Glossary

  • F-1 Student Visa – The type of student visa issued to international students who are attending an academic program at a U.S. college or university. All Ross exchange students (with few exceptions) will apply for an F-1 student visa.
  • I-20 – An I-20 is a form that the University of Michigan creates on your behalf with the SEVIS system so that you can apply for your F-1 visa.
  • International Center (IC) – The International Center (IC) serves the international population on campus, facilitates intercultural and international education, and fosters a global campus community at the University of Michigan.
  • M-Compass – U-M’s education abroad application management system. U-M students use it to search for programs for their own education abroad experiences, and nominated students from our partner institutions use it to complete the process for applying to study at U-M. 
  • M-Passport – The International Center’s request and document management system for international students attending  U-M, including exchange students. Once your I-20 form has been uploaded, you will receive an email invitation to login to the portal and access the document.
  • Ross Global Initiatives – The department within the Ross School of Business that works with incoming exchange students as well as coordinates semester and short-term study abroad programs for full-time Ross BBA and MBA students.
  • Ross Registrar’s Office – The office that handles all Ross student records, which includes both class registration and transcripts.
  • SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) – The Web-based system that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to maintain information on Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools and F-1 and M-1 students who come to the United States to attend those schools. SEVIS issues the I-20 forms for all Ross Exchange Students.
  • UMID – An 8-digit number issued to each student, which serves as your University of Michigan identification number.
  • Uniqname – The University of Michigan computing ID for each student, staff, or faculty member affiliated with the University. The uniqname also serves as the U-M email address (YourUniqname@umich.edu).