Information for Incoming Exchange Students

Exchange programs allow undergraduate students (and in some cases graduate students) to study in a foreign country at a partner institution for a certain period of time while receiving credits towards their home university degree. Tuition and fees at UM-Flint are waived for incoming exchange students from most partner institutions in accordance with the exchange agreement between UM-Flint and the partner institution and/or department/faculty. For students from Kwangwoon University and Tamkang University, a tuition scholarship will be offered. 

The Education Abroad Office welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from the following institutions to complete up to two-major semesters (Fall and/or Winter) at the University of Michigan-Flint. 

Students are expected to pay living expenses while in Flint. These include housing, meals, books, local transportation, health insurance, and other personal expenses. 

Partner Institutions

Institution City, Country Areas of Study Available at UM-Flint

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University 

Iasi, Romania

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses in the School of Management

Bergische Universitat Wuppertal

Wuppertal, Germany

Undergraduate Courses in the School of Management

Student Scholars for the English Language Program

France Business School

Tours, Poitiers, France

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses in the School of Management

Japan Center for Michigan Universities 

Hikone, Japan

All courses upon approval

Kadir Has University  

Istanbul, Turkey

Undergraduate Courses in the School of Management

Kozminski University

Warsaw, Poland

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses in the School of Management

Kwangwoon University

Seoul, South Korea

Undergraduate Courses in the School of Management

Tuition assessed with scholarship offered

National Taiwan Normal University 

Taipei, Taiwan

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses in the School of Management

Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan 

Taipei, Taiwan

Undergraduate Courses in the School of Management

Tuition assessed with scholarship offered

University of Gothenburg 

Gothenburg, Sweden

Undergraduate & Graduate Courses in the School of Management

Zagreb School of Economics & Management 

Zagreb, Croatia

Undergradaute & Graduate Courses in the School of Management

Overview of Enrollment Process

  1. Determine if you meet the eligibility requirements to participate in this exchange program by consulting with your international department or academic department
  2. If approved by your institution, view courses offered at University of Michigan-Flint and complete the Learning Agreement with your home campus Academic Coordinator
  3. Submit all requested documents to UM-Flint and complete all required steps at your home campus
  4. When you receive the acceptance packet from UM-Flint, register for courses approved on your Learning Agreement with your UM-Flint login information
  5. Apply for a visa at the nearest U.S. consulate
  6. Apply for housing at UM-Flint at either 1st Street Residence Hall or Riverfront Residence Hall
  7. Arrive to UM-Flint in time to attend International Student Orientation
  8. At the end of the semester, request for your UM-Flint transcript to be sent to your home university

Application Items

As part of your application to the University of Michigan-Flint, you are required to submit: 

  • Application for Exchange & Agreement
  • Learning Agreement
  • Official University Transcript
  • Copy of Passport
  • Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Original Bank Statement(s)
  • Original Proof of English Proficiency 
  • Copy of Bachelor's Degree (required only for graduate applicants)

All items can be in English and can submitted online by the specified application deadline in WM-Flint WorldLink. 

Proof of English Proficiency

Undergraduate Graduate 
  • TOEFL: 61 (Internet-based); 500 (Paper-based); 173 (Computer-based)                                                            
  • IELTS: 5.5 overall band (5.0 in each section)
  • MELAB: 69
  • ECPE: Certificate of Proficiency
  • ELS: Certificate of Completion (ELS Level 112)
  • STEP-EIKEN: Pre-1
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 59
  • iTep Academic: Level 4.5 or higher
  • TOEFL: 84 (Internet-based); minimum 23 in reading, minimum 23 in listening, minimum 17 in speaking, minimum 21 in writing
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall band
  • MELAB: 80
  • ECPE: Certificate of Proficiency

The UM-Flint institution code is 1853.

Courses & Registration

To view the courses offered in the semester(s) which you intend to study at UM-Flint, please visit www.umflint.edu/registrar/course_schedule.htm

After you have decided which courses you would like to take at UM-Flint, you should complete a Learning Agreement with your home university representative and send the signed agreement with the rest of their application. An advisor or academic coordinator at UM-Flint will review the Learning Agreement, provide feedback regarding availability of courses, and send the signed Learning Agreement back to you. If a course is not available or approved, other options will be provided.

Once you receive the signed Learning Agreement with the rest of your acceptance packet, follow the instructions to log into the UM-Flint Student Information System (SIS) and register for the courses indicated on the Learning Agreement.

Undergraduate students may register for 12 – 15 credits (about 4 - 5 classes) per semester. Graduate students can register for 6 – 9 credits (about 2-3 classes) per semester.

There is a student quota permitted per class and if you wait to register too late, the classes will get full and you will be unable to enroll in the course. As soon as you receive your acceptance packet, register online for the courses approved on your Learning Agreement. It is your responsibility to register for the courses at a timely manner.

Students may be permitted to register for courses outside of the courses included in the exchange agreement. You will need to discuss this option with your home university to verify transferability of courses. Any courses you register for outside of the courses included in the exchange agreement will be charged to your student account at the out-of-state tuition rate.

Visa Information

Upon acceptance to UM-Flint, students will receive an admission letter, as well as a DS-2019, which is the document used to apply for a J-1 visa. Students should for a J-1 visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Health Insurance 

Healthcare in the United States is very expensive. To deter those costs, the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan-Flint requires all F-1 and J-1 international students to have health insurance coverage throughout the duration of their studies in the U.S. Health insurance is provided by Aetna Health Insurance at the rate of $112* per month. For exchange students, this amount is charged at one time to the student’s account at the beginning of each semester.

If you have insurance that is comparable to the Aetna Health Insurance, you can request to waive out of Aetna Health Insurance when you arrive to the US. If you plan to purchase alternative insurance from your home country, please make sure your policy will meet the standards provided in Aetna Health Insurance before you purchase it as many policies do not meet these requirements. Also, please remember that the Aetna Health Insurance plan changes from time to time and so do the requirements for the approval of insurance waivers. Therefore, insurance that was acceptable in prior years may not be acceptable this year.

Please visit Health Insurance Waiver to view coverage information and waiver information. Incoming exchange students may bring proof of alternative insurance, as well as detailed benefits information when they arrive to Flint.

*This is the rate for 2013-2014 academic year. Rates are subject to change. 

Housing

The University of Michigan-Flint offers accommodation for exchange students at the First Street Residence Hall or the Riverfront Residence Hall. Single, double or triple rooms are available and are furnished, with beds, desks, and tables. Basic furnishings such as chairs and sofas are also provided. Rates vary depending on room choice.

  • First Street Residence Hall
    • 2 bedroom/2 bathroom for four students will cost approximately $3,955.50 for one semester. ​This fee also includes a meal plan (access to the university cafeteria). 
  • Riverfront Residence Hall
    • 2 bedroom/2 bathroom for four students will cost approximately $1,800 for one semester. Please note that this does not include a meal plan. 

There are additional room options and costs will vary based on room choice. 

Living Costs

Students can expect to spend approximately $1,100 - $1,607 per month depending on accommodations and lifestyle. Estimated monthly expenses include: 

  • Accommodation: $450 - $820 per month, depending on room choice 
  • Meals: $370 per month 
  • Local transportation: $50 per month
  • Health Insurance: $116.75 per month
  • Personal expenses: $113 - $250 per month, depending on personal lifestyle 

Students can also expect to spend approximately $375 - $600 per semester on books and educational supplies.

Arriving to Flint

Airport. The local airport in Flint is called Flint Bishop International Airport (FNT). You can take a domestic flight from an international arrival city to Bishop International Airport. Most students arrive from overseas into Chicago or Detroit, and take a connection to Flint. The International Center (IC) at UM-Flint offers airport pickup services for students arriving into Flint Bishop International Airport. 

Check-In at Mandatory International Student Orientation. Federal regulations require that you register your presence at the University by completing international student check-in procedures. This entails participating in International Student Orientation. Please bring the following items with you to orientation

  • Passport with visa
  • DS-2019
  • UMID#