International Participants

The ICPSR Summer Program welcomes our many participants from around the world! Thank you for choosing the University of Michigan ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research for your professional development needs.

The appropriate visa for ICPSR Summer Program participants is the B-1/B-2 visa. When you travel under the B1 or Visa Waiver Program, your visit in the United States must be for 90 days or less and is limited to the activities of business or tourism. The B1 Business visa is used by persons whose purpose of travel is to participate in an educational or professional conference or seminar on specific dates at a specific location in the USA. The ICPSR Summer Program is a short-term training seminar which comprises demonstrations, lectures, simulation activities, meetings, and guest speakers presenting on the topic of Quantitative Methods of Social Research.

Whether you are applying for the B-1/B-2 visa or traveling here as a citizen of a Visa Waiver country, you will need a letter of invitation to attend the ICPSR Summer Program. Please email to request our official letter of invitation, which validates the purpose of your travel to the United States.

For persons who are not citizens of a country included in the Visa Waiver Program, the process for obtaining a visa stamp can be lengthy, so please begin your application for the B1 visa in a timely manner. We suggest that you contact us to request your letter of invitation no less than 10 weeks in advance of your intended start date. Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable air tickets should not be made until you have been approved and have received your visa. Check with your US Embassy or Consulate to determine the time required for visa processing.

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 ICPSR Summer Program 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 in the ICPSR Summer Program. Always identify yourself as a "seminar participant," as that is the purpose of your travel to the United States.

Steps to Follow for the Visitor Visa B1 Business

  1. Please read the complete information about the B1 nonimmigrant visa.

  2. Next, find the US Embassy or Consulate website for your location and review their specific steps for a B1 visa application.

  3. After completing payment for your ICPSR Summer Program registration, please contact to request our letter of invitation.

  4. Complete the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application.

  5. Print your DS-160 with a legible bar code and retain the confirmation page.

  6. Pay the visa application processing fee and retain the payment receipt.

  7. Schedule your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.

  8. Bring your passport, letter of invitation, DS160 confirmation page and the receipt for the visa application processing fee to your scheduled appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate.

  9. Having secured your visitor visa please feel free to purchase your round trip air travel.

  10. Retain your letter of invitation, and your passport for review by immigration authorities upon arrival and departure at your port of entry.

Steps to follow for U.S. Visa Waiver Program

  1. To see if your citizenship grants you the ability to enter the U.S. without a visa visit the U.S. State Department website.

  2. If so, complete the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

  3. After completing payment for your registration, please contact to request our letter of invitation.

  4. Having confirmed your eligibility to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, please feel free to purchase your round trip airline ticket.

  5. Bring your ICPSR letter of invitation and your passport with you for your arrival and departure from your planned port of entry in the United States. Border Control will request these essential travel documents.

  6. If your port of entry is on a land border you will be issued an I-94 card. Safeguard your I-94 card with your passport. You must present both upon departure from the United States.

Note: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most (but not all) citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa, if they meet all requirements outlined by the US Department of State: Visa Waiver Program

If you are from a country participating in the Visa Waiver Program, but you do not meet all of the VWP criteria, then you will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

What about Canadian citizens?

For the purposes of participating in the ICPSR Summer Program, most Canadian citizens can travel to the United States with a valid passport and without a visa. Landed immigrants (Canadian permanent residents) must apply for a visa based on the country that issued their passport. Canadian permanent residents should follow the steps outlined above for the B1 visitor visa and if entering the U.S at the land border retain the paper I-94 card issued to you, which is required for your reentry.

What about Mexican Citizens?

The United States government requires Mexican citizens to request admission to the United States. In order to obtain your B1 visitor visa follow the steps 1-10 outlined above. Again, if entering the U.S at a land border retain the paper I-94 card issued to you, which is required for your reentry.

ICPSR Summer Program English Language Proficiency

Our only requirement with respect to your English language skills is that you are confident in your English language fluency. Our aim is that the ICPSR Summer Program training experience proves profitable for you because you have actively engaged in discussions, posed questions, and felt comfortable contributing relevant commentary in your workshops, lectures and labs. Meetings with instructors, teaching assistants and your peers in office hours and in informal settings should be opportunities for a full exploration of topics that interest you.

The ICPSR Summer Program training experience is unique, primarily because of the preeminent instructional expertise of our faculty. Your skill set in quantitative methods of social research will improve while you gain an international social network; the ICPSR Summer Program experience offers expanded academic, professional and personal networking opportunities over a lifetime. Please come prepared to take advantage of this singular opportunity.

A TOEFL score is not required for persons participating in the ICPSR Summer Program. (TOEFL scores are necessary only for students who are enrolled in a degree program at the University of Michigan.)