Here at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business, we welcome students from around the globe to our vibrant and distinctive learning community.


  • Spend a semester taking stimulating courses with our world-class faculty in top-ranked MBA and BBA academic programs

  • Take full advantage of career advising and job recruiting with Ross Career Services

  • Make friends within a diverse student body drawing from all 50 U.S. states and 129 countries

  • Get involved on campus with other students who share your interests (whatever they are) with more than 1,000 student clubs and organizations

  • Live in one of the “happiest cities in the United States”

  • Join the extensive Ross and University of Michigan networks, with more than 45,000 Ross alumni living and working in 90+ countries, and more than 500,000 U-M alumni residing around the globe

For more information, see the 2016 -2017 Ross School of Business Fact Sheet.

Admission Process
Learn about eligibility requirements for students at Ross' partner schools who are interested in semester exchange.

Nominated Exchange Students

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.

  • For more information, see the 2016 -2017 Ross School of Business Fact Sheet.


Prior to Arrival
Several important items require your attention before you arrive in Ann Arbor, including visas, housing, and orientation.

Before you set foot in Ann Arbor and experience life at Ross, there are several important items that require your attention:

  • Incoming Exchange Handbook
    The Incoming Exchange Handbook is a detailed and informative resource for exchange students coming to Ross. The handbook includes a pre-arrival checklist and helpful information about the culture in Ann Arbor, finding housing, academics, the University campus, and much more. 
  • Securing Housing in Ann Arbor
    Securing rental housing in Ann Arbor can be a challenge, particularly during the fall semester. We recommend you begin searching apartment and short-term housing listings as soon as possible after accepting your exchange placement at Ross. 
  • U.S. Visa Processing: Once you submit all admission application materials in our online application system (M-Compass), the Global Initiatives team will send your information to the International Center for I-20 processing ; this may take up to several weeks. Once processed, your I-20 certificate will be mailed to you. You will need to make an appointment with the nearest U.S. consulate to continue with the student visa application process. For more information, see the U-M F-1 Student Visa page.
  • Access to U-M E-mail and Student Account: After being  admitted as a student, you will receive a series of important e-mails (to the e-mail account that was provided with your nomination/application) granting you access to a University of Michigan student account and e-mail account. 
  • Course Registration: Once you are admitted as a student, you will receive an e-mail from Ross Academic Services with instructions on how to register for courses via Wolverine Access. 
  • Mandatory Incoming Exchange 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. 

While at Ross
Gain the most from your academic experience, explore career options, and expand your professional and personal network.

We hope you enjoy your semester as a Ross student. Please read the following information to help you gain the most out of your experience:


The faculty and staff at Ross are deeply committed to helping you succeed and gain as much knowledge as possible from your exchange experience. We strongly recommend that you meet with a Ross academic advisor early in the semester to discuss your academic goals and options. An advisor can also offer guidance if you find yourself struggling with your coursework. To speak with a Ross academic advisor, e-mail

The University of Michigan also offers several services to help students’ succeed academically, including Sweetland Writing Center, the Language Resource Center, tutoring, and research assistance from U-M librarians.

Access to Career Services

We want your exchange experience to not only benefit you personally and academically, but also with opportunities for career prospects. At Ross, you will have the same access to career resources as full-time students, including recruiting for jobs and internships, career workshops and resume review services, and career advising. Learn more about Career Services.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The University of Michigan is home to over 1,000 student clubs and organization spanning a wide range of topics. You are bound to find a group of students with similar backgrounds or interests. We strongly recommend you join a student group during your exchange semester. In doing so, you will likely make many new friends and enhance your experience. See Ross Clubs & Organizations and the U-M Maize pages to find out how you get involved on-campus.


There is always something happening on campus or in Ann Arbor. You should check the Campus Events, Ross Events, and Ann Arbor community events each week to see if there’s something that captures your interest.

After Your Exchange Experience
Order your transcript and stay connected as a member of the Michigan alumni network.

As former U-M President Mary Sue Coleman once said, “So for today, goodbye. For tomorrow, good luck, and forever, Go Blue.” Before you settle in to life back home, you should note the following:

Keeping Your Umich E-mail Account

Your University of Michigan e-mail will work for a little over a year for you, but if you would like to keep it permanently, contact Gift & Records Administration at 888-518-7888 or via a web request. 

University of Michigan Alumni Network

U-M has one of the largest alumni networks in the world. Chances are, wherever you are, you can find someone with a Michigan connection. Exchange students can request alumni status and join the Alumni Association by contacting Gift & Records Administration (888-518-7888 or fill out a web request). Learn more about the U-M Alumni Association

Send Your U-M Transcript to Your Home School

Your home school will require an official transcript from your exchange semester at Ross. You can order an official transcript online or by mail via Wolverine Access.