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First Steps

1. Research your options:

  • Search available options in the program tabs based on experience types
  • Speak with your CJ academic adviser about program options
  • 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 pay MSU tuition and fees just like a semester on campus.

Direct Enroll Program: Students pay host institution tuition and fees.

Note: All Semester Partner 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 and to Oumatie Marajh before leaving for a program. Students should save a copy for their records.


Study Abroad: Faculty-Directed Programs

Fall or Spring Options

Australia & New Zealand’s People, Government, and Justice System | Various Locations, Australia & New Zealand
Terms: Spring
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Courses Offered: CJ 422; CJ 490: CJ 491; IAH 211C; ISS 315; SSC 496 

Summer Options

The European Union, Globalization and Social Change in France and Belgium | Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France
Required GPA: 2.2
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
Courses Offered: IAH 221C; ISS 315; SSC 490

China Summer School: Identity, Culture and Society | Chengdu, China
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Courses Offered: Upper-level IAH; Upper-level ISS

Modernity in the Street: Revolutions in Politics, Culture, and Society in Paris and London | Paris, France; London, England; Belgium
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Courses Offered: IAH 202; IAH 221C; ISS 315 

Contemporary Culture, Politics and Society in Greece | Mytilene, Greece
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
ISS 315; SOC 100; SOC 331; SOC 496/7; SOC 498

Social Science in Rome | Italy, Rome
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
ISS 315; GEO 113; GEO 336; GEO 413; GEO 490; GEO 495

Social Science Scholars Field Study Abroad | Grasmere, London & Oxford, United Kingdom
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 496

Sustaining South African Wildlife: Cash, Crime, Conflicts and Conservation | Hoedspruit, South Africa
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: FW 480


*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

Fall or Spring Options

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

City University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong, China
Terms: 
Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 
3.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: 
Exchange

Corvinus University | Budapest, Hungary
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

American University of Rome | Rome, Italy
Terms: 
Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 
3.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: 
Direct Enroll

John Cabot University | Rome, Italy
Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Junior minimum
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

University of Oslo | Oslo, Norway
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange 

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

Summer Options

University of Sydney | Sydney, Australia
Required GPA: 3.0 
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

Chinese Culture and History at Sichuan University | Chengdu, China
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type: 
Direct Enroll

John Cabot University | Rome, Italy
Required GPA: 2.75 
Class Standing: Junior minimum 
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

University of Oslo | Oslo, Norway
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll


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


Note: The programs listed provide a sample of available program options. Use the Program Search to find more options available to you.


Languages Abroad

Foreign Languages Abroad

Foreign language study is optional for MSU Criminal Justice students. However, foreign language study is helpful to criminal justice students because it allows them to have a better understanding of the world around them and the people they serve. The ability to communicate and understand others who speak another language can be an asset in local, state and Federal law enforcement, within the correctional system, as well as in the vast private sector spanning multiple industries.


Arabic

Arabic in Jordan | Amman, Jordan
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of ARB 102

Chinese

Harbin Institute of Technology | Harbin, China
Terms: Academic Year and Fall
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of one year of Chinese language

Chinese Language and Culture in Harbin China | Harbin, China
Terms: Summer 
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: 3.0 GPA in Chinese

Chinese Language and Culture at Zhejiang University | Hangzhou, China
Terms: Academic Year
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: 3.0 GPA in Chinese

French

French Language, Literature and Culture in Tours | Tours, France
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of FRN 201 or equivalent

Universite de Tours | Tours, France
Terms: Academic Year, Fall, and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of FRN 320 or equivalent

German

University of Innsbruck | Innsbruck, Austria
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum

Academic Year in Freiburg at Albert-Ludwigs University | Freiburg, Germany
Terms: Academic Year
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Junior Minimum
Other Requirements: 3.0 GPA in German and completion of two years of college-level German

Friedrich Schiller University in Jena | Jena, Germany
Terms: Spring
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Junior Minimum
Other Requirements: 3.0 GPA in German and completion of GRM 301 or equivalent

German Language and Culture in Mayen | Various Locations, Germany
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of GRM 202 or equivalent

Italian

Italian Language, Literature, and Culture in Florence | Florence, Italy
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 
2.9
Class Standing: 
Sophomore Minimum

American University of Rome | Rome, Italy
Terms: 
Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 
3.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum

John Cabot University | Rome, Italy
Terms: Fall. Spring, and Summer
Required GPA: 2.75 
Class Standing: Junior minimum 
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

Japanese

Japanese Language and Culture | Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Terms: 
Academic Year, Fall, and Spring
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore Minimum

Summer Intensive Japanese Language | Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum

Korean

Yonsei University | Seoul, South Korea
Terms: 
Academic Year, Fall, and Spring
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore Minimum

Yonsei University | Seoul, South Korea
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum

Spanish

Universidad San Fransisco de Quito | Quito, Ecuador
Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, and Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum
Other Requirements: Completion of SPN 202 or equivalent

Intensive Intermediate Spanish in Santander | Santander, Spain
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum
Other Requirements: 2.75 GPA in Spanish and completion of one year of college-level Spanish or equivalent

Hispanic Studies in Valencia, Spain | Valencia, Spain
Terms: Academic Year, Fall, and Spring
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Sophomore Minimum
Other Requirements: 3.0 GPA in upper-division Spanish and completion of SPN 310 or equivalent


Internships Abroad

Internships Abroad

Internships abroad are designed to engage students in a variety of experiential opportunities that reflect their career interests and typically provide an academic component to reflect upon their professional development.

An internship abroad is a great way for students to:

  • gain on-the-job experience in their field of study
  • build a strong resume by adding an international dimension
  • experience foreign work cultures firsthand
  • build a global network to help support professional growth

Internships in Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
Other Requirements: SPN 310 or equivalent
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Internships in Australia | Sydney, Australia
Terms: 
Fall, Spring and Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

University of Sydney | Sydney, Australia
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
3.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 490

Internships in Toronto | Toronto, Canada
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: Junior
 minimum 
Other Requirements:
Must have a U.S. passport
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Internships in China | Shanghai, China
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493; CHS 490

Internships in Paris | Paris, France
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum 
Other Requirements:
FRN 320 or 321 or equivalent
*Courses Offered: SSC 493; FRN 490

Internships in Berlin | Berlin, Germany
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Internships in Ireland | Dublin, Ireland
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Development and NGOs: Internships in Malawi | Lilongwe, Malawi
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493; SSC 496

Internships in Singapore | Various Destinations, Singapore
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Internships in Cape Town | Cape Town, South Africa
Terms: 
Fall, Spring and Summer
Required GPA: 
2.75
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Internships in Madrid | Madrid, Spain
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum
Other Requirements: SPN 310 or equivalent 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493

Internships in London | London, England
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Junior minimum 
*Courses Offered: SSC 493


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


Service-Learning Abroad

Service-Learning Abroad

Global Service-Learning combines and pursues academic learning through ethical collaboration that addresses the needs and assets to address these needs within a community outside the United States of America.

This type of learning employs structured reflective practices that facilitate and support better understanding of:

  • Common human dignity
  • One’s own culture and identities
  • Intercultural awareness of partnering community
  • Socio-economic, political, and environmental issues
  • Power relations on interpersonal, intercultural, societal, and global scales
  • Socially responsible citizenship

Contemporary Issues in Developing Societies: Belize Spring Break | San Ignacio, Belize
Terms: 
Spring Break 
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 493

Service Learning in Belize | San Ignacio, Belize
Terms: 
Summer 
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 493

International Engagement in Campeche, Mexico | Campeche, Mexico
Terms: 
Spring Break
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 399

International Engagement in Huatulco, Mexico | Huatulco, Mexico
Terms: 
Spring Break
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 399

International Engagement in Merida, Mexico | Merida, Mexico
Terms: 
Spring Break
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 399

International Engagement in Puebla, Mexico | Puebla, Mexico
Terms: 
Spring Break
Required GPA: 
2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 399

Community-Based Research and Engagement in the Peruvian Andes | Huamachuco & Trujillo, Peru
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.75
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum
Other Requirements:
Two years of college-level Spanish or equivalent 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 399; SSC 490; SSC 493

Service Learning in Madrid | Madrid, Spain 
Terms: 
Summer 
Required 
GPA: 2.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
Other Requirements: 
Completion of SPN 202 or equivalent 
*Courses Offered: 
SSC 493


*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:

Barbara Kolar
Academic Adviser
School of Criminal Justice
kolarba(at)msu.edu

Sandy Tupper
EA Program Coordinator
The Office for Education Abroad
tuppers(at)msu.edu

Oumatie Marajh 
Assistant Dean
College of Social Science 
marajhou(at)msu.edu

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


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