Congratulations on your acceptance to Northern Michigan University. Below is information on what your next steps will be and to help make your arrival to NMU go smoothly.






SEVIS I-901 Fee
Pay your SEVIS I-901 fee. This can be done online if paid by a credit card and please be sure to print your receipt out at the end. Your will need your SEVIS number which is in the upper right hand corner of your I-20 or DS 2019 (starts with N)

Apply for housing through your mynmu account. You must first set up your NMU Email username and password. You will need your NMUIN, this is found on your admissions letter, and need to pay a $250 housing deposit. Your housing contract will start the Thursday before the first day of classes. If you are 21 years of age or older, you can apply to stay in an apartment. To do this you will need to submit a paper application and fax it to our Housing office at 1-906-227-1423.

It is important that you plan to arrive on the Sunday before the first day of classes. This is the first day that you can check into your dorm/apartment. You will be charged approximately $25.00 per day for 3 days as you will arrive before your housing contract starts.

If you are traveling with family members, please see a list of hotels below:

English Composition Testing
All new international students are required to take an English Composition test. This test is an English placement test to let us know what level of English Composition you should start with. Most students place into our EN 109/EN109W Intensive College Composition course. This test will be scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday before classes start. You do not need to bring anything to this test as I will have it set up for you. 

Math Placement Test
You will now take a Math Placement test during your orientation and it will be on your orientation schedule that you receive at your orientation check in. 

Foreign Student Documentation Fee $125.00
This is a onetime charge for all international students for their first semester. This charge covers the cost of recertification of our SEVIS F1/J1 programs as well as other administrative immigration duties performed during your stay at NMU.

Welcome Package $80.00 
This is an optional fee and you will be charged if you would like NMU to provide you with a blanket, pillow, sheets for your bed, pillow case, towel, wash cloth, room snack and information about Marquette.  You will receive an email from the International Education Services Office with a link that you will be able to let us know if you would like this services. Your student account will be charged the $80.00 for this service. 

Airport Pick-up $35.00
This is an optional fee that you will be charged if you would like a staff member from the International Education Services office to pick you up from K.I. Sawyer International Airport and bring you to your assigned housing. You will receive an email from the International Education Services Office with a link that you will be able to let us know if you would like this services. Your student account will be charged the $35.00 for this service. 

You will also need to sign up for the August/January orientation and pay the orientation fee at and click on orientation.

Flight Information
You will need to make your flight to K.I. Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Michigan (airport code MQT).

NMU will automatically enroll all international students in our Health Insurance plan at a cost of $1,616.85 for the academic year (August 15, 2017 to May 15, 2018) and it will be pro-rated for students who are not starting in the fall semester. You do have the option to appeal the NMU insurance if you feel that your current insurance meets the minimum requirements. You can view information on how to appeal the NMU Insurance at

NMU requires all students to provide proof of receiving 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. Please bring your vaccination records with you to provide to our NMU Health Center. If you do not have proof of your MMR vaccinations, then you will need to receive them at NMU.

Some students will also be required to have a Tuberculosis Test (TB) please see for the list of countries that will need to be tested for TB. If you test positive, then you will be sent to have an x-ray done. You will be responsible for the costs of any vaccinations/tests that need to be done.

For cost information, please see our Health Center website and the different services they provide.

Payment Plans
NMU has three different payment plan options available to students. During orientation you will need to either sign up for a payment plan or pay your NMU student account in full.

12 month/24 month rule (exchange students/scholars)
Please review the bottom of your DS 2019 and if you have a check mark regarding 2 year residency requirement see the link for more information.

Credit Card
If you are planning to travel during your stay in the US you may want to get a credit card from your home country. A credit card is needed to rent a car and many times to reserve a hotel room. 


Facebook - like us on Facebook "Northern Michigan University International"

Marquette Community - visit the City of Marquette website to get information about our beautiful area.

Activities 2016-2017 Academic Year (updated as activities are planned)

Date/Time Activity Location
  Arrive at NMU and check into your dorm  
  English Composition Placement Test

2906 West Science


Check in for orientation and receive your orientation schedule

Freshman Orientation Schedule (Update soon)

Transfer Orientation Schedule (Update soon)

  You will be busy following the NMU orientation schedule various locations

Immigration Orientation

This is different than the NMU orientation and it is mandatory that all new international students attend. 

1318 Jamrich

Shopping time

The International Programs Office will have a van and we will any student shopping or this is a good time to get a cell phone at either AT&T or Verizon. 

Friday, January 19, 2018 Last day to appeal the NMU Health Insurance - All students will automatically be enrolled in the NMU Health Insurance plan after 12:00 pm on this day.   
  Culture Presentations - I will be looking for students who would like to do a presentation on their home country to NMU students, faculty and staff. The presentation will be about 30 minutes long to give time for any questions to be asked. Whitman Commons