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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 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 before leaving for a program. Students should save a copy for their records.


Study Abroad: Faculty-Directed Programs

Sustainable Food, Environment and Social Systems in Australia | Various Locations, Australia 
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: ANR 475; ISS 310; ISB 202; CSUS 419

International Development in South Asia: Practice and Policy | Various Locations, Sri Lanka
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
CSS 490; CSS 491

Environmental Sciences in Switzerland | Various Locations, Switzerland
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: ISB 202; ISB 208L; NSC 390; NSC 475; NSC 491


*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

Earth University | San Jose, Costa Rica
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
3.0 
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type: 
Direct Enroll

University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange

Wageningen University | Wageningen, Netherlands
Terms: Fall and Spring 
Required GPA: 3.0 
Class Standing: Junior minimum 
Enrollment Type: Exchange

Lincoln University | Christchurch, New Zealand
Terms: Spring 
Required GPA: 2.75 
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

University of Philippines - Los Banos | Los Banos, Philippines
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 2.75
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
Enrollment Type: Exchange 

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) | Greenmount Campus, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer
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: The programs listed provide a sample of available program options. Use the Program Search to find more options available to you.


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

Entrepreneurship and Development: Agriculture & Environment Studies in Belize | Various Locations, Belize
Terms: 
Winter Break
Required GPA: 
2.2
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
ANR 475

A Fragile Fiji: Integrating Ecosystems and Human Dimensions in the Face of Climate Change | Various Locations, Fiji
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.5
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
ANR 491


*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:

Susan Gruber
Undergraduate Adviser and Instructor
Department of Horticulture
grubers(at)msu.edu

Rhonda Crackel 
Director of CANR Study Abroad
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
crackel(at)msu.edu

Jean-Paul Sewavi
EA Program Coordinator
The Office for Education Abroad
sewavije(at)msu.edu

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


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