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International Education

O'Dowd Hall, Room 328
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2889
[email protected]

Office hours
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Alex Zimmerman, Director
(248) 370-2843
[email protected]

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Resources are available to make your study abroad experience easier to navigate from deciding a program, to completing your application, preparing for departure, and arriving at your destination.

Housing at OU

Students with a housing scholarship who are studying abroad must visit the financial aid office to go over financial aid requirements (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.), and how financial aid may be affected during and after studying abroad. Contact financial aid at [email protected] or (248) 370-2550.

Students living in University housing prior to studying abroad must contact the OU Housing Office to cancel the housing lease/contract Housing Contract, before their departure date. Housing lease cancellation is due November 30. Move out and key return to the Housing Office is due by the last day of finals. The Housing Office is located in Hamlin Hall, Room 448, [email protected], (248) 370-3570.

Students planning to move back into University Housing in the Fall or Winter after studying abroad must:

  1. Apply for Housing
  2. Sign-up for year-long Housing Contracts begins on February 1 at 8 a.m
  3. Sign-up for winter Housing contracts opens November 1 at 8 a.m.

Winter Study Abroad students need to cancel their winter housing contracts. Students should contact university housing regarding any fees caused by contract cancellation.

Packing List

Created for Students by Students

Standard Items
Passport, Student ID, plane tickets
Prescriptions, Vitamins 
Carry-on luggage, backpack, daypack/fanny pack
Flash drive, pens, pencils, notebooks
Folding umbrella
Water bottle
Purse, Money belt/satchels

Cash, credit cards, ATM card

Laptop Computer, power converter
Cell phone

Bring clothes that are easily layered for various climate conditions, do not need ironing, can be drip-dried, and are comfortable and durable. Check your program for special dress requirements.
Hoodie/Sweaters, Light jacket
Nice outfits – mix and match
Running shoes, Walking shoes, Flip flops (for showering)
Pajamas Socks/underwear – two-week supply
Workout clothes

Pillowcase, hydro towel, sheet sleeping sack (useful for hostels travel)

Hairbrush/comb, toothbrush
Hand sanitizer, travel-size Kleenex
Glasses/contact lenses, contact lenses solution

Contact Abroad
Google Voice, What’s App, Facebook Messenger