Visitors FAQ

Requesting a Visit

  1. What are the opportunities for visitors at UMMS?
  2. What are the requirements to do a rotation at UMMS?
  3. Which institutions are partner or MOU institutions?
  4. I am from a partner or MOU School, how do I get a rotation at UMMS?
  5. When should I apply for an elective?
  6. Is there an application?
  7. Which electives can I participate in at UMMS?
  8. What are the immunizations and health insurance policies?

Visas

  1. When should I apply for a visa?
  2. What kind of visa should I apply for?
  3. How do I apply for a J-1 visa?
  4. What is the Visa Waiver Program?

Living in Ann Arbor

  1. How do I set up housing?
  2. How much does it cost to live in Ann Arbor?
  3. I am married and/or have a child, can they come also?

Transportation

  1. Which airport is closest to Ann Arbor?
  2. When should I plan on getting to Ann Arbor?
  3. How do I get from the airport to Ann Arbor?
  4. What kind of transportation will I need once I am in Ann Arbor?
  5. I have more questions, who do I ask?

 

Requesting a Visit

1. What are the opportunities for visitors at UMMS?
International visitors can be global scholars or final year medical students. They can request to do research with a faculty or complete up to 2 rotations at UMMS.

2. What are the requirements to do a rotation at UMMS?
UMMS only accepts students from partner institutions or ones that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with our Medical School to participate in electives. We accept two students per institution per year, in accordance with the MOU.

3. Which institutions are partner or MOU institutions?
All MOU schools have a written agreement and can be a partner school; a partner school does not necessarily have a written agreement, but is one with which the University of Michigan has an active long standing relationship and has been involved in many collaborations, and that aligns with the UMMS mission.

The following institutions are partner institutions:

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (India)
  • Goteborg University (Sweden)
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital (China)
  • Peking University Health Science Center-Joint Institute (China)
  • Pontifica Universidad del Ecuador (Ecuador)
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University (Macedonia)
  • University of Chiriqui Medical School in Panama City (Panama)
  • University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • University of Tokyo (Japan)

The following institutions have a signed MOU with UMMS:

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (India)
  • Catalan Institute of Oncology & University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • Catholic University of Korea (Korea)
  • College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth (Ireland)
  • Comenius University (Slovakia)
  • Fudan University (China)
  • Goteborg University (Sweden)
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana)
  • Peking Union Medical College Hospital (China)
  • Peking University Health Sciences Center (China)
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
  • Ss. Cyril & Methodius University (Macedonia)
  • Technion University (Israel)
  • University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • University of Tokyo (Japan)
  • University of Zagreb Medical School (Croatia)
  • Weill-Cornell Medical College (Israel)

4. I am from a partner or MOU School, how do I get a rotation at UMMS?
If you are from a partner or MOU school, send an email to see if you are eligible to apply to Carrie Ashton at cglaser@umich.edu and include the following in your email:

  • Identify reason for your visit
  • List areas of interest and time frame you wish to visit
  • Identify your funding source
  • Provide mailing address for official letter of acceptance if approved

a. At what point in the year can I do an elective at UMMS?
You can do one or two four week electives from December to May each year. You can start applying for these electives on September 1. See the elective phase calendar at http://med.umich.edu/medschool/visiting/calendar.html.

b. What are the requirements to apply?
To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be from an MOU or partner institution
  • Be fluent in English, represented through the TOEFL exam scores or equivalent
  • Have a competency level that will allow them to function as M4s in elective rotations
  • Be in their final year and in good standing at their own institutions
  • Have completed and passed the following clerkships:
    • General Surgery
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
  • Have completed at least 48 weeks of required clerkships in the same medical school at which they completed their basic science coursework; this must be documented through submission of an official transcript

5. When should I apply for an elective?
International students can start applying for electives on September 1.

6. Is there an application?
Yes, it is located at http://med.umich.edu/medschool/visiting/apply.html. After reading the instructions, clink on the link "online web application."

Note: International students are not required to pay the $100 processing fee.

7. Which electives can I participate in at UMMS?
International students can apply to any elective they have not already completed, except for Surgery and Ophthalmology. See all of the other possibilities at http://med.umich.edu/medschool/visiting/electives.html. Each elective has a detailed description of the rotation and expectations.

There is no guarantee of available space in the elective of your choice.
The order of priority for assigning electives is:

  • University of Michigan students
  • Michigan State University and Wayne State University students
  • Other U.S. students
  • International students

8. What are the immunizations and health insurance policies?
Students must submit proof of immunization for the following:

  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Mantoux test for Tuberculosis within the last 12 months
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza

Submit the completed Immunization Form to Carrie Ashton along with other application materials.

Students are required to purchase health insurance in the United States for the complete duration of their stay. At times, it is possible to extend the health insurance from your home country to international borders, but it must be comparable to the coverage in the United States.

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Visas

1. When should I apply for a visa?
International students should wait to apply for a visa until they have received an invitation letter from UMMS. Visas take approximately 2-8 weeks to be processed, depending on time of year and volume of requests.

2. What kind of visa should I apply for?
Students can apply for a B-1 visa at their consulate. However, students should check with their consulate about the most appropriate type of visa to apply for each situation.

For students staying for longer than 6 months, apply for a J-1 visa (see below).

3. How do I apply for a J-1 visa?
A J-1 visa requires completion of a DS-2019 form that is processed at the International Center at the University of Michigan.

After you receive your letter of invitation, fill out a data request form New EV info. Email the completed form to Carrie Ashton at cglaser@umich.edu. The information on the data request form is used by Global REACH to complete the DS-2019 forms. Once entered into the system, the International Center processes the forms and mails it to you.

You are required to show you have $2,000 per month in financial support for each month of your stay. A copy of a bank statement in US currency or a letter from your source of funding stating that you are covered for that amount is acceptable. Send this along with a copy of your passport to Carrie Ashton at cglaser@umich.edu or by fax to 734-615-6300.

Once the International Center receives your DS-2019, it will take approximately 2-8 weeks to be processed depending on the volume of visas being processed at the time.

4. What is the Visa Waiver Program?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa if they prefer. Not all travelers from VWP countries are eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to apply for authorization through the Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA), are screened at their port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program.

a. Which countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program?
There are currently 36 countries that participate in the VWP, shown in the table below:

Andorra France Liechtenstein San Marino
Australia Germany Lithuania Singapore
Austria Greece Luxembourg Slovakia
Belgium Hungary Malta Slovenia
Brunei Iceland Monaco South Korea
Czech Republic Ireland Netherlands Spain
Denmark Italy New Zealand Sweden
Estonia Japan Norway Switzerland
Finland Latvia Portugal United Kingdom

b. What are the eligibility requirements for the Visa Waiver?

  • Visitors from the above 36 countries may use the VWP if:
  • They have received an authorization to travel under the VWP through ESTA
  • They present the appropriate type of passport valid for six months past their expected stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions). This is a requirement in addition to regular passport requirements
  • The purpose of their stay in the US is 90 days or less for tourism or business and they can demonstrate their intent to stay for 90 days or less and that they have sufficient funds to support themselves while in the United States
  • If arriving by air or sea, they are traveling on an approved carrier and have a return trip ticket to any foreign destination (see the approved carriers list)

For more information on the Visa Waiver Program, see the State Department's website.

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Living in Ann Arbor

1. How do I set up housing?
Carrie Ashton will set up housing for you, based on your given budget. Contact Carrie at cglaser@umich.edu or 734-615-4549.

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2. How much does it cost to live in Ann Arbor?
It depends on your expenses. Housing can range from $500 and up per month. Individual furnished apartments typically cost more than a home-sharing situation, for example. To find the exchange rate from your country's currency to the United States Dollar (USD), go to http://www.xe.com/. For a good estimate on the cost of food, browse http://www.meijer.com/ for different items you may want to eat.

3. I am married and/or have a child, can they come also?
Yes, we can find housing for a family, but it takes more time. Please let Carrie Ashton know as soon as possible if you are bringing family.

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Transportation

1. Which airport is closest to Ann Arbor?
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is the closest airport to Ann Arbor. It is about 30 minutes away.

2. When should I plan on getting to Ann Arbor?
If possible, please arrive during the week prior to your elective start date and during the day. This will allow time for an orientation of Ann Arbor, the Health System, and to get your M-card and any other necessary access in a timely manner.

3. How do I get from the airport to Ann Arbor?
There are many transportation options available. The following are commonly used and offer competitive prices:

4. What kind of transportation will I need once I am in Ann Arbor?
Ann Arbor has many public transportation options:

5. I have more questions, who do I ask?
Carrie Ashton, our Global Visitors Coordinator, is a wonderful resource. She handles all incoming visitors to the Medical School; if accepted, you will work closely with her to prepare for your visit. Her contact information is provided below:

Email: cglaser@umich.edu
Phone: 734-615-4549
Fax: 734-615-6300

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