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First-year Seminars Abroad and Away


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


What is a First-Year Seminar Abroad/Away?

A First-Year Seminar Abroad (international location) or First-Year Seminar Away (domestic location) is an opportunity to explore intriguing topics in small, active learning environments.

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

FSA2024icon.jpg2024 Seminar Information

Locations for 2024 include Costa Rica, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand, Applications are expected to open in late January 2024 along with detailed information about the academic tracks.


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

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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 main costs of a First-Year Seminar and a short list of scholarship opportunities.

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An overview for parents about the First-Year Seminar Abroad and Away programs.

FSAfaq.jpgFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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