The momentum surrounding study abroad across the United States continues and Michigan State University is one of the major players in this national success story. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), in 2009-10—the most recent year for which complete national statistics are available—MSU leads the nation in study abroad participation among public universities in the United States for the seventh year in a row.
Nationally and locally, study abroad is becoming a common component of today's higher education experience for many students from various types of backgrounds. MSU currently has over 275 programs on all continents and in more than 60 countries including Brazil, China, Greece, India, Israel, Morocco, New Zealand, and Russia, as well as a program in Antarctica.
With its focus on high quality programs, expected learning outcomes, and remarkable involvement by faculty across the spectrum of academic disciplines, MSU continues to serve as a national leader in education abroad
STUDY ABROAD AT MSU...
- is a key building block in MSU's long-standing commitment to international education.
- is the expected norm. At MSU, it's not a question of IF students participate in study abroad, but WHEN they do so
- offers students a wide variety of program options
- students can participate in study abroad anytime during their academic careers, freshman year through graduate school.
- they can participate during any time of the year, including winter and spring breaks; they can go from one week to an entire academic year.
- students from all academic majors can participate in study abroad, fulfilling a variety of graduation requirements while abroad, including Integrative Studies requirements.
- students of all levels of foreign language skill can participate, including those with no foreign language preparation at all.
- offers a wide range of program models offer students a variety of valuable experiences including internships, undergraduate student research, and community engagement opportunities.
- focuses on helping students develop the skill sets highly valued by employers such as flexibility, resourcefulness and self-confidence.
- offers incoming first-year students a unique experience in Freshman Seminars Abroad. Seminars are designed to give first-year students an academic and social head start at MSU and another view of the world early in their college careers.
- is accessible to all students by collaboration with academic units to assures academic fit; offering a liberal financial aid policy as well as numerous study abroad scholarships and grants to help easy financial concerns; and cooperate with the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities help open opportunities to students facing physical, emotional, or mental challenges.
- works closely with academic advisers across campus to ensure integration of study abroad into a student's individual degree program.
- works with students prior to departure and during re-entry to enable them to gain the maximum benefit from their study abroad experience.
- has a nationally recognized Study Abroad Security and Risk Assessment Committee—a standing committee charged with reviewing program locations for safety and security of program participants.
- has increased enrollment by more than 230% percent (from 776 to 2,589 MSU students) over a 16 year period (1994-95 to 2009-10). Approximately 26% of graduating seniors at MSU have participated in at least one study abroad experience.
- was cited by U.S. News & World Report in its "Best Colleges 2011" as an "outstanding program designed to foster student success."
Visit http://studyabroad.msu.edu for more information about MSU's study abroad programs.
SAFETY and STUDY ABROAD AT MSU
MSU has established policies and practices in an effort to enhance the safety and well-being of study abroad participants. While it is not possible to address all contingencies that could arise, these measures are designed with the safety of program participants in mind.
- Regular monitoring of safety issues in each of our program locations
- Employing a full-time travel security analyst responsible for health and safety concerns
- Evaluating safety conditions in locations of concern by an independent Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee
- Requiring all students to participate in one or more general and program-specific orientation sessions
- Having emergency procedures in place, including medical and general emergency evacuation procedures
- Requiring all program leaders to attend an Emergency Preparedness and Response Seminar and those who accompany a program to carry an international cell phone
- Providing emergency assistance via a 24/7 collect-call phone number produced on a wallet-size card that connects callers directly to the MSU Police Operations Desk
- Covering all students with a comprehensive international health treatment, evacuation and repatriation policy
The Office of Study Abroad strives to keep students, faculty, and parents informed of conditions and decisions related to student safety and well-being. However, in these changing times, it is necessary that each student take responsibility for his/her own safety by staying informed and conducting themselves accordingly.