• Pack clothes appropriate for the Michigan climate, which is cold and snowy in winter, warm in summer, and comfortable in the fall and spring
  • We recommend purchasing items such as bedding, furniture, books, housewares, kitchen utensils, and most supplies once you have arrived and have secured housing
  • Carry with you on the plane your:

    • Passport with visa
    • I-20 or DS-2019
    • UM-Flint admission letter
    • Other important personal documents/important contact numbers

Before you depart for the United States, make sure you have:

  • Valid passport with valid travel visa
  • UM-Flint admission letter
  • I-20 
  • Proof of financial support 
  • Valid driver’s license and certified English translation (if you plan to drive in the United States)
  • Airport pick-up information
  • Medical records including record of immunizations (in English)
  • You may choose to bring large sums of money with you in the form of cash, money order, or traveler’s checks when entering the United States
  • You may bring as much money as you wish into the United States, however, any amounts of money exceeding the allowed $10,000 (US dollars) maximum must be declared in advance
  • When you arrive in the United States, you are required to declare all monies that you are bringing into the country. You will receive Form 6059B Customs Declaration, which must be filled in completely and truthfully 
  • If you do not declare your money, the penalties for noncompliance can be severe. Your money might be taken away, you will be required to provide a written explanation of your failure to comply, your case will be evaluated, and you might have to pay a considerable fine

For more information, refer to the US Customs and Border Protection Agency website

Airport Policies and Procedures

A little-known regulation exists which says that international visitors to the United States must carry their “registration document” with them. The “registration document” for F-1 students is Form I-94. With increased security precautions, particularly at airports, you should ensure you are in compliance.


US-VISIT is a “check-in/check-out system” which collects biographic information and biometric identifiers on all foreign nationals entering the United States. US-VISIT entry procedures are currently in place at US airports and seaports with international arrivals and in the secondary inspection areas of US land border ports of entry. Upon arrival or departure at a port of entry where US-VISIT is in place, you are required to comply with the procedures. Procedures involve photographing and digital fingerprinting. Your information will be stored and checked against various national security and law enforcement databases.

For more information, refer to US-VISIT on the US Department of Homeland Security website.

Airport Information

Due to heightened national security measures, information about air travel changes often. For the latest information on air travel regulations and restrictions, refer to the following resources:

  • US Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Safety Authority
  • Your airline or travel agent


Arrival Check with your airline or travel agent to determine how early to arrive at the airport. Recommended check-in times differ by airline/airport and change during peak travel times.

The International Center provides airport pick-up at the Flint Bishop International Airport for our incoming fall term students. Taxi services are also available. You may schedule a taxi in advance by calling

Hey! Taxi at +1 (810) 629-7080.

Airport parking at Flint Bishop International (FNT) Parking is available in the designated parking areas. Some parking areas may be restricted in compliance with enhanced security measures. It is critical that your car remains attended if you are dropping off or picking up a passenger. Unattended vehicles are banned at terminals.
Documents and ID You will need government-issued (federal, state, or local) identification and a paper boarding pass to pass through  an airport security checkpoint. Examples of government- issued identification include a driver’s license or passport.
Checking in Check with your airline to find out what process you will need to follow to check in for your flight. Due to heightened airport security measures and the random and thorough nature of security searches, do not bring wrapped packages on-board the aircraft.
Holiday Packages Pack your unwrapped gifts/packages with your checked luggage or ship your packages in advance of your departure. Check with your airline for restrictions on carry-on and checked luggage.
What to expect at security checkpoint Refer to US Department of Homeland Security Transportation Safety Authority Passenger Security Checkpoints
Hotel Information The closest hotel to UM-Flint is the Holiday Inn Express, located about one block from campus. You may be able to request an  airport pick-up from the hotel in advance.

Holiday Inn Express
1150 Robert T Longway Blvd
Flint, MI 48503-1851
Phone: +1 (810) 238-7744