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International Student Handbook UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGANFLINT A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE University of MichiganFlint 303 E. Kearsley St. 219 UCEN Flint, MI 48502 Phone 810 7620867 Fax 810 7600006 Website www.umflint.edu international INTERNATIONAL CENTER

On behalf of the University of MichiganFlints International Center, I would like to welcome you to our campus and to the City of Flint By choosing this University, you are now a member of our global community of teachers and learners. Your purpose here will be defined through your commitment to become involved and your willingness to take advantage of the great opportunities our campus has to offer. We urge you to be open and willing to grow, learn, and share your remarkable culture through you

INTERNATIONAL CENTER The International Center IC is a university department that establishes a welcoming atmosphere for all students. The IC is home to Undergraduate International Admissions, the English Language Program, International Student Services, and the Office of Study Abroad for the UMFlint campus. Our services extend to active applicants, admitted and current students. The International Center serves students from all parts of the world, as well as the greater Flint community, by takin

TABLE OF CONTENTS GETTING STARTED Change of Address Health Insurance HOUSING OnCampus OffCampus MONEY AND BANKING Banking Services Checking Account Credit Card Telemarketing U.S. LAWS AND REGULATIONS FOR F1 J1 VISA STUDENTS F1 J1 Visas Maintaining Student Status Passport Visa I94 ArrivalDeparture Document I20DS2019 EMPLOYMENT OnCampus Employment OffCampus Employment Curricular Practical Training Optional Practical Training J1 Academic Training H1 Visa Jobs Green Card Lottery INCOME TAX Importa

ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE CLASSROOM Participation Missing Class See Your Professor Get Some Help Take Time to Enjoy Your Campus Experience Important Terms Academic Conduct Academic Misconduct SAFETY At Home On the Phone When Walking When in Your Car Personal Safety Protect Your Identity Protect Your Possessions For Help TRANSPORTATION Automobile Drivers License Automobile Insurance Traffic Violations Car Rentals Buses Rail Services Taxis Airports U.S. HOLIDAY INFORMATION OTHER IMP

GETTING STARTED Things to do before classes begin Check in with the International Center, so we can verify that you have arrived and confirm that you have all the documents needed. Look for a place to live if you have not previously arranged housing. Open a U.S. Bank account. Get a University of MichiganFlint ID UMID card. UMID cards are available in the Murchie Science Building, ITS computer lab. Register for classes. Register your Flint address. Visit the Registrars website at www.umflint.edur

Health Insurance Health insurance is required for all F1 and J1 Visa students and their dependents, and is billed automatically to your student account. The University offers student health insurance for the three University of Michigan campuses Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn through Chickering Benefit Planning Insurance Agency, Inc. and is underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Aetna Open Choice PPO. This health insurance is accepted at all local hospitals. Please see the insurance brochure for t

HOUSING OnCampus Built in 2008, the First Street Residence Hall offers modern, state oftheart housing options for students. Residential students at UMFlint can take advantage of downtown Flints growing cultural activities, businesses, coffee shops, eateries, and community events throughout the week and on weekends. Campus housing is available for undergraduate, graduate, and English Language Program students. We recommend living on campus for at least your first year. OffCampus The Riverfront R

When choosing an apartment, consider Furnished or unfurnished a furnished apartment typically comes with furniture including beds, dressers, a couch, chairs, table, appliances, and lamps. You must bring clothing, toiletries, and other necessities. An unfurnished apartment only has the appliances i.e., stove, refrigerator, and microwave. You must provide your own beds, sofas, chairs, tables, lamps, dressers and other items. Private or shared kitchen andor bathroom Some apartment buildings have

enough money to live in the respective residence. The deposit is a security for the landlord in case of damage to the apartment or if you fail to pay rent. If you leave the apartment in the same condition you found it, no damage or destruction and clean, your full deposit will be returned to you when you move out of that residence. There may also be an application fee, in which the landlord may use to check your credit to make sure you have no outstanding debts. This application fee is usually n

Before making your final decision about an apartment, you may want to ask these questions How many minutes does it take to walk or drive to UMFlint Is there a nearby bus stop How much is the rent per month How much is the security deposit Are utilities gas, electric, water, etc. included in the rent How much is the average heatelectricwater bill Is there an air conditioner, refrigerator, stove, and laundry facility What kind of flooring is there Carpet, wood, vinyl How soon is th

Renters Insurance Renters insurance is optional. It covers valuable items such as personal computer and electronic equipment. The items covered include theft, flood, fire, etc. If this extra insurance is considered, contact the company that covers your car because they normally carry renters insurance as well. Phone service Land line Telephone service in Michigan is available from a number of sources. Please see the Genesee County phone book for a complete listing of these services. CellMobile P

MONEY AND BANKING Currency American currency, regardless of denomination, is almost the same color and has a similar design. Be sure to check the amount on your bills before you use them to pay for an item or service. Checks drawn from foreign banks If you deposit a check drawn from a foreign bank in your U.S. checking account, it may take several weeks before the money is credited to your account. A faster method is to have the money wired to your U.S. account. Using cash For safety and conveni

You might be able to use your student ID as your identification, but you might find that a Michigan state ID or a Michigan drivers license will be the most sufficient option. When opening a checking account it is your responsibility to maintain an accurate balance of the money in your account. If you happen to spend more money than what you currently have in your account the check will bounce. When a check bounces, the bank will not pay the check amount. The bank and the store to which you wrote

US LAWS AND REGULATIONS FOR F1 J1 VISA STUDENTS As an international student in the U.S. there are many laws and regulations that must be followed. Not only is it necessary to follow the laws that all U.S. citizens follow, there are additional immigration laws for people who are in the country on a visa. United States Citizenship Immigration Services USCIS, has many regulations for students and it is important to be aware of them because ignorance of the law is no excuse. As an international st

Do not work offcampus without USCIS approval. The student visa prohibits you from working offcampus. You are not in the U.S. to work you are here to study. If leaving the U.S. make sure your I20DS2019 is valid for reentry. Before you travel, be sure to bring your I20DS2019 to the International Center to be signed on the back page for reentry. Obey all other laws. Do not hesitate to visit the International Center with any questions or concerns you may have. Passport The passport is your basic tra

I94 ArrivalDeparture Document The I94 is the little white card that you have to fill out on the plane along with the green card. A customs officer will staple one piece of the white card in your passport, and the green card is given to another officer after picking up your luggage. The white card indicates how long you will be able to stay in the U.S therefore, it is a very important document. If you have an F1 or J1 Visa, you may remain in the U.S. as long as you are enrolled as a fulltime stud

EMPLOYMENT OnCampus Employment As an international Student you are allowed to only work on campus. This is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session. A student may work if he or she follows these requirements Attending the school noted on the I20DS2019 on a fulltime basis Making normal progress toward intended major Does not work more than 20 hours per week After you have accepted a job on campus please visit the International Center if you have questions regarding the paperwork fo

Curricular Practical Training Students on an F1 visa who have been enrolled on a fulltime basis for at least eight months may be eligible, through authorization by the institution, for either parttime or fulltime curricular practical training in one of two ways 1. Employment which is a required part of the degree program always meets the requirement for CPT, regardless of whether or not the student will receive academic credit for the work. 2. Employment that is not a required part of the degree

J1 Academic Training J1 Exchange Visitors can receive employment training or practical experience related to their field of study by doing the academic training. It is fairly flexible and offers a variety of paid and unpaid, fulltime or parttime, training or employment situations, with one or more employers, to supplement their academic program in the U.S. Academic training is available at any stage of their academic program, either while they are enrolled in school or after they complete their

INCOME TAX Like most countries, the U.S. has specific tax regulations that everyone must follow, including international students. Everyone who receives a working income in the U.S. is required to complete an income tax return annually. International students who receive an income must complete a form called 1040NREZ U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return. If you have no U.S. source income, you must file the form 8843 Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition. V

W2 Wage and Tax Statement. A form issued annually by the employers. Copies of the W2 must be filed with federal, state and local returns. W4 Employees Withholding Allowance Certificate. A form completed by employees at the time of hire to indicate how much tax is to be withheld from the paycheck. 1042S Foreign Persons U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding. A form used to report total scholarshipfellowship payments, income tax withheld and other information relating to grant payments. You can

LEGAL MATTERS International students and scholars in the United States are expected to observe and respect not only laws that govern immigration, but also the same laws as American citizens. Since you are guaranteed the same protection of the law and civil rights as U.S. citizens, you can therefore legally be charged with breaking the law as well as take legal action against those who may commit a crime against you. If a crime is committed against you, notify the police and call 911 if you need

Care of Children It is illegal and unsafe to leave young children unattended in your home or car. If you have to leave your home or car even for a short time, take your child or children with you. Domestic Violence Physical assault on another family member is a crime. Police have the authority to arrest anyone who hits or seriously threatens another family member. Relationships It is illegal in the United States to solicit or have a sexual relationship with minors. A minor is considered anyone u

7. If the police want to search your home, ask to see the search warrant, which is issued by a judge and gives the police the right to search your home. The police do not have the right to search your home, car, or person without a warrant or without probable cause. 8. If you are arrested, the officer who arrests you will read your Miranda rights. A police officer is responsible for telling you your rights while arresting you. 9. The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly in

CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT Experts believe that cultural adjustment often occurs in three stages The Honeymoon Stageexcitement about being in the new country. The Uncomfortable Stage frustration, confusion, and negative feelings about the new culture, homesickness, illness. This stage is often called culture shock. Adjustment Stage understanding many aspects of the new culture, making friends, and discovering helpful people at the University ability to keep core values of the home country but operate

Work on enhancing English skills, especially your conversational skills. Enjoy nature. Walk around campus. Occasionally eat lunch outside in the courtyards. If you need help with the adjustment process, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact the International Center at 8107620867. All information is confidential. Tips on cultural adjustment from other international students Do not stay alone in your room every night. Go out with a friend to see the city or shop. Get involved with n

U.S. CULTURE This information is meant to provide some generalities about people in the United States, but it does not apply to all people in the U.S. Friendship Many people in the U.S. have a number of friends with whom they share something in common. A U.S. student may consider you a friend, but he or she may invite you to do something only once or twice per semester. This is not because he or she does not like you. It simply means that life in the United States is very busy and U.S. students

Talking with Americans Since the United States is a nation of immigrants, international students look as American as students from the U.S. U.S. students are very sensitive about differences, and some do not want to risk offending someone by asking an ignorant or insensitive question. For that reason, some U.S. students may feel shy about approaching you. If they do notice that you have a foreign accent, they may be unaccustomed to talking with someone who is not from the United States. They may

Work Ethic People from the United States tend to value hard work. They value being busy, and often make lists of what they hope to accomplish in a day. You may notice that people in the U.S. walk quickly, talk quickly and pay little attention to manners and politeness. Americans want to get down to business rather than make polite conversation. They do not mean to be rude. They just have a lot to do or think they do. Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Many people in the United States like to think tha

ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE CLASSROOM Educational systems vary from country to country. Here are some things you need to know about academic life at the University of MichiganFlint. In many cultures, there is a great difference in status between students and professors. Students listen quietly, not questioning what the professor says. In the United States, it is acceptable for students to ask questions and discuss topics with the professor. During the first class meeting, your profe

Missing Class You are expected to go to class on time and participate, notify your professor ahead of time if you will be absent or late. It is better to be late to class than to skip class. If you must miss class because of illness, you may need a doctors excuse, especially if you have a long illness and you must miss several classes. You can ask for a doctors note after you have been seen by the doctor. Ask your professors for their policies on missing class. The policies may also be included

Important terms Syllabus The most important document in the American college course is a syllabus. The syllabus contains the following a list of due dates for all assignments your professors name and office hours and an explanation of the way your grade will be calculated, amongst other important information regarding the course. Academic year The academic year at UMFlint is divided into terms. Fall and Winter are the major terms and last for 15 weeks. Spring and Summer terms are 7 weeks in leng

Transcript A record of courses taken and grades received by a student. For a fee, you can order official copies of your transcript from the Registrars Office 266 UPAV. Advising reports Unofficial transcripts that can be downloaded through your SIS account. Major The concentration of study for undergraduate students. Grades The quality of a students academic work is measured by letter grades. Academic Conduct Americans value originality and individual achievement. These values are reflected in th

Sanctions will be noted on the students permanent disciplinary record at the University of MichiganFlint. In the case of academic misconduct by a group of students, all members of the group will be tried by the University Committee on Academic Misconduct. Academic Misconduct Cheating In many cultures, it is common for students to collaborate on papers and projects. In the United States, it is forbidden to do so, unless the professor states that the paper or project is to be worked on in groups.

Changing a few words of someone elses work but not acknowledging that the ideas are not your own. When using the ideas of another person, give that persons name and the publication in which the ideas were published. If you have any questions about this, contact your instructor. Suggestions for avoiding academic misconduct You can read the Code of Student Conduct. Ask your professor how he or she wants you to cite sources that you use in your work. 36

SAFETY At home Keep your doors locked and do not admit strangers into your apartment or hold the door open for someone you do not know. Close your curtains or blinds at night lock windows and block sliding doors with a pole placed in the bottom track. List only your first initial and last name in telephone books, mailboxes and doors. Get to know your neighbors. Leave a light on and have a neighbor collect your mail and newspapers when you are away. On the phone Hang up immediately if you receive

Avoid dark streets. If you are followed, move away fast, change directions, or walk into a crowded area. Maintain a secure grip on your valuables, i.e., wallet or purse. Be cautious when entering public places like elevators, laundry facilities, or computer labs alone. If you think someone looks suspicious, leave. When in your car Keep car windows and doors closed and locked when your car is parked. Always lock your car doors, even when driving. When parking at night, select a place that will be

Protect your possessions Keep your books, handbags, and backpacks with you. Do not leave them unattended in classrooms, libraries, or other public places. Do not leave books, cameras, backpacks, or handbags unattended in your car lock them in the trunk. Use a Ubolt lock and steel chains to lock your bicycle. For help For all emergencies on and off campus call 911. Call UMFlint Public Safety 8107623335 for situations that are not emergencies. Blue light telephones placed around the campus are dir

TRANSPORTATION Automobile If you decide to buy a car during your stay in Michigan, please consider the total cost of owning one before you make the purchase. This is a partial list of things you have to pay for The vehicle itself Taxes License Plate or tags Monthly Insurance Maintenance and repairs Gas Parking Be aware that these expenses may put a strain on your budget. Drivers License To obtain a Michigan Drivers License there are several rules and regulations that you must follow. For example

Permit Fee Check with the Secretary of State for the current price. The Road Test A company certified by the Michigan Department of State gives the Road Test. You may get a listing of these companies from any Secretary of State Office or on their website. The State does not regulate fees for the road test, so be sure to call several places to compare costs. In order to take the road test you must have A temporary instruction permit for at least 30 days or have an international license or a trans

Traffic Violations If you drive too fast or break a traffic law, you may be stopped by a police officer. If this happens do not panic. Drive to the side of the road and stop. The police officer will come to your car to speak with you. Do not get out of your car. Be courteous and respectful and do exactly what the officer tells you. Do not offer money to any officer. Be aware that a seemingly trivial traffic ticket could create a very large legal problem for you. Be prepared to provide the office

City buses travel all over the City of Flint, to Courtland Center, and Genesee Valley Center. A special bus also runs to Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. GreyhoundIndian Trails 1401 S. Dort Highway Flint, MI 48503 810 2321114 A student discount may be available with a student ID from greyhound. These buses travel to multiple destinations in Michigan and other states. Rail Services Amtrak 1407 S. Dort Highway, Flint, MI 48503 www.amtrak.com 810 2342659 Taxis Vets Cab Co. Hey Taxi Best Cab

U.S. HOLIDAY INFORMATION 1 January 3rd Monday in January 3rd Monday in February Last Monday in May 14th June 4th July 1st Monday in September 2nd Monday in October 11th November 4th Thursday in November 25th December New Years Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day Presidents Day Memorial Day Flag Day Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Christmas Day Martin Luther King Jr. Day was first declared a public holiday in the U.S. by President Reagan in 1983. Born on January 15th

Columbus Day, traditionally the 12th of October, celebrates Christopher Columbus Arrival to the Americas in 1492. Veterans Day, also known as Remembrance Day marks the signing of the armistice to signal the end of World War I at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918. The veterans of all wars are remembered on this day. 45

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION Time Zones in the United States The U.S has four different time zones Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. There is a one hour difference between the time zones. For instance, if it is 12 noon in New York, NY, then it is 11 a.m. in Chicago, IL, 10 a.m. in Denver, CO and 9 a.m. in Los Angeles. Flint, Michigan is in the Eastern Standard Time zone. Weather and Clothing in Michigan Michigans weather and climate changes with the four seasons spring, summer, autumnfall,

CAMPUS LIFE Academic Advising Center The Academic Advising Center assists students in accomplishing academic, personal and professional goals by helping them plan their college career. Academic Advising is a continuous process that establishes a good connection with the student and advisor for a successful academic experience. All newly admitted students are required to meet with an advisor before registering for classes. To schedule an appointment for an advisor please call 810 7623085, or visi

Bookstore The bookstore sells books, textbooks, University clothing, office supplies, greeting cards, coffee, and snacks. The Bookstore is located on the first floor of the University Pavilion. Through the bookstore web site www.umflint.bncollege.com, students can buy their books online and faculty can request textbooks for their courses. Contact the bookstore at 810 7623030 or visit them on the first floor of the University Pavilion. Campus Activities Board The Campus Activities Board CAB is a

Center for Civic Engagement The Center for Civic Engagement CCE has a ten year history of partnering with faculty members, students, and community members to deliver innovative results by turning ideas into positive action. CCE supports courses and projects that incorporate civic engagement and communitybased learning. That support includes, but is not limited to researching best practices, aligning student projects with community needs to ensure mutual benefit and providing assessment tools. Yo

Department of Public Safety The Department of Public Safety is for maintaining a safe environment at the University. The departments role is to prevent crime on campus and assist with security related issues. Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 810 7623335 or by dialing 911 on any campus phone. The emergency phones are located throughout campus and are identified by a blue light on top of a pedestal, or inside a red emergency call box. By lifting the rec

Ellen Bommarito LGBT Center The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender LGBT Center of the University of MichiganFlint provides advocacy, support, outreach and a safe space for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and allies. The LGBT Center provides services and programming to assist all members of the UMFlint community in developing awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender concerns. The center offers periodicals, books, general information and trains facilitators for cl

To learn more about the Greek Organizations, visit the Office of Student Life at 361 UCEN or call 810 7623431. Also visit http www.umflint.edugreek for a list of chapters at UMFlint. Library The Frances Willson Thompson Library was opened in the fall of 1994 and is a spacious and comfortable facility for study and research. Its collection includes approximately 200,000 books and 30,000 bound magazines and journals. Your MCard can be used to check out items from the library and use the computers

Office of Research The Office of Research provides the UMFlint community with a wide variety of research related services and workshops. We also offer research related employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students on our campus. You can contact them at 810 7623383 or visit them at 530 French Hall. Personal Counseling The University provides limited counseling, free of charge, for currently enrolled students. The counseling sessions are strictly confidential and are held in a su

Registrars Office The Registrars Office offers class registration services and assistance. This office is also where you would go to add andor drop classes after the semester has started. The office has forms for address changes, name changes, and change of majors within the same school or college within the University. This office also handles transcript request, auditing graduation requirements and ordering diploma. For more information please call 810 7623344 or visit 266 University Pavilion.

Urban Health and Wellness Center UHWC There are two certified Adult Nurse Practitioners available for all students at the University. The UHWC can treat some conditions for a onetime fee. Services include referral to other health care providers, referral to community resources, tuberculosis testing, vision testing, health insurance questions, and HIV testing and counseling. For more information on additional services or to schedule an appointment call 810 4245269 or visit 1153 William S. White B

DINING IN DOWNTOWN FLINT 501 Tapas Bar 500 S. Saginaw St. www.501barandgrill.com Blackstones Grill 531 S. Saginaw St. www.blackstonegrill.com Churchills Food and Spirits 340 S. Saginaw St. www.churchillsflint.com The Torch Bar and Grill 522 buckham Alley www.torchbar.com Brown Sugar Coffee Shop 432 S. Saginaw St. Halo Burger 800 S. Saginaw St. www.haloburger.com Wise Guys Pizza 500 S. Saginaw St. www.wizeguyspizzainc.com Witherbees Market and DeliGrocery Store 601 King Ave. Hoffmans Deli 503 G

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Nondiscrimination Policy Statement The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunityaffirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight,

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