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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.


2017-18 Academic Year

2,807 students studied abroad.

  • 2,755 were MSU students (2,543 U.S. citizens and 212 international students)
  • 52 were students from other U.S. institutions

1 in 5 students of the 2018 MSU graduating class participated in education abroad. 

  • The national undergraduate participation rate is 16 percent (MSU's undergraduate rate is 26 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
  • Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America participation
  • Short-term programming

Regional participation in non-traditional locations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East/N. Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa increased over last year.

More Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and Asian/Native Hawaiian students participated over last year.

Students conducting research abroad rose 2% over last year.

26% more Engineering majors studied abroad compared with last year.

Honors College member represented 17% of all education participants.  HC participation rose 12% over last year.

14% of participants this year had already studied abroad at least once.

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