This section is applicable to all travel whether it is study abroad, working abroad, volunteering abroad or vacation and it is intended to help you plan the travel logistics of your trip.
Airfare To and From Location
When should I plan my flight(s)?
Check with your program advisor. Some programs
offer discounts or require students to be on the
same flight. Make sure you know when you must
be at your destination and plan accordingly.
Should I buy my return flight now?
There is no good answer to this question. The advantages of buying your flight ahead of time are:
round trip tickets and tickets purchased well before the date of departure tend to be less expensive, you
will have paid ahead of time and you won’t have to worry about taking care of it while abroad. Students
often change their plans after programs and want to stay and travel or extend the work experience,
which is expensive to do if you have already bought a return ticket.
IPE program participants are required to have a passport which is valid at least 6 months beyond the end
date of the program.
Non-US Citizens can select other and important find any passport fees which apply to them if necessary.
For more information on obtaining a passport and passport fees:
Note: It takes usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to process passports. If you need it faster, you will need to expedite
your passport which is more expensive.
For more information on passports, click here.
Visa requirements and cost vary from program to program and country to country. Check with your program for more information.
For more information on visas, click here.
What is this?
GeoBlue insurance is available to all UM students, faculty and staff and required for IPE programs. For
U-M programs, you are automatically enrolled for GeoBlue insurance for your program dates.
Students going on IPE Programs should not enroll themselves, and will get more information during
For more information:
Visit their website: https://geobluestudents.com/
Contact us: http://ipe.engin.umich.edu/advising/
How much is it?
$5 administration fee
$1.10 per day for coverage
What if I want to extend my trip?
The Expense Calculator calculates GeoBlue Insurance cost based on the number of weeks inputted in the
beginning of the form.
If you would like coverage for a different amount of time than calculated, you may change the number
of days you want insurance coverage.
You must visit https://geobluestudents.com/ to extend your coverage.
Note: The cost of this insurance is automatically included in your budget.It is strongly encouraged that
you use GeoBlue Health Insurance while abroad
If for some reason you do not plan to use this service, you may change the # of days for insurance to 0.
For more information on GeoBlue insurance, click here.
Check with your doctor before your departure to ensure you have enough supplies of any prescriptions before your departure. Ensure you are up-to-date on any vaccinations and check with your program for more health and safety information.
University of Michigan Health Services’ Overseas Travel Clinic can help assist students with specific international health concerns including vaccinations.
Re-entry fees/Exit fees
Re-entry fees/Exit fees vary from country to country and may be applicable to travel you do while abroad. Budget money for this and check with your program for more information.
Questions or Comments? Please contact your IPE Advisor.