International Access to U-M Google and Cloud-Based Resources

Some cloud-based services, including Google Apps, are blocked by countries, organizations, or networks. In some places, network access is inconsistent and unreliable. Depending on where you travel, you many not have consistent access to your U-M Google Mail, Calendar, and other apps while you are away. Other cloud-based services may also be blocked or unavailable. If you do have connectivity, you may be able to access U-M Google and other U-M cloud services through Virtual Sites.

Do not depend on having online access to vital documents or other information. Print backup copies of vital documents or other information that you need to have while you are traveling.

  • U-M Google blocking. People have reported problems connecting to U-M Google or consumer Google from some countries and in some organizations. Be aware that different users may have different experiences at different times. Google publishes several Google Transparency Reports about access to information. Look for the Google product traffic report for information about recent and ongoing disruptions of traffic to Google products.
  • Gmail Offline is a Chrome app that allows users to access their mail and compose new messages when they don't have an Internet connection or when their connection is unreliable or slow. When users reconnect, Gmail automatically sends the queued outbound messages. This might be an option if you will be out of network range from time to time.
  • Google Search. Some countries block Google search completely or partially, so you may not be able to use it in all locations. Be aware that the main Google search (http://www.google.com) will often redirect your search results depending on your device's IP address. If you are in Germany, for example, connected to German Wi-Fi, Google will automatically direct you to German search results. Refer to See results for a different country to change those settings. If you turn on the U-M VPN (or the one for your campus), your device will use a U-M IP address, and therefore return results as if you were in Michigan.