International Programs and Services

Life-Work Resources

We have all the information you need to know during your stay.

Study and research are important. But there is more to life at Michigan Tech, on our campus and in your new community: the sister cities of Houghton and Hancock. Find out about essential services, like where the banks and hospitals are and how to proceed if you plan to work. From securing health insurance on arrival to sending out invitation letters for your graduation, International Programs and Services is here to help you find the correct resources to accomplish your academic and professional goals.   


There are several banks in the area that assist students with finances. Features to consider when choosing your bank are location, account types—you may want an International Remittance Account—and ATM availability on campus.

Health and Insurance

Health insurance coverage is required throughout your stay at Michigan Tech. If you don't already have insurance, we can provide you with information. Your well-being is also important. Learn more about your health care and insurance options. 


Before accepting any kind of job, contact IPS to find out if your visa allows you to work, and about other forms and requirements. We have all the details on employment options:

  • On-Campus Employment
    F-1 students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week, including assistantships, during fall or spring semester and full time, up to 40 hours per week, during Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and summer.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    CPT authorizes employment for a credit-bearing off-campus job directly related to a specific course. Cooperative programs, or co-ops, are arranged through collaboration with Michigan Tech Career Services.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    OPT is authorization for a temporary job completed after graduation, to provide practical experience in a student's career field.

Invitation to Visit Forms

Are you inviting your family to visit during your studies at Michigan Tech?  You may request a family invitation form that family members may present during their visa application.

Are you graduating? Our graduation forms can help your family establish their purpose for a visitor visa so they can attend your graduation ceremony. They also help us stay in touch with you after you’ve left campus.