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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 and to Oumatie Marajh before leaving for a program. Students should save a copy for their records.


Study Abroad: Faculty-Directed Programs

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European Planning and Practice: Urban Redevelopment
| Germany, Iceland, and Portugal
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: 
UP 400; UP 490; UP 800; UP 890

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Mega Event Planning, Food and Culture in Japan and South Korea
 
| Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
*Courses Offered: Upper-level ISS; UP 490; UP 890


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

The European Union, Globalization and Social Change in France and Belgium | Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg, France
Terms: Summer
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
Terms: Summer
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
| Paris, France; London, England; Belgium
Terms: Summer
Required GPA: 2.0
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: IAH 202; IAH 221C; ISS 315 

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

Green Building and Sustainable Community in Singapore and South Korea | Singapore & Seoul, South Korea
Terms: 
Summer
Required GPA: 
2.0
Class Standing: 
Sophomore minimum
*Courses Offered: 
IDES 440; IDES 490; UP 490; UP 890; ISS 310

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

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, Spring, and Summer 
Required GPA: 3.0 
Class Standing: Sophomore minimum 
Enrollment Type: Exchange and Direct Enroll

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

American College of Thessaloniki | Thessaloniki, Greece
Terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Required GPA: 2.5
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 College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
Terms: Fall and Spring
Required GPA: 3.0
Class Standing: Junior minimum
Enrollment Type: Direct Enroll

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


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: Speak with your academic adviser about available credit

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

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


Service-Learning Abroad

Service-Learning Abroad

Global Service-Learning allows a student to pursue academic learning through ethical collaboration with communities outside of the United States. This collaboration focuses on the identification of the needs of a community and how the community's assets can be utilized to address the identified needs.

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:

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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