International Studies & Programs

Freshman Seminars Abroad

Freshman Seminars Abroad (FSA) provide recently graduated, first-year Michigan State University students opportunities to explore intriguing topics in small, active, learning environments outside of the United States.

The seminars occur during the summer between students' high school graduation and the start of the MSU school year, typically from mid-July to mid-August. All seminars include several days of on-campus pre-departure orientation, followed by group travel abroad for 10–14 days.

MSU faculty and staff design these seminars to help students:

  • Learn about global issues related to contemporary, real-world problems
  • Learn about college-level expectations and skills
  • Improve critical thinking, writing, and reading skills
  • Develop personal and professional support networks
  • Engage with global peoples, places, and cultures

FSA Assessment information

2017FSA-locations.jpg2018 Seminars

See this year's topics and locations.


Seminars provide an introductory first-year experience that combines academic engagement and experiential learning.

FSAApplication.jpgApplication and Acceptance

Eligibility requirements, application procedures, deadline dates, info about acceptance, and how to withdraw from a program.

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A breakdown of the three main costs of FSA and scholarship opportunities.

FSAparent.jpgParent Information

An overview for parents about the the Freshman Seminar Abroad program.

FSAfaq.jpgFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Common questions about airfare, housing, meals and more.

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