Eligibility and Application Process
In order to 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 Steven M. Ross School of Business, through the Global Initiatives/ CIBER office. Check with your home institution's international office to see if you qualify; see http://www.umich.edu/~cibe/students/
exchangepartners.html for contact information.
Your home institution's international office must select and nominate you for the Global Initiatives/CIBER exchange program. Within the nomination, the coordinator should provide students' full legal names, genders, dates of birth, exchange semester designations (Winter or Fall), and specify students as either undergraduates or graduate students (BBAs or MBAs).
As of May 2013, the collection process for incoming exchange application materials has transitioned to a completely online format. In previous years, Global Initiatives/CIBER has required all applications and supporting documents to be physically mailed to the office address. All incoming exchange documents may now be submitted entirely online.
Once the Global Initiatives/CIBER staff receives your nomination, you will be granted access to the University of Michigan's online application system, M-Compass. You will be sent two subsequent e-mails containing access instructions and log-in information with a temporary password. By following the instructions, students will be able to access the Ross: CIBER 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 photcopies 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 receive a student visa to enter and attend university in the United States.
If your institution does not have an exchange relationship with Ross, you may have the option of coming 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 be admitted if there is space in our program and they are a good academic fit for Ross.
To apply for this status email the following to Vicki Simon at email@example.com: a resume, a current transcript, and a 500 word essay explaining why you wish to attend Ross. Your TOEFL score must be about 600. We also need to know what degree program (example: MBA) you are enrolled in at your home school and a web link to this program.
For information on university fees and estimated living expenses, see the non-resident section of
Please note that no U-M financial aid will be available for any exchange or fee-paying visiting student.
Students will select courses mainly from the Ross School Business; descriptions are available at Course Descriptions. These descriptions clearly identify courses as core and elective; exchange students are not allowed to take core courses.
After your application materials have been received and you have been entered into the University system, Academic Services will contact you with information regarding course registration.
For more details on academic requirements, see the Ross Business School fact sheet.
A few days prior to the beginning of each semester, the Global Initiatives/ CIBER staff, in partnership with Ross Academic Services and the International Center, conducts a mandatory exchange orientation. This orientation covers a great deal of important information regarding life at the University of Michigan and includes the mandatory International Center Check-In to activate student visas and an Academic Services presentation. All incoming exchange students are required to attend this meeting. Therefore, students must adjust travel plans to ensure their attendance of this important meeting.