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Education Abroad Overview

Administering over 300 programs in more than 60 countries on every continent, the Office for Education Abroad is proud to be ranked among the top U.S. institutions for education abroad for more than 20 years. Thousands of Spartans engage in cultures different from their own every year and gain meaningful skills that can position them for academic and professional success.

In addition to MSU students traveling abroad for study, the Office for Education Abroad welcomes international students from all over the world through the American Semester Program (ASP) and the facilitation of exchanges between MSU and partner institutions.

Education Abroad at MSU

  • National leader in education abroad participation for more than 20 years (according to IIE Open Doors report).
  • Ranked #1 for study abroad among public universities (8th place overall) in U.S. News & World Report Best College Ranking.
  • Cited as one of the reasons Michigan State University was awarded one of the 2023 Best Colleges in America by Money.
  • High-quality, good value programming connected to university and college strategies, leveraging faculty research with strategic partners, and building on MSU’s history and culture
  • More than more than 300 programs in over 60 countries and on all 7 continents
  • One-week programs over spring break to full academic year options
  • Wide range of valuable experiences including international internships, undergraduate research abroad, and global service-learning opportunities around the world
  • Focus on the value of education abroad including the knowledge, attitudes and transferable skills students can acquire that prepare them for success after graduation
  • Unique First-Year Seminars Abroad that give students an academic and social head start at MSU
  • Generous scholarship opportunities available to help students offset financial concerns from endowments totaling more than $4.5 million
  • Students welcomed from all over the world through the American Semester Program (ASP) and the facilitation of exchanges between MSU and partner institutions.
  • Cooperation with the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to open opportunities to students facing physical, emotional, or mental challenges
  • Collaboration with academic advisers to ensure education abroad programs meet student academic needs and interests and fits within their academic plan
  • Pre-departure orientation and re-entry activities to enable students to gain the maximum benefit from their experience abroad
  • Full-time staff dedicated to overseeing international health and safety concerns, and responding to emergencies abroad involving students, faculty or staff. 
  • Nationally-recognized Risk and Security Assessment Committee (RSAC) that serves in an advisory capacity on policy and procedures and as a liaison to senior MSU leadership

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