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Incoming International Exchange Students

Welcome to the University of Michigan!

Welcome to the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business! We look forward to meeting you and helping you have a rewarding exchange student experience here in the United States.

If you have been chosen as a Ross School of Business exchange student, congratulations! You are one of a select group who will be able to enjoy an experience at the University of Michigan with access to top-notch facilities, challenging academics, and the rich extracurricular student life of our campus. The U-M's student body draws from all 50 states and 129 countries. Michigan faculty, who include MacArthur Fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, and National Academy of Science members, are respected leaders in their fields. They are dedicated to providing students with the best possible education in a supportive, collaborative environment.

Ross is ranked 4th in graduate international business by the U.S. News & World Report

To make the most of your time at Michigan, we encourage you to get involved in some of the many extracurricular activities offered on and off campus that will complement the academic programs and help you build lasting friendships with other students. Michigan offers nearly 1,000 clubs and organizations spanning a wide spectrum of interests. Furthermore, exchange students have the same access as our full-time students to career advising and recruiting activities at the Ross Career Services.

The U-M International Center provides a variety of services to assist international students, scholars, faculty and staff at the University of Michigan. Visit their website to learn more about their services.

For currently accepted, incoming international exchange students, please download or print the Incoming Exchange Handbook, which contains program details and a great deal of helpful information to make your transition to life at Ross and Ann Arbor.


In order to officially become a semester exchange student at the Ross School of Business, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your home institution must have an exchange agreement with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, through the Office of Global Initiatives. Check with your home institution's international office to see if you qualify. See the fact sheets below for contact information.
  • Your home institution's international office must select and nominate you for the Global Initiatives exchange program. In the nomination, the coordinator should provide your full legal name, gender, date of birth, exchange semester designation (Winter or Fall), and specify program of study as either undergraduates or graduate students (BBAs or MBAs).

Fee-Paying Visiting Student Status

If your institution does not have an exchange relationship with Ross, it is possible for you to attend for a semester as a fee-paying visiting student. Fee-paying visiting student applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and students will only be admitted if there is space in the exchange program and they are a good academic fit for Ross.

To apply for this status, e-mail the following to

  • a resume
  • a current transcript
  • a 500-word essay explaining why you wish to attend Ross
  • a TOEFL score around 100 or better or IELTS 6.5-7.0
  • degree program designation (example: MBA or BBA) at your home school
  • a web link to your degree program

For information on University fees and estimated living expenses, see the non-resident section of the Ross Admissions website.

**Please note that U-M financial aid money will not be available for any exchange or fee-paying visiting student.**

How to Apply

All Incoming Exchange application materials are collected on a secure application website called M-Compass.

The Incoming Exchange application process is as follows:

  • Once Global Initiatives receives incoming exchange-student nominations, students are granted access to the University of Michigan's online application system, M-Compass. Students will be sent two subsequent e-mails containing access instructions and log-in information with a temporary password. By following the instructions in each e-mail, students acquire access to the Ross: Incoming Exchange Application.
  • The online Incoming Exchange application prompts students to complete an application, sign the Ross Honor Policy, provide a photocopy of their passport biodata page, and upload photocopies of an affidavit of financial support as well as photocopies of official financial documentation (official bank statements, etc.).
  • All of these documents must be submitted to the M-Compass system in order for your exchange application to be accepted and to initiate the visa processing paperwork required to enter and attend university in the United States.


Prospective exchange students can browse Ross Course Descriptions to get an idea of the kinds of classes that he or she may want to take. These descriptions clearly identify courses as core and elective. Exchange students may only take elective courses.

After exchange students' application materials have been received and processed through the University system, Academic Services will send an e-mail containing course registration instructions.

For more details on academic requirements, see the Ross Business School fact sheet.

Mandatory Exchange Student Orientation

A few days prior to the beginning of each semester, Ross, in partnership with the International Center, conducts a mandatory exchange-student orientation. This orientation includes the mandatory International Center Check-In required to activate student visas, an Academic Services presentation, and a great deal of helpful information regarding the University, Ann Arbor, and American culture. All incoming exchange students are required to attend this meeting. Therefore, students must adjust travel plans to ensure their attendance.