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First-Generation Students

The Office for Education Abroad is committed to MSU’s values of diversity and inclusion. A broad range of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds inherent in diverse communities creates a rich learning environment from which all students can benefit.

As a first generation student, you have the opportunity to be the first in your family to participate on a credit-bearing education abroad program. There are many benefits to taking part in international education.

First, you can fulfill academic requirements, which can include integrative studies (ISS, IAH, ISB) credit, coursework in your major or electives. Your education abroad program can also influence your job search when you interview and discuss what you learned about yourself, the host culture or your subject area.

Deciding on an education abroad program can be challenging. First generation students should be informed about the complexities of education abroad before making a final decision on a program. Remember that other cultures may provide challenges different from your own. Be flexible and open to considering different ways of life. Discuss your plans early on with your family as well as advisers at the MSU Office for Education Abroad.

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Office of Support Services (OSS)

434 Farm Lane, Room 209, Bessey Hall

Email: oss(at) - Phone: (517) 353-5210

OSS provides comprehensive services to first-generation, low-income college students or those who may have a disability and is home to the MSU TRIO program.


Migrant Student Services (MSS)

234 Wilson Rd., Room C249, Holden Hall

Phone: (517) 432-9900

The MSU MSS office provides academic, social and financial support to migrant and seasonal farm worker students to enable them to complete higher education while preparing them for their future careers.


Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT)

556 E. Circle Dr., Room 339, Student Services Building

Email: ocat(at) - Phone: (517) 353-7745

OCAT can help connect you with other students and provide advice about education abroad.