ALL Exchange students are REQUIRED to live in on-campus housing.

Housing requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should apply as soon as possible.


Residence Hall (dorm)

You can submit your residence hall application one of two ways:

1. Online (requires a credit card)
    a. Go to www.nmu.edu/housing
    b. Click on "Residence Halls"
    c. Click on "Residence Hall Application" (left side)
    d. Click on "Online Residence Hall Application" (bottom of screen)
    e. At the end you will need to pay your $125 residence hall deposit and you will get a confirmation number. 

2. E-mail or Fax
    a. Download the application at www.nmu.edu/housing
    b. Click on "Residence Halls"
    c. Click on "Residence Hall Application" (left side)
    d. Print and fill out the complete application
    e. Scan and e-mail it to housing@nmu.edu or fax it to Housing at 906-227-1423.

If you e-mail or fax your residence hall application and you do not have a credit card you will need to wire your $125 housing deposit to NMU. If you have a credit card you can pay through your NMU eBill or by calling the Student Service Center at 1-906-227-1221.

Apartment (on-campus) 

If you are 21 years of age or older you can apply to live in an on-campus apartment. Please fill in the apartment application and fax it to our Housing office at 906-227-1423.

Submit your $125 Apartment deposit one of the following ways:

1. Wire to NMU
2. Phone - Call the Student Service Center at 1-906-227-1221 to pay with a credit card.
3. NMU eBill - follow the steps above:

You may remain in your NMU housing during the Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks at no additional cost. Services and meals are NOT provided during these periods. All residence halls are closed on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. immediately following commencement. Halls reopen on the Saturday before the first day of classes. If you plan to arrive early or stay on campus during the Fall semester break (Christmas/New Year), you may arrange to stay in local host settings. You may also make your own arrangements for off-campus housing during these periods.



Pay through NMU eBill:

  1. Create your NMU Username and password
    1. Once you create your NMU username and password your will them have access to your https://mynmu.nmu.edu/ account which gives you access to your eBill account, E-mail and many other functions that you will use.
  2. Now you will log into your NMU e-bill account to pay your housing deposit:
    1. Go to https:\\mynmu.nmu.edu
    2. Log in using your userid and password you just created
    3. Click on the “Student Services” Tab
    4. Click on the “Click here to: under the eBill Payment System (about half way down the page on the left side)"
    5. Wait a minute for the screen to load all information
    6. At the top of the eBilll screen click on “Deposits” tab
    7. Select “Fall 2015” and click on “Select”
    8. Select “Single ST Apartment" for an apartment or "Residence Hall" for a dorm and click on “Select”
    9. Click on “Make Deposit Payment”
    10. Select your method of payment and follow the remaining instructions
    11. At the end you will get a tracking number for your records.

International Wire Transfer

Northern Michigan University has partnered with Flywire in order to streamline the process of international payments. Flywire allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency.

By making your payment with Flywire you can

  • Track your payments from start to finish
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates
  • Contact their multilingual customer support team with any questions, day or night

If you have questions about making an international payment, visit https://www.flywire.com/help.

Video - How to Make an International Payment with Flywire

More Information - Contact the International International Programs Office at ipo@nmu.edu or call 906-227-2510.

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Northern operates a health center (clinic) on campus, and your student insurance is accepted there. The health center provides many health care services, including prescription drugs and appropriate specialty referrals. The regional hospital, Marquette General, is located only one block from campus.

ALL international students at Northern Michigan University are required to purchase the University’s basic health coverage. This insurance provides you with full and continuous coverage through a U.S. based insurance company. It includes both medical evacuation and repatriation. The NMU insurance does NOT include routine dental or eyeglass coverage. The charge for your health insurance coverage will appear on your first semester bill and must be paid in full. Your insurance will be pro-rated if you attend only one semester.

Fall semester classes generally begin on the last Monday in August and finish in mid-December. Winter semester classes generally begin in mid-January and conclude in late April/beginning May.

You will need to book your flight to K.I. Sawyer International Airport in Marquette, Michigan (airport code: MQT). Once you arrive at the airport, it is a short 20-minute drive to Northern Michigan University's campus. You can either register for the optional Airport Pick-up or arrange your own transportation to campus. 

For the Fall 2023 semester, the IPO is offering an airport pick-up option from Chicago O'Hare International Airport. You must be in Chicago before August 20th at 3:00 pm. We will drive you to Marquette from Chicago. 

All students should provide arrival information on the NMU International Student Arrival Form. This will ensure that you have transportation and that you are able to get into your dorms in case of an arrival outside of business hours. 

Airport Pick-up $35.00 (Optional)

If you would like an IPO staff member to pick you up from K.I. Sawyer International Airport or Chicago O'Hare International Airport (August 20th only), please request the service on the NMU International Student Arrival Form. We will charge your NMU student account $35.00 for this service. 

If you would like to take a taxi, you will need to make a reservation with Checker Transport

Welcome Package $80.00 (Optional)

The International Programs Office can provide you with a blanket, twin sheets for your bed, pillow, pillowcase, towel, washcloth, and a snack bag. Please request the service on the NMU International Student Arrival Form. We will charge your NMU student account $80.00 for this service.  

All international students will attend the NMU General Orientation upon arrival.

Sign up for the August (fall semester) or January (winter semester) NMU General Student Orientation and pay the orientation fee HERE.

*NOTE: registration opens approximately one month prior to the start of the semester.

New Freshman Orientation: This is for students who are attending NMU and have not attended any other college/university. 

Transfer Student Orientation: This is for students who have attended another college/university

International Programs Office Orientation 

This orientation program will include presentation from the International Programs Office. During these sessions, we will provide information regarding immigration guidance, cultural support, tips for academic success, and practical support (cell phone set-up, bank accounts, shopping trips). 

Your home institution will work with you to select courses that meet your academic needs. It is best to convey those choices to us at least two to three months prior to your arrival; classes may be full, requiring special permission. A copy of your course registration will remain on file in International Programs.

You are entering Northern Michigan University as a J-1 Exchange Visitor, a program sponsored by NMU with authorization from the United States State Department. The J-1 Program carries with it a significant expectation of cultural exchange. You will have several opportunities to participate in cross-cultural activities during your time on our campus.