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Welcome to the University of Michigan! 

Choosing to study internationally is not an easy decision, but it's definitely worthwhile. International exchange is not only a great way to proactively increase your cultural understanding of the world, but it also provides a unique opportunity to develop professionally. By choosing to study at the University of Michigan, you will be joining a community that is dedicated to serving the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Although this is a great opportunity, it can also come with many challenges, which is why CGIS is here to help you along the way. Below you will find resources to help start your research on the University of Michigan, CGIS, life in Ann Arbor, and more, however, we challenge you to look beyond these resources and commit to creating a plan that ensures your stay in Ann Arbor is a success.

To prepare for your time at Michigan, please read over the CGIS incoming exchange handbook carefully. Contact CGIS by email ( for an electronic copy. The handbook provides important information about housing, classroom culture, campus safety information, and more.