Where is Ann Arbor?
Ann Arbor is located in the state of Michigan, about 40 minutes by car to Detroit. Ann Arbor, with a
population of over 100,000, is one of the most beautiful, friendly, safe and sophisticated small cities
in America. In March 2002, CNN and Money Magazine rated Ann Arbor as one of the 7 best places to live in
the United States based on factors such as low crime rate, sense of community, clean air quality, leisure
activities and nice weather. Also, Ann Arbor hosts the nation's biggest summer arts festival. The city
is best known for the University of Michigan, one of the finest educational and research institutions in
the world and home to over 35,000 students. The Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is a 25-minute drive
from Ann Arbor, and services dozens of domestic and international airlines.
Links to websites about Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan:
Shopping Arcade on campus.
Downtown Ann Arbor.
What housing is available in Ann Arbor?
The Institute provides modern non-smoking apartments (private or shared) on the beautiful campus of the
University of Michigan, within short walking distance of restaurants, the law library, shopping and
recreation facilities (tennis, swimming, bicycling, basketball, etc.). Apartments are completely furnished
with air conditioning, cable television, CD player, telephone, bed and bathroom linens, full kitchen, laundry
facilities and weekly maid service. Shared apartments have 2-5 private bedrooms with at least 2 full bathrooms.
All apartments have complete kitchens.
Shared apartments are spacious and modern (built 1999).
How do I reserve housing?
Almost all participants request apartment housing. Private apartments and individual bedrooms in shared
apartments are rented for participants on an individual basis. We cannot reserve housing until the entire
housing fee is paid. Upon cancellation, the housing fee will be returned only if your space is rented by another
If I reserve a private bedroom, with whom will I live?
You will live with other program participants of the same gender. The shared apartments have 2 to 5 bedrooms
and at least 2 full bathrooms. Smoking is not permitted inside the apartments. Whenever possible, participants
who are from the same country or speak the same language are NOT placed in the same apartment.
Will I meet American lawyers and students?
You will have many opportunities to meet Americans and socialize with them. During the programs, both graduate
and undergraduate classes at the University of Michigan are in session, including the law school. With permission,
you would be welcome to visit a law school class. The apartments are located on streets with Ann Arbor residents
and University of Michigan students.
What can I do on the weekends?
There are no classes on Saturday and Sunday, although group social activities are sometimes planned. Some
participants take weekend trips. Chicago, Toronto* and the magnificent wilderness and Great Lakes of northern
Michigan are easily accessible by car. New York City is about 1 hour by air. CNN and Money Magazine recently ranked
the Michigan coast one of the 10 best places to vacation in the United States (with hundreds of miles of unspoiled
coastline, resorts, campgrounds and sand dune beaches).
*Toronto is in Canada (another country!). Therefore, if you would like to visit Toronto (4 hours by car) or
Montreal (1 hour by air), you may be required to have a visa depending on your country of citizenship. It is possible
to obtain a visa at the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, but you would have to find transportation to Detroit and likely
miss up to a day of classes. Instead, we suggest you get a Canadian visa before you arrive in the United States.
South American participants attend a professional baseball game in Detroit.
Professor Jacki Knapman (on right) joins students at a group picnic.
How should I dress during the program?
Casually. You should be as comfortable as possible during your stay in the United States. We believe that wearing
business attire will add nothing to your learning experience, or your comfort! Although not necessary, some
participants bring more formal clothes for weekend trips.
May I use campus facilities?
Yes. Among other facilities, the Institute arranges for participants to have access to the law library and student
dining areas. For a small fee, participants can join the campus athletic center. There is no charge to use outdoor
tennis courts and swimming pools on campus.
Will it be easy to communicate with my office and clients?
Yes. You can receive mail and packages on a daily basis. Computers with modems, printers and fax machines
are available to use for minimal or no cost at the Ann Arbor Public Library. Each apartment has a telephone
with voice mail and local phone service. A phone card is required to make long distance calls. Phone cards can
be purchased in Ann Arbor. An additional phone line can likely be placed in your bedroom, for an extra charge.
May I bring my spouse and children?
Certainly! With advance notice, we can assist you in finding suitable housing to meet your needs, including
large apartments or hotel suites. Your spouse or children can attend English classes at private language schools,
which are within walking distance of the apartments.
Will I need a car?
In Ann Arbor, everything you could possibly need is located within a short walking distance (2-10 minutes) of the
campus and apartments (food stores, restaurants, movies, bars, pharmacies, etc.) If needed, there is bus and taxi
service throughout the city and Amtrak train service to nearby cities such as Chicago and Toronto. Many participants
choose to rent bicycles, which cost about $50 per month.
How can I get to Ann Arbor?
Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is a 25-minute drive from Ann Arbor, and services dozens of domestic and international
airlines. The Institute provides complimentary airport pickup service, but must be requested at least 5 days prior to
your arrival. Otherwise, taxi service is available for approximately $40 (plus 10-15% gratuity).
In Ann Arbor, exactly when are the apartments available?
Immersion in English and U.S. Business Law: You may arrive as early as Saturday, June 21 and you must vacate no later than Saturday, July 19 before 3:00pm.
Orientation in U.S. Business Law: You may arrive as early as Saturday, July 19 and you must vacate no later than Saturday, August 9 before 3:00pm.
Negotiation Program: You may arrive as early as Saturday, August 9, and you must vacate no later than Saturday, August 16 before 3:00pm.
*If you need to come earlier or stay later, we will make every effort to accommodate you. Otherwise, we can make a reservation for you at a hotel on the campus of the university, which costs approximately $130 per night.