International Participants

The Linguistic Institute always welcomes many participants from around the world! If you are a student from outside the U.S., please refer to the information below in planning your visa needs for traveling to the U.S. for the Institute.

About entry into the United States: Please note that neither possession of a valid passport, nor meeting the basic requirements for traveling visa-free on the Visa Waiver Program, guarantees admission to the United States. As with most countries, immigration officials at the port of entry make the final determination of admissibility.

With the above in mind, please be aware that all persons who are registered in our program are classified as participants and never as students. This categorization is in place because the 2013 Linguistic Institute is not a degree-granting institution, tuition is not collected and transcripts are not issued. Please do not confuse or alarm immigration authorities by referring to yourself as a “student” in connection with your registration for the 2013 Linguistic Institute and the attendant purpose of travel to the United States. Always identify yourself as a “seminar participant.”

The appropriate visa for Linguistic Institute participants is the B-1/B-2 visa. Please see this page, put together by the University of Michigan’s International Center, for very detailed information about the process of applying for a B visa. For participants who are citizens of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you may be able to travel here on a visa waiver. If you fall into this category, please note the ESTA requirement for the visa waiver, as described on the International Center’s B-1/B-2 visa information page.

Whether you are applying for the B-1/B-2 visa or traveling on here on a visa waiver, you will need a letter of invitation to attend the Linguistic Institute for your visa and/or entry into the U.S. Please email us at for this official letter.

About health insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase health insurance for the duration of your stay at the Linguistic Institute, as the Institute and the University of Michigan are not responsible for any medical costs incurred while you are here. Information about short-term health insurance is available at the link below. U-M does not endorse the health insurance provider connected to this link: