Ross Application & U.S. Immigration

In order to participate in a semester exchange program at Ross, you will need to complete a series of steps through our application system, M-Compass.  

  • Once your home school coordinator has nominated you to our program, we will send you a “Welcome to Ross” email and begin working diligently “behind the scenes” to prepare for your upcoming term. 
  • After we manually add you to our application system, you can complete your Ross Application in M-Compass and upload required documents. These steps are necessary for your formal admission to Ross and immigration documents (e.g., I-20 form and F-1 student visa). 


Please submit your application requirements by the deadline listed in your email from Global Initiatives.

Once all items have been completed in M-Compass, your application will be processed for admission to the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business as a non-degree seeking exchange student. Then, your application will be shared with the University of Michigan’s International Center to prepare your I-20 document. 

Late applications may delay the admissions process, your access to the course registration system, and ability to apply for your student visa. 

Step 1: M-Compass application and required documents

Complete your application materials to the University of Michigan via M-Compass. 

Step 2: UMID and Uniqname

Once you complete your M-Compass application and we have processed it, you will receive your UMID (student ID number) and create your uniqname (necessary for creating your U-M email address). 

Step 3: Receive your I-20

The U-M International Center will issue your I-20 document electronically, which is necessary for your F-1 visa application (please note that this process takes several weeks).

Step 4: Apply for your F-1 visa

There are several steps to take in order to apply for your visa.  Most students with very few exceptions will apply for an F-1 visa. 


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