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First Steps

1. Research your options:

  • Search available options in the program tabs based on experience types
  • Visit the Education Abroad Advising Center (International Center Room 108)
  • Attend an EA 101 session or watch the video online
  • Visit our frequently asked questions page
  • Attend the Education Abroad Expo
  • Attend program-specific information sessions

2. Talk with your academic adviser to discuss options that fit into your academic plan

3. Research financial aid and scholarship opportunities

4. Apply to an education abroad program


Study Abroad

Study Abroad Program Types

  • Faculty-Directed Programs - Faculty directed programs are run and taught by MSU faculty members who lead a group of MSU students abroad. While on a program, students will directly earn MSU credit and pay the same rate in MSU tuition that they do on campus.

  • Semester Partner Programs - Semester partner programs allow an MSU student to apply to and enroll in a foreign university as a student. Students take courses at the university with local and other international students. There are two types of semester partner programs: exchange and direct Enroll.

Exchange Program: Students attend a foreign university but pay MSU tuition.

Direct Enroll Program: Students attend a foreign institution and pay their tuition and fees.

  • Provider Programs - Provider programs are arranged and operated by third-party education abroad providers. Students earn academic credit for their participation. Program options are available in all terms throughout the year. Students will participate on a provider program with other MSU students and college students from across the U.S.

Note: All semester partner programs and provider programs require a student to complete a Course Approval Form (CAF) to earn academic credit. Students must submit a copy of the completed CAF, with all required signatures, to the Office for Education Abroad before leaving for a program. Students should save a copy for their records.


Study Abroad: Lyman Briggs Faculty-Directed Programs

The Natural and Human Environments of Queensland, Australia | Brisbane and Cairns, Australia 
Faculty Director: Professor Hanni Nichols
Terms:
Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: LB 492, 493

History of Science in Europe | Paris, France
Faculty Directors: Dr. Richard Parks & Dr. Isaac Record
Terms:
Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: LB 322(A), 326 (B), 492

Mathematics in Historical and Social Contexts | Florence, Italy; Paris, France; London, England
Faculty Director: Dr. Abe Edwards
Terms:
 Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Junior minimum
*Courses Offered: LB 492

Rainforest and Reality | Various locations, Nicaragua
Faculty Directors: Dr. Jerry Urquhart & Dr. Maxine Davis
Terms:
Spring Break
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: LB 290A, 490A, 492, 493; FW 480

Make It In Tanzania | Mbeya, Tanzania
Faculty Director: Dr. Gerd Kortemeyer
Terms:
 Summer
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: LB 322, 323, 459, 492, 493


*The courses listed for each program provide a sample of the courses available to students. All courses are subject to change. 


Study Abroad: University-Wide Faculty-Directed Programs

Studies in Antarctic Systems | Ushuaia, Argentina & Antarctica
College Sponsors:
Agriculture and Natural Resources & Natural Science
Terms:
 
Winter Break
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
LB 490E; ISB 202; FW 480

Biology in the Galapagos Islands & Amazonia | Various Locations, Ecuador
College Sponsor: Natural Science
Terms:
 
Summer
Required GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: ZOL 490

Health and Culture in Japan | Shiga Prefecture, Japan
College Sponsor: Japanese Center for Michigan Universities
Terms:
 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
LB 326A or LB 326B; AL 400

Behavioral Ecology of African Mammals | Various Locations, Kenya
College Sponsor: 
Natural Science
Terms:
 
Summer
Required GPA: 
3.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
ZOL/IBIO 490

Malawi: Infectious Diseases of Africa | Blantyre, Malawi
College Sponsor: 
Natural Science
Terms:
 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: BLD 366, 455 (W), 495; NSC 475, 496

Spanish for Healthcare Professions | Oaxaca, Mexico
College Sponsor: 
College of Arts and Letters
Terms:
 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of SPN 310 or equivalent
*Courses Offered: SPN 342, 452, 491

One Health in Nepal | Various Locations, Nepal
College Sponsors: 
Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vet Medicine, & Osteopathic Medicine
Terms:
 
Summer
Required GPA: 2.5

Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
OST 590; NSC 496


*The courses listed for each program provide a sample of the courses available to students. All courses are subject to change. 


Study Abroad: Semester Partner Programs

Deakin University | Melbourne, Australia
Terms:
Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 
2.75
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type:
Exchange and Direct Enroll

LaTrobe University | Melbourne, Australia
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange and Direct Enroll

Monash University | Melbourne, Australia
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange and Direct Enroll

University of New South Wales | Sydney, Australia
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange and Direct Enroll

University of Technology Sydney | Sydney, Australia
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange and Direct Enroll

Universidad San Francisco de Quito | Quito, Ecuador
Terms: Academic Year, Fall, and Spring 
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of SPN 202 or equivalent 
Enrollment Type: Exchange and Direct Enroll

University of Oslo | Oslo, Norway
Terms: 
Fall, Spring. and Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type: 
Exchange and Direct Enroll

University of KwaZulu-Natal | Durban, South Africa
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange

Lund University | Lund, Sweden
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange


For approved equivalencies at partner universities, visit transfer.msu.edu and the Registrar's Education Abroad Partner Programs page. 


Note: This is not a complete list. These is simply a list of programs in which Briggs students commonly participate.  There are several other options available that could apply toward additional majors, minors, or electives. Use the Program Search to find more options available to you.


Research Abroad

Research Abroad

Research abroad is an interactive, discovery-based experience that teaches and engages students about the numerous components involved in the research and creative process. Research abroad can be done in conjunction with faculty or conducted independently, and it can encompass a wide variety of fields.

As students learn and work on essential components of the research process, they develop enhanced analytical skills, improve their oral and written communication abilities, and experience an increase in self-confidence. Research abroad provides students the opportunity for professional and personal development in a positive and productive environment. 


Arcadia University Summer STEM Research  | Brisbane, Australia
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Program Type: Provider 

Arcadia University Summer STEM Research  | Dublin, Ireland
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Program Type: Provider 

Arcadia University Summer STEM Research  | Granada, Spain
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Program Type: Provider 

Arcadia University Summer STEM Research  | London, United Kingdom
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Program Type: Provider 

Arcadia University Summer STEM Research  | Scotland, United Kingdom
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Program Type: Provider 

EuroScholars Research Abroad | Various Countries, Europe
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.4
Class Standing: Junior minimum
Other Requirements: Honors College students only
Program Type: Provider

Molecular Biology Research | Duesseldorf, Germany
College Sponsor: Natural Science
Terms:
 Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Junior minimum
Program Type: MSU Faculty-Directed
*Courses Offered: BMB 490; MMG 490, 492, 499; NSC 491; PLB 498


*The courses listed for each program provide a sample of the courses available to students. All courses are subject to change. 


Contact

For more information, contact:

Anne Slavin
Academic Advisor
Lyman Briggs College
schrock7(at)msu.edu

To schedule an appointment with Anne, visit: https://msu.campus.eab.com 

Dr. Philip Strong
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Lyman Briggs College
strongp(at)msu.edu

Office for Education Abroad Advising Center
International Center | Room 108
(517) 353-8922
abroad(at)msu.edu


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