according to the test results.

TUBERCULOSIS (TB) SKIN TEST

The University requires all international students have a TB skin test performed at the University Health Center when they arrive on campus. Students born and raised in Canada may present evidence of a TB test performed within the last twelve months in lieu of the test administered by the University. Bring the test results (if applicable) to the ISO when you report to Campus.

HOUSING AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS

University-sponsored housing is only available on the McNichols Campus, and we can only house admitted students. If you plan to live on the UDM McNichols Campus, you are strongly advised to make arrangements for housing before you arrive. Applications for housing should be submitted online for the Fall (September) Term no later than July 14; for the Winter (January) Term, no later than December 1; and for the May Term, no later than April 7. All applications will be processed and students who submit a residence hall contract will be expected to live in the halls for the academic year. If you have questions about on-campus housing before your arrival to UDM, contact the International Admissions Counselor. If you plan to move into your dorm on campus prior to the date as indicated at item #5 on page one of your I-20, let your admissions counselor know in as much advanced time as possible so that your housing on campus may be ready for your arrival. For frequently asked questions about living on the McNichols Campus, visit here.

For frequently asked questions about what a Residence Hall dorm room is furnished with and what you must supply, visit here. As for the temperature throughout the year, in general, be prepared for changeable weather. You will need some lightweight clothing for summer (@ June 20th to September 22nd) since the weather is usually quite warm (22-23 degrees Celsius). Winters (@ December 21st to March 20th) can be quite cold, around 0 degrees Celsius or below. During this season, you will need a warm coat or jacket as well as boots, a hat, and gloves. Spring (@ March 20th to June 20th) and fall (@ September 22nd to December 21st) are generally cool so it is a good idea to have a light jacket or a sweater for these seasons. For additional weather details and forecasts, visit visitdetroit.com.

While UDM cannot and does not endorse off-campus housing, if you plan to or need to seek off-campus housing (perhaps because you have family coming to the U.S. with you), you may wish to search for local places to stay before searching for an appartment or house to rent.

If you plan to live on campus and to purchase food at the UDM dining facilities, plan to have some cash available to pay per diem for food and housing before your semester begins: September 6 for Fall, January 7 for Winter, and May 7 for spring/summer.

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS IN B-1/B-2 OR F-2 STATUS

Before enrolling in a degree program at the University, you must either leave the U.S. to apply through the U.S. Embassy in your home country for a student (F-1) visa, or you must seek a Change of Status to F-1 with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while in the U.S. If you choose to try the latter approach, the UDM Foreign Student Advisor will assist you in the application process for the Change of Status to F-1 with the USCIS.

Either way, before you may be issued an I-20 by the International Admissions Counselor, you must provide evidence of sufficient funds to support your studies for at least two consecutive full-time semesters at the University, including living expenses. The required amount that must be verified by the International Admissions Counselor may be ascertained here. You may not begin your studies at the University until you have either been granted F-1 visa status through a U.S. Embassy in your home country or you have been granted a Change of Status to F-1 visa status by the USCIS.

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International Services Office

  • Telephone: 313-993-1205
    Fax: 313-993-1192