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First-year Seminars Abroad


Are you an incoming, first-year MSU student looking to learn abroad before starting school in the fall? If so, join us for a First-Year Seminar Abroad.


What is a First-Year Seminar Abroad?

A First-Year Seminar Abroad (FSA) is an opportunity to explore intriguing topics in small, active learning environments outside of the United States.

The seminars occur during the summer between high school graduation and the start of the MSU school year, typically from mid-July to mid-August. All seminars include at least two (2) 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; and
  • engage with global peoples, places, and cultures.

FSA Assessment information

Graphic representing 7 locations for the 2021 First-Year Seminars Abroad Canada, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Italy, South Africa and the UK     2021 Seminars       

All international First-Year Seminars for 2021 have been cancelled. Domestic seminars (First-Year Seminars Away) are expected to be offered as an alternative. Please contact Dr. Sheila Marquardt for more information.


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.

FSAcosts.jpgCosts and Funding

A breakdown of the three (3) main costs of FSA programs and a short list of scholarship opportunities.

FSAparent.jpgParent Information

An overview for parents about the FSA programs.

FSAfaq.jpgFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Common questions about airfare, housing, meals, and more.