International Studies & Programs

Student & Scholar Programs

ISP houses multiple centers and programs to support our international work with students and scholars, both at home and abroad. ISP works with MSU deans, department directors and chairs to offer international opportunities for students, staff and faculty. These opportunities include study, research, internships, and experiential learning, both here and abroad.


a large group of study abroad students in front of the Acropolis, holding an MSU flagOffice of Study Abroad

MSU is proud to be ranked among the top U.S. institutions for study abroad. The Office of Study Abroad administers over 275 programs in more than 60 countries on every continent. Each year, close to 3,000 students engage in cultures different from their own and gain meaningful skills that can position them for academic and professional success.

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American Semester logo imposed over treesAmerican Semester Program

The American Semester Program brings international students to East Lansing to share in the experience of American college life. Students can study for one or two semesters, and have the option of participating in an internship in New York or San Francisco.

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Group of OISS students outside smile at cameraOffice for International Students and Scholars

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families. Services include help with U.S. immigration regulations, orientations to help international students adjust to MSU, and liaising with government agencies, foreign embassies, and educational foundations.

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Black-robed scholars walk outside stone buildingFulbright Programs

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries.

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Men and women stand in crowd of mopedsCommunity Volunteers for International Programs

For over fifty years the Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) has welcomed MSU international students and scholars and their families to the greater Lansing community. We offer a variety of educational and cross-cultural activities and programs to bring the international and American communities closer together. Our hope is to make international visitors' stay at MSU a more pleasant and rewarding experience.

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Peace corps cookies in an MSU spartan helmet boxPeace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.

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Night cityscape with trafficVisiting International Professional Program

The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) connects professional education to the expertise of Michigan State University, a world leader in global research and leadership training. VIPP creates practical links between the world-class faculty at MSU and global industries, businesses, governments and societies.

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Two men study math on a chalkboardVolunteer English Tutoring Program

The Volunteer English Tutoring Program (VETP) provides free English conversation practice for MSU’s international students and scholars and their adult family members through conversation classes and partners. VETP provides a relaxed learning environment for participants to try out their English speaking and listening skills.

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Golden wheat waves against a blue skyBorlaug Fellowship Program

Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development program (BHEARD) aims to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries. MSU's was selected by USAID to implement the BHEARD program, which supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the master’s and doctoral levels and links scientific and higher education communities in the U.S. and Feed the Future countries.

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MCF scholar in pink sweater smiles in front of wheat cropsMasterCard Foundation Scholars Program

MSU is one of seven American universities to partner with the MasterCard Foundation on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Host to 185 young African scholars over the course of this nine-year program, MSU provides academic training, together with leadership development and a pathway to employment back on the continent, to economically disadvantaged students from Sub-Saharan Africa who have demonstrated academic talent and have a personal commitment to give back to their countries.

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A japanese temple in winterJapan Center for Michigan Universities

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) is a study abroad program, a product of the strong sister-state relationship between the State of Michigan and Shiga Prefecture, Japan. JCMU programs are dedicated to building relationships between Japanese, Americans, and other nationalities through active learning and participation in language, culture, family life and society. 

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A multicultural mix of MSU students smiles at the cameraInternational Student Clubs

Administered through the Office of International Students and Scholars, MSU’s international student clubs encourage international student organizations to share their culture as a way to contribute to the internationalization of MSU and the community of greater Lansing.

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