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.


2015-16 Academic Year

2,671 students studied abroad.

  • 2,391 were MSU students (246 MSU international students)

22 percent of the 2016 MSU graduating class participated in at least one education abroad program. 

  • The national average is 15 percent

Compared to the national averages, MSU exceeds participation in the following categories

  • Graduate students
  • Freshmen
  • Males
  • Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) majors
  • Communications/journalism majors
  • Legal studies majors
  • Black/African American students

Participation rose this year among Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino students.

23% of MSU students were involved in service-learning abroad and 10% conducted research.

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