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Welcome to NMU!

If you have been admitted to NMU, you will receive an e-mail from us, congratulating you and also informing you of a few important next steps. In addition, you will get a university acceptance package in 2-3 weeks (depending on mail speed). It will include an admissions letter, an I-20, and information about living and studying at NMU.

Please follow the steps below to prepare for your arrival, and utilize the information on this page to help get you ready for your life at NMU.

Preparing for Your Arrival

1. SEVIS I-901 Fee

  • Pay your SEVIS I-901 fee. This can be done online with a credit card. Please be sure to print your receipt out at the end.
    • You will need your SEVIS number which is in the upper left of your I-20 or DS 2019 (starts with N).

2. Apply for your Student Visa

  • F-1 Student Visa - apply for this visa if you are attending our ESL program or have been admitted as an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student. 
  • J-1 Exchange Visa - Exchange students from an approved partner university. 
  • Here is a helpful video with visa interview tips

ATTENTION CANADIAN STUDENTS: You do not apply for an F1 visa. You will need to bring the following documentation with you for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) review:

  • NMU Admissions Letter
  • Form I-20
  • SEVIS I-901 Fee receipt
  • Passport
  • Recommended to bring proof of finances (how will you pay for your education at NMU)

**Be sure to print out these forms for your visa interview and for entrance to the U.S.

U.S. Customs will review your documentation and they will date stamp your I-20 and write "F-1 D/S". Please check your date stamp to make sure you were admitted as an F-1 student and not a visitor on a "B" visa. 

1. Orientation

You will need to attend 2 orientation programs during your first enrolled semester at NMU. 



Sign up for the August (fall semester) or January (winter semester) NMU General Student "Make-Up" orientation and pay the orientation fee.

Please wait until after July 8, 2022 to register for this orientation program here

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 exchange students and students who have attended another college/university



(Please note: Due to pandemic related issues, Fall 2022 International Student orientation is in planning - more information to come.)

Fall 2022 semester: August 23-26, 2022

This orientation program will be conducted by the International Programs Office. Information will include immigration guidance, cultural support, tips for academic success, and practical support (cell phone set-up, bank accounts, shopping trips). 

2. Create your NMU Email Account

Please follow the instructions on how to create your NMU email account. Once you create your username and password you will go to and enter your username and password to complete your NMU email account set up.

You will use the same username and password to log into your MyNMU account to complete your housing application below. 

3. Housing

Apply for housing through your MyNMU account. You will need your NMU IN (found on your admissions letter) and need to pay a $200 housing deposit along with a $50 application fee. Your housing contract will start the Thursday before the first day of classes.

If you are 21 years of age or older, you can apply to stay in an apartment. To do this you will need to submit a paper application and fax it to our Housing office at 1-906-227-1423 or email it to

In order to assist you in arranging early arrival - we must be notified about your flight information before the start of orientation. 

4. Flight Information

You will need to make 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. 

(Please note: Due to pandemic related issues, Fall 2022 international orientation is in planning - more information to come.)

  • Fall 2022 semester: Arrive between Sunday and Tuesday (August 21-23)  Orientation will begin on Wednesday, August 24.
  • Winter 2023 semester: Arrive on Tuesday, January 10. Orientation will begin on Wednesday, January 11. (Please do not arrive earlier. There are limited facilities open on campus during this time.)

NOTE: You will be charged approximately $30.00 per day until your housing contract starts on the Thursday of your orientation week. 

5. 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 fill out our Welcome Package/Airport Pickup form and email it to We will charge your NMU student account $80.00 for this service.  

6. Airport Pick-up $35.00 (Optional)

Would you like a staff member from the International Programs Office to pick you up from K.I. Sawyer International Airport and bring you to your assigned housing? 

If so, please fill out the Welcome Package/Airport Pick up form and email it to 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

Please note: Our airport is very small and cozy. You will not need to walk very far to pick up your luggage.

1. International Student Orientation 

You will receive a detailed international student orientation schedule at least one week before arrival. During this orientation, we will cover immigration check it, have presentations from different student services departments, cover basic immigration rules and regulations along with getting to know campus and preparing you for your NMU orientation. 

ATTN: Fall 2021 English and Math Testing will be administered online. Information will be sent to all new students.

2. English Composition Testing

All new (degree-seeking and exchange) international students are required to take an English Composition test. This test is a placement test to let us know what level of English Composition you should start with. Most students place into our EN 109/EN109W Intensive College Composition course. This test will be scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday before classes start. You do not need to bring anything to this test as we will have it set up for you. 

3. Math Placement Test 

You will now take a Math Placement test during your NMU orientation and it will be on your orientation schedule that you receive at your orientation check-in on Wednesday afternoon. 

4. Insurance

All F1 and J1 visa students are required to have health insurance that meet immigration and NMU requirements. Please review the NMU International Health Insurance website for information about the current health insurance policy, coverage dates, costs, and the waiver process. 

Insurance Waiver/Adjustment DEADLINES:

  • Fall 2022 Semester: To be determined
  • Winter 2023 Semester: To be determined

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the International Programs Office.

5. Vaccination Information

NMU requires all students to provide proof of receiving 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. Please bring your vaccination records with you to provide to our NMU Health Center. If you do not have proof of your MMR vaccinations, then you will need to receive them at NMU.

Some students will also be required to have a Tuberculosis Test (TB) please see for the list of countries that will need to be tested for TB. If you test positive, then you will be sent to have an x-ray done. You will be responsible for the costs of any vaccinations/tests that need to be done.

For information on the Covid-19 Vaccination policy - please visit the NMU Safe-on-Campus Website.

For cost information, please see our Health Center website and the different services they provide.

6. Payment Plans

During your NMU orientation, you will need to either pay your NMU student account (for tuition and room/board) in full or sign up for one of the NMU payment plans.

Please review the information about available payment plans and let us know if you have any questions. 

1. Foreign Student Documentation Fee $125.00

This is a one-time charge for all international students for their first semester. This charge covers the cost of recertification of our SEVIS F1/J1 programs as well as other administrative immigration duties performed during your stay at NMU.

2. Credit Card

If you are planning to travel during your stay in the US you may want to get a credit card from your home country. A credit card is needed to rent a car and many times to reserve a hotel room. 

3. Weather

The weather in Marquette can be wonderful but it can change a lot in just one day. You will want to bring clothes for warm and cold weather. 

4. 12 month/24 month rule (exchange students/scholars)

Please review the bottom of your DS 2019 and if you have a checkmark regarding 2-year residency requirement see the link for more information.

5. Facebook

Like us on Facebook "Northern Michigan University International"

6. Marquette Community

Visit the City of Marquette website to get information about our beautiful area.

7. Culture Presentation

Are you interested in presenting to the NMU and Marquette community about your culture. The IES office would like to host two culture presentations each semester and it consists of a presentation about 20-30 minutes long and have a time to answer questions from our audience. 

8. Immigration Terms

This will provide you with the definitions of immigration terms you will hear during your time at NMU.

NMU Technology Tools


MyNMU is a Northern Michigan University webpage that gives you access to your student information. From the website, you can log in and access the following information:

  • Check your NMU email.
  • Student Services: Here you can view/update your personal information, search and register for courses, view your grades, unofficial transcript, and more.
  • Employee Services: If you work on campus and get paid, this is where you can check your payment information.
  • View and pay your tuition bills.
  • Get links to the NMU Bookstore and Olson Library located on campus.
  • View your CatCa$h and Dining Dollar transactions/balances, report a lost NMU ID card and deposit funds into your CatCa$h account.
  • Purchase your recreation membership, which gives you access to the PEIF, Superior Dome, and the Berry Events Center.
  • Register your bicycle with Public Safety (in case your bike is lost or stolen, Public Safety will have a better chance of finding it).



MyUser is a web server that enables students, faculty and staff to check the status of their NMU accounts. Here, users can also change their account password and personalize settings such as e-mail SPAM filtering. MyUser also offers the ability for users to check the status of login, e-mail, web and personal information.


Help Desk

As a part of the Academic Computing Services, the Help Desk provides support for NMU issued computers. If you have any computer related problem or question, send an email to, call 227-2468, or stop by Harden 116.The  Help Desk is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

Academic Resources

As a university student, performing well academically is important. What you learn in your studies prepares you for jobs you will have during your adult life. Prepare yourself by viewing which courses NMU offers, how to drop or add classes after a semester has started, how to view your grades, and the requirements for graduation.

Undergraduate Course Bulletin

Everything you need to know about Northern's undergraduate programs, the 180 degrees offered and unlimited ways to customize your education.  Plus all the details and resources for your academic journey.

Graduate Course Bulletin

Northern Michigan University features 30 programs leading to master's degrees, specialist degrees, certificates, endorsements or certifications, offered by 10 departments.

Course Timetable

The course timetable is a quick link to show you which courses are offered during the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Some of the courses may not be offered when you want to take them, so it is important to know the information and plan ahead for future semesters. Get the information from the web site, check with your adviser, and make sure you are on the right track!


You can obtain the final grades usually by the first Thursday after the semester ends. Browse through the website and you’ll obtain the directions to view or print your grade report.


If you need to add or drop a course, you must be aware of the certain rules you have to follow. Browse through this web site for more options or stop by the Student Service Center in C.B. Hedgcock (Room 2201) for more information.


This link provides information on NMU’s graduation process and commencement ceremonies. You can also find helpful tips to prepare you for graduation.