International Studies & Programs

Enrollment Trends & Statistics

Each year, thousands of students at Michigan State University are transformed by their educational experiences outside of the United States and can be found in classrooms, research labs, field stations, and internship sites throughout the world.  In addition, we welcome a growing number of international students for a non-degree study experience at our East Lansing campus through the American Semester Program.


2014-15 Academic Year

2,941 students studied abroad.

  • That's an increase of 9 percent over last year.
  • 2,668 were MSU students: 2,291 undergraduates and 377 graduate students.

About 28 percent of graduating seniors at MSU have studied abroad at least once. 

  • The national average is 15 percent.

Graduate student participation (14 percent) and freshmen going abroad (6 percent) exceed the national average.

MSU’s participation in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) majors exceeded the national average.

  • The same goes for students in the social sciences, communication, and legal studies.

Seven MSU colleges had participation rates over 75 percent.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts & Letters, James Madison, Music, RCAH, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine.

We're continuing to narrow the gender gap with 36 percent male participation in education abroad.

  • This is higher than the national average, 34.7 percent.

More than half of MSU’s top 10 destinations are in non-traditional locations.

Semester-length participation rose 2.4 percent over last year.

In close to 50 programs, stuents can learn with with local communities through community engagement projects.

  • 30 internship programs are offered around the world. Nearly 500 MSU students have chosen community engagement abroad on a credit-bearing program.

Stronger together: Hispanic/Latin@ student participation rose 7.6 percent, Black/African American student participation rose 8.4 percent, and multiracial student participation rose 3.9 percent.

  • Black/African American student participation is above the national average (5.6 percent).

See the 2014-15 Enrollment and Trends report for further details and statistics.