Arrival & Orientation

Arrival in Michigan, USA!

When you land in Michigan, you will most likely be arriving at the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). Ann Arbor is approximately a 35-minute drive away.  There are a few options to get from Detroit Metro Airport to Ann Arbor. 

You can also check the last date of exams to plan for your departure. 

While unfortunately there is no public transportation available to and from the airport, we’ve outlined a few common transportation methods below. You will find that costs and schedules vary depending on the service.

Orientation dates will be shared with you via email but you can expect to arrive on campus 2-3 days before the official term start date in order to engage in mandatory orientation. 

Michigan Flyer

  • The Michigan Flyer (AirRide) is a cost effective way to travel from the airport to Ann Arbor.  
  • You can book online beforehand. 
  • Drop off location in Ann Arbor is the Blake Transit Center (328 S. Fifth Ave.), which is close to U-M Central Campus. 

Shuttle / Taxi Services

There are many shuttle services and cab companies that provide door-to-door service from DTW to Ann Arbor:

Ride Share Apps

  • Ride share apps, like Uber and Lyft, are popular means of transportation in the area. 
  • Please note that you will need access to data or wifi on your cellphone in order to use the apps. 

Additional Info

  • General information about transportation options from the airport in Detroit to Ann Arbor. 

Mandatory Incoming Exchange Student Orientation

**Before departure, check your email for additional orientation information, and mark your calendar for the date and time.**

Orientation Components

  • Review the course registration process and academics at Ross and the U-M. 
  • Become familiar with the U-M campus, its facilities, and available resources. 
  • Learn about life at U-M and get information about your health insurance, transportation, and more. 
  • Complete your mandatory immigration check-in once you arrive on campus. 
  • Meet other exchange students! 

Preparing for Orientation: Submitting Your MCard Photo

Prior to your arrival, we will send an email with details to submit your MCard photo online. If you do this, your MCard will be available for you to pick up at orientation. (If not, you can get your MCard following orientation.) 

Your MCard is your University of Michigan student identification card. You will need it for many different things while at the University, including academic and social/cultural events.