Winter 2023 Orientation

Winter 2023 Orientation

International Center Winter 2023 Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Michigan (U-M)! International Center (IC) staff is excited to welcome you to campus!

See a list of comprehensive resources for new international students, parents, families, and virtual offerings below.

Pre-Departure Orientation (recording)

To help you prepare for your arrival to campus, the IC offered a Pre-Departure Orientation session on December 8. Staff were available to help answer questions about travel to the U.S. and tips to prepare for your life at U-M and Ann Arbor! The event was recorded. You can find more information and the recording here.

Winter 2023 International Center Orientation Canvas Course

Once you have joined the International Center Winter Orientation Canvas course, you will be able to view previously recorded Peer-to-Peer Conversations (presentations by current international students on a number of topics) and additional workshop presentations/videos delivered by U-M departments. 

All of the topics in Canvas are designed to help you with your transition to living in Ann Arbor and beginning your studies at the University of Michigan. Below are some examples of the topics that might interest you:

  • Academic Support/Cultural Transition
    • How to use Canvas
    • Communicating with academic advisors
    • Cultural differences in the classroom
  • Practical Matters:
    • Banking & Budgeting
    • Housing & setting up household utilities 
  • Transportation and Safety 
    • Driving in the U.S.
    • Personal safety
  • Health and Wellness
    • International Insurance
    • University Health Service
  • Employment
    • Finding a job on campus
    • U.S. Tax
  • Social
    • Getting Involved on campus & making friends
    • Healthy relationships 

Blog and Videos

Our Summer Orientation Peer Advisers used blogs and videos to document their personal stories and shared useful tips with new international students. 

Winter in Michigan Video

Wondering how to prepare for a Michigan winter? A current international student, Matt Wu, created a video with useful tips for surviving winter in Michigan. Matt covers topics such as what to wear, walking and driving in the snow/ice, fun things to do, and more!

Welcome Desk

The IC Welcome Desk will be available outside of the office January 3-6. Stop by to speak with an International Center Student Council member and get your questions about life at U-M answered! 

Exact times will be announced soon.

On-Campus Events

The IC will plan events in January for new international students. These events will also be listed on the IC calendar and shared via email. More information to be added soon.

Virtual Events

Additional Resources:


If you have any questions, please contact the International Center at