For the 2020-21 application cycle, we are modifying our admissions process and requirements.
International students are valued members of the University of Michigan campus community. The wealth of global and cultural experience they bring adds significantly to the rich and varied tapestry of backgrounds they will find here. The university has a long history of engaging the world on many levels — as an international student, you help maintain and further our standing and deep connection with the global community.
How to Apply
The application process for international students at the University of Michigan is the same process all undergraduate students undertake, with a few key differences. The requirements may vary depending on your country of origin and specific educational history, particularly the type of transcript you will need to submit.
Before you apply, it is important to note that international students on temporary visas are not eligible for financial aid, and are expected to pay the full cost of attendance. Few scholarships are available.
Important Application Steps
- You must apply via the Common Application or Coalition Application, along with a $75 application fee (Please note that both application options include specific University of Michigan questions, and there is no advantage to submitting one over the other.)
- SAT or ACT score, if available, or other test results like PSAT, if available.
- Submit the School Report.
- Submit one Teacher Evaluation (core academic teacher or other non-relative who can speak directly to the student's academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance).
- Submit a Counselor Recommendation (encouraged, but not required).
- Submit your high school transcript. An official English translation is required to accompany the transcript if the transcript is not issued in English by the school. (Students who have already completed high school, including university transfer applicants, should be sure to have final high school transcript submitted showing the graduation date. Also provide a detailed explanation of any educational gaps.)
- If you are a speaker of English as a second language, you will need to submit your TOEFL, IELTS, or MET scores.
- Please note that international students on temporary visas are not eligible for financial aid, and should expect to pay the full cost of attendance. Scholarships are generally not available.
Do not submit any extra documents unless specifically requested, as this may only delay your decision.
Your SAT/ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency and received in our office by our deadline, if they are to be considered with your application. If you have not yet had your scores reported, you can have them sent to us using these links:
As one who lives a great distance from Michigan and the United States, it’s important to submit your application materials as soon as possible — ideally, long before you plan on attending U-M. Your application materials will be reviewed once everything has been received. Although deadlines vary by school, college, or program, some general deadlines to keep in mind include:
Fall term—February 1
Early Action—November 1
Winter term—October 1
Spring term—February 1
Summer term—February 1
Applying for Winter Term
Because the University of Michigan's winter term starts at the beginning of January and because the fall term in many countries does not end until late January or February, it may not be possible to apply for U-M's winter term. It is very important that any fall term courses you are enrolled in be completed. If your fall term does not end until some time in January or later, applying to U-M for our fall term which begins in late August or early September (or in some cases summer term which begins at the end of June) would be the only option(s). If not enrolling during the winter term at your current university in your country, our U-M spring term, which begins at the end of April, may also be a possibility.
Common & Coalition Applications
The TOEFL English-language test is recognized by more than 9,000 colleges and universities in more than 130 countries.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is the primary language.
The Michigan English Test (MET) evaluates advanced-level English language competence of adult nonnative speakers of English.
Requirements by Country
Our requirements may differ depending on your home country.