International Studies & Programs

Program Leaders

MSU offers one of the nation’s largest and most respected catalogs of faculty-directed programming in the nation. Participating in education abroad with an MSU faculty member provides an ideal opportunity for students to engage firsthand in the international dimensions of their chosen discipline. 

For many students, studying internationally presents a unique opportunity to jumpstart the establishment of international networks, develop new skills and knowledge to enhance their careers, and begin the process of seeing themselves as engaged citizens within a broader, international landscape.  

The Office for Education Abroad is eager to partner with colleges to create high-quality, academic programming that both aligns with targeted student learning outcomes, and highlights the signature strengths of the sponsoring department.  


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The Office for Education Abroad can provide information about how other faculty leaders have connected to the larger university academic goals and of the education abroad program models that are available.


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Program leaders have identified steps to make for the most rewarding and successful education abroad program.


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Planning happens long in advance before a program prepares to go abroad.  Program leaders needs to consider several key topics, including student admittance, academic and course administration, finances, and personal travel.


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Program leaders for faculty-directed education abroad programs are responsible for developing and finalizing the program budget, maintaining fiscal records and academic integrity of the courses, coordinating class activities, and responding to any emergency situations which may arise. 


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In partnership with our office, The Office for International Health and Safey at MSU has emergency and crisis management protocols, travel guidelines, and the best health, safety and security practices for education abroad programs.


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As someone who will be responsible for leading an MSU education abroad program, you may find yourself facing an emergency involving one or more of the students in your care.


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Post-program follow-up

Chances are that your mentoring and professorial relationship may be the most significant one during your students' careers at MSU.  It is important to stay connected to your students when returning back to campus, as well as following up with the Office for Education Abroad for travel reconciliation.