ALL Exchange students are REQUIRED to live in on-campus housing. Housing requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should apply as soon as possible.
You may remain in your NMU housing during the Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks at no additional cost. Services and meals are NOT provided during these periods. All residence halls are closed on Sunday at 9:00 p.m. immediately following commencement. Halls reopen on the Saturday before the first day of classes. If you plan to arrive early or stay on campus during the Fall semester break (Christmas/New Year), you may arrange to stay in local host settings. You may also make your own arrangements for off-campus housing during these periods.
Northern operates a health center (clinic) on campus, and your student insurance is accepted there. The health center provides many health care services, including prescription drugs and appropriate specialty referrals. The regional hospital, Marquette General, is located only one block from campus.
ALL International Students at Northern Michigan University are required to purchase the University’s basic health coverage (Canadian students are exempt.) This insurance provides you with full and continuous coverage through a U.S. based insurance company. It includes both medical evacuation and repatriation. The NMU insurance does NOT include routine dental or eyeglass coverage. The charge for your health insurance coverage will appear on your first semester bill and must be paid in full. Your insurance will be pro-rated if you attend only one semester.
Fall semester classes generally begin on the last Monday in August and finish in mid-December. Winter semester classes generally begin in mid-January and conclude in late April/beginning May.
Please e-mail your complete flight itinerary to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist with your travel arrangement to campus.
Exchange Students are required to participate the NMU orientation and in the International Student Orientation sessions coordinated by International Programs.
Academic Advisement and Course Registration
Your home institution will work with you to select courses that meet your academic needs. It is best to convey those choices to us at least two months prior to your arrival; classes may be full, requiring special permission. A copy of your course registration will remain on file in International Programs.
All Nations Club and Cultural Exchange
You are entering Northern Michigan University as a J-1 Exchange Visitor, a program sponsored by NMU with authorization from the United States State Department. The J-1 Program carries with it a significant expectation of cultural exchange. You will have several opportunities to participate in cross-cultural activities during your time on our campus. Two specific opportunities are described below: