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MSU has been intentionally global for more than 60 years

International Studies and Programs (ISP) is the hub for international research, teaching and outreach at Michigan State University.

International Studies and Programs

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, and is known worldwide as a top research university. It is home to renowned scholars and scientists from around the globe and a vibrant and diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students. MSU leverages international partnerships with scientists and practitioners from academia, the government, private sector, and strategically chosen research and development organizations to create new knowledge and explore innovative and practical solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

The growth of Michigan State University’s international work can be tied to the development of the Office of International Studies and Programs (ISP). ISP is the hub for international research, teaching and outreach at MSU. As a university-level office under the leadership of a vice provost and dean, ISP supports international activities throughout the institution, working to mobilize MSU's research and scholarship, enhance study abroad and other educational programs, form and strengthen international partnerships, and welcome and support international visitors, scholars and students.

Within ISP are seven global thematic and area studies centers, programs for students and scholars, and resources for international travel and safety, international research collaboration, and faculty and student support. ISP also has strong ties to affiliated international units across campus focusing on agriculture, business, education, engineering, health, international development, and language study.

A defining characteristic of the MSU model is that ISP does not have its own solely assigned faculty. Consistent with the goal of spreading the international dimension throughout the university, all faculty members have their major academic appointments in university departments and schools across campus. This allows ISP to serve as a convener of interdisciplinary groups of faculty drawn from throughout MSU’s 17 academic colleges. 

ISP’s efforts expand and deepen MSU’s global research and help create the scientific knowledge needed for responding to the world’s emerging opportunities and global goals. ISP works to position MSU as a leader in international research and scholarship, the internationalization of higher education, and as an indispensable partner in global collaborations. 

Core Values

International Studies and Programs is committed to upholding Michigan State University's core values of Quality, Inclusiveness, and Connectivity. We aim to create and embrace a culture that is consistent with MSU's core values by promoting:

  • Quality: 
    • Strive to improve and excel in our work while valuing the complementary functions and skills of all faculty, staff, and students.
    • Work with integrity, respect, fairness, and sensitivity to the implications of power differentials and dynamics.
  • Inclusiveness:
    • Foster a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for all.
    • Value our unique identities and differences to improve the workplace through diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Connectivity:
    • Behave in a collegial manner in interactions with our constituencies.
    • Cultivate open lines of communication, and sustain compassion and support to build positive relationships, both on campus and with external partners.

International Studies and Programs is committed to creating a collaborative and supportive environment in which differences are valued and all team members are empowered to grow and succeed. If you experience or observe behavior you believe to be inconsistent with these values, we encourage you to discuss it with the individual involved, or as appropriate, bring it to the head of your academic unit or to any administrator in ISP for further discussion. Egregious occurrences, or repeated, persistent and documented failure to act in ways that are consistent with these values are grounds for discipline.

*A companion piece on disciplinary processes and how issues and corrective measures are addressed is forthcoming, based on the guidance of Academic Human Resources.