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Application Process

Apply Online: My Education Abroad

Log in to the My Education Abroad student portal with your MSU NetID and begin your application for education abroad. You can also check your application status. 

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines depend on the type of program you are applying to. Some deadlines MAY be extended, however programs may also fill before the deadline listed below.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so the earlier you apply, the better!

Faculty-Directed Programs:

  • Winter break and Spring semester programs: October 1
  • Spring Break Programs: January 15
  • Summer, fall and academic year programs: March 1

Exchange/Direct Enroll Programs:

  • Deadlines differ from program to program. Check your program brochure page for the correct deadline.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online program application and electronically submit the application.
    • A $100 application fee is required for all programs and is billed to the student's MSU account upon submission of an application. The application fee is applied to the program fee and is non-refundable once a student accepts admission into the program.
  2. Student’s academic and judicial records will be checked for any issues.
    • You are required to be in good academic standing to be accepted into a program. If you fall below the eligible GPA, your application decision may be delayed.
    • If you have a student conduct issue, your application will take longer to process. You may be required to meet with the program leader to discuss your judicial record if deemed necessary to make a decision on your application.
  3. You will receive an e-mail with the decision that has been made on your application.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Some program leaders will accept students on a monthly basis, others may only accept students every couple of months, so some students may hear of their acceptance earlier than others. Rest assured if you applied on time, you'll be notified of your acceptance in plenty of time to complete all necessary requirements.
    • If you have been ACCEPTED, instructions will be sent about how to confirm your participation on the program. Confirmation will automatically trigger a $200 non-refundable and non-transferable fee that will be billed directly to your student account. It will be applied to the overall cost of your program.
    • In cases of high financial need, students may request to have the $200 acceptance fee deferred until the billing date for the program’s full fee. For Academic Year and Fall Semester programs this is mid-July; for Winter Break, Spring Break and Spring Semester programs this is early November; and, for Summer programs this is early April. Once the full program fee is posted to students’ accounts, the $200 acceptance fee will be re-applied. In no cases can the $100 application fee be waived or deferred. Students may submit a request for consideration directly to Elizabeth Wandschneider, Assistant Director for Finances and Operational Management.
    • If you have been WAITLISTED or DENIED, we recommend that you come back to the Education Abroad Advising Center to explore more options if needed.


If you wish to withdraw from your program at any time, it is important you understand the process to officially withdraw as specified in the Statement of Responsibility that you will sign as part of the application process (see 2B).

It is also important to be aware of how the Education Abroad Refund and Charge Policy will apply depending on the time of your withdrawal. 

Remember the Office for Education Abroad will help you consider alternative options if your program of choice doesn’t work out.  Please be sure to come into the Advising Center for assistance.  We are here to help!