- Office of Global Activities
Thank you for your interest in the Exchange Student Program at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Arrangements for international student exchanges are limited to students who are enrolled at an institution with which the University of Michigan School of Social Work has a Memorandum of Understanding or Exchange Agreement. Please read the important information below including the requirements and steps for becoming an exchange student.
Students that meet the above requirements must complete the following steps in order to become an exchange student at the UM School of Social Work. Please email all forms and requested materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please follow the steps exactly as stated. Failure to do so may result in a delay processing your visa. Materials listed in Step One must be submitted 8 to 12 weeks before the intended placement start date.
Compile the following documents, merge them into a zip file, and save as lastname_ds-2019_documents.zip. Note that you should replace the word "lastname" with your last name (surname or family name). (If you don't know how to make a zip file, follow these steps):
In a second, separate zip file, compile and merge the following documents and save as lastname_transcript_documents.zip. Note that you should replace the word "lastname" with your last name (surname or family name).
Email the two zip files to email@example.com.
Applicants who are approved for admission will receive an acceptance email from the Office of Student Services. Once accepted, supporting financial documents must be submitted. All supporting financial documentation must be dated within three months of processing the student's I-20 or DS-2019 request. The student will receive an email requesting the following information, which must be compiled, merged into a zip file, and saved as lastname_financial_documents.zip. Note that you should replace the word “lastname” with your last name (surname or family name):
Original bank statement(s) (including applicant's name on all documentation)
If bank statements are in a currency other than USD, convert to USD using the xe currency converter. Take screenshot or save page as PDF.
Email the zip file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the descriptions of the MSW Program Pathways that U-M uses to organize field placements. From the agency list provided to you, select three agencies that fit your pathway interests, and email your top three agency preferences in order to email@example.com along with your goal statement and resume. (Though you have already sent your goal statement and resume as a part of Step One you will need to send them again along with the other placement information). An example email is written below:
To Whom It May Concern:
I have read the list of available field placements and I have preference in working for the following:
Attached is my goal statement and resume. Thanks for your assistance.
Check out the International Center's Guide to life in Ann Arbor. If interested in housing with current Masters of Social Work (MSW) students, write an email telling the community a little about yourself (see the housing request email example). The Office of Global Activities (firstname.lastname@example.org) can forward your email to current students.
Once posted, please review the Course Catalog for the Spring/Summer term and email email@example.com if you are interested in taking additional courses. For exchange students beginning in mid-May or later, the only available courses are mini courses (1 credit courses). You can view a list of 1-credit courses by sorting the Course Catalog by Credit Hours, ascending.
We recommend that exchange students start their field placement on the 1st of the month. This recommendation is based on the fee associated with the required health insurance that exchange students must purchase for the duration of their placement. The required health insurance has a monthly fee and it cannot be prorated for portions of a month. Thus, we recommend that you start your placement at the beginning of a month.
For more information about the required health insurance please visit the International Center's page on health insurance. If you are required to purchase insurance through your home institution you may want to read more about applying for an Insurance Waiver.
Please note: The J-1 visa allows students to arrive in the U.S. 30 days before the visa start date. Thus students who plan to start their placement the 1st of the month will be able to arrive the month prior to get settled into Ann Arbor. (Health insurance does not need to be purchased prior to the visa start date).
If you have specific questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106