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International Center

The International Center is the unit on campus responsible for helping international students comply with immigration rules as well as assisting students' transition to the University.

They are located on central campus. The address is:

1500 Student Activities Building (SAB)
515 E. Jefferson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

You can take the Commuter South campus bus from Pierpont Commons to the Michigan Union. Then walk to the SAB.


Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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International students enrolled in an ECE Graduate Program may register for CPT (RACK 998) during the spring/summer term. Usually students conduct the internship in the spring/summer, but register for RACK 998 in the preceding winter term.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Graduate students must enroll full-time each fall and winter semester.
  • Students may not engage in CPT in lieu of full-time enrollment.
  • CPT will not be allowed in the student’s final term unless the student needs to register for other courses that are required for the completion of the academic program.
  • All ECE Grad students are in RACKHAM programs, NOT CoE Masters of Engineering
  • ENGR 400, managed by ECRC, is for domestic, undergraduate students ONLY.
  • ENGR 600 is for Masters of Engineering students ONLY.

ECE Instructions for CPT:

  1. Completed the CPT Online Certification Course (through the International Center)
  2. Prepare the following:
    1. CPT Online Completion Certificate (International Center website)
    2. An official job offer letter from a company
      1. Inform your employer that this letter must be detailed and list specific duties for the internship. A sample letter is on the IC website.
    3. The Academic/Faculty Advisor Recommendation Form
      1. Complete the only the first two lines of the "NAME" section.
    4. A detailed CPT Statement of Intent
      1. Describe the job you will be doing in detail and give some description of the company and how their work relates to your field of study
      2. Describe how the work that you will be doing relates to the coursework that you have done or will do in your academic program.
    5. A plan of study signed by your academic/research advisor.
    6. UMich transcript (unofficial is okay).
  3. Submit all documents above to an ECE Graduate Coordinator and receive a CPT memo.
  4. Take documents and memo to ECE Academic Advisor for signature.
  5. Email your CPT application plus your I-20 (p. 1 & 3) and I-94 to ISDGradCoords@umich.edu and ece-grad-program@umich.edu with the subject line: “CPT Documents” or drop it off at School of Information-North Campus, room 1220.
  6. You will be notified of your enrollment in RACK 998.
  7. After you are enrolled in RACK 998, take your application packet (including I-20 and I-94) to the International Center for final approval.
  8. Following your CPT experience you must submit a final report (3-5 pages) that outlines all of the work that you did during your internship. You will be contacted to submit the report. The Program Chair will review this report and issue the grade for RACK 998.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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You must be enrolled in courses the semester you apply for OPT.

If you apply for OPT and you do not graduate at the end of the semester, it is your responsibility to contact the International Center to cancel your OPT. Failure to contact the International Center can result in you being out of immigration status or the loss of OPT time.

ECE Instructions for OPT Letter from Academic Advisor:

  1. Submit a plan of study signed by your academic/research advisor. (If you have already submitted your final plan of study, you do not have to submit another one.)
  2. Apply for graduation.
  3. Email an ECE graduate program coordinator for a OPT letter.
  4. Complete the remaining steps outline on the International Center's website.

Reduced Course Load

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Students are only allowed one reduced course load for academic difficulties or medical condition per program.

ECE Instructions for reduced course load:

  1. Determine the reason for a reduced course load.
  2. Based on the chosen reason, complete the following steps:
    1. Completion of Course Study (last semester in the program)
      1. Complete Reduced Course Load Request Form.
      2. Complete a plan of study signed by your academic/research advisor. (If you have already submitted your final plan of study, you do not have to submit another one.)
      3. Submit the two forms to an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
      4. You will receive a RCL letter from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
      5. Submit all paperwork to the International Center.
    2. Academic Difficulties
      1. Complete Reduced Course Load Request Form.
      2. Write a statement for the reason for your academic difficulty.
      3. Submit the two items to an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
      4. You will receive a RCL letter from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
      5. Have your ECE Graduate Academic Advisor sign RCL letter.
      6. Schedule a meeting with an International Student Adviser to submit all paperwork to the International Center.
      7. Drop the course through Wolverine Access.
    3. Medical Condition
      1. Get a letter about medical condition from a medical professional according to guidelines listed on the website above.
      2. Complete Reduced Course Load Request Form.
      3. Submit the three items to an ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
      4. You will receive a RCL letter from the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator.
      5. Schedule a meeting with an International Student Adviser to submit all paperwork to the International Center.
      6. Drop the course through Wolverine Access

Employment Options

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How do I extend my I-20?

  1. Determine the reason for the I-20 extentsion. Unacceptable reasons for extension can be found on this page (I-20 Extension Guidelines).
  2. Complete the additional documents on this page (I-20 Extension Guidelines).
  3. Complete a plan of study signed by your academic/research advisor.
  4. Submit documents to ECE Graduate Coordinator for a signature.
  5. Submit documents to International Center.

How can I improve my English?

There are four mains ways to improve your English skills:

  1. Enroll in an English course sponsored by the English Language Institute. Learn more about the course offering here.
  2. Join a conversation group sponsored by the English Language Institute. Learn more about these here.
  3. Participate a student organization on campus. This organization should have English as the primary language spoken. This is will allow you the opportunity to speak English with other English speakers in a casual and fun setting. Click here to learn more about the student organizations on campus.
  4. Get an on-campus job. Just like the student organizations, this will provide you the opportunity to speak English in a natural, everyday setting.