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MSU's First-year Seminars Abroad wins award

Published: Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018
Author: Cheryl Ann Benner
Department: Office for Education Abroad

Michigan State University has been awarded the 2018 Best Practices in International Education Award in the Study Abroad Programming category.  The award, sponsored by NASPA's International Education Knowledge Community, is given to programs that facilitate mutual understanding and student/staff participation via institutional-sponsored travel initiatives.

MSU's First-year Seminars Abroad offer admitted students a first-year seminar coupled with a 10–14 day education abroad experience.  Program topics vary amongst the instructors; however all of the FSA programs offer three credits that count toward students' general education requirements. Supporting the programs, each location has a student affairs professional who assists the instructional staff.

Since 2008, the International Education Knowledge Community has been recognizing exceptional efforts in international education made by student affairs colleagues. The goal is to encourage innovative ideas that will help student affairs professionals create and sustain new opportunities for both international and domestic students, to generate conversations among student affairs professionals about campus and curriculum internationalization, and to inspire awareness of the benefits of international education in higher education.