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Program eligibility

MSU's FSA program is designed for students who have recently graduated from high school and are entering their first-year of full-time study at MSU.

To be eligible for summer 2017 programs, you must have graduated from high school in 2017 and been admitted to MSU for the first time as a full-time college student for the the 2017-18 academic year. Please note: even if AP (advanced placement) and dual-enrollment (college classes taken while in high school) credits put you at sophomore or junior class standing, you are eligible to participate as long as you are a first-time, full-time student.

To apply for a program you must have applied to MSU and paid your Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) to MSUOpens in new window. The payment is required in the system for you to have access to the online application process. If you want to apply but have not yet paid your deposit, you must pay your deposit first.

Your application may be denied or your approval to participate may be revoked if your academic and/or behavioral conduct before departure raises doubts as to your suitability for program participation. This situation includes behavior at the summer Academic Orientation Program (AOP), as well as the FSA program's pre-departure orientation. Also, if you have your admission to MSU revoked for any reason, you are NOT eligible to continue participation on the FSA program.

Credit policy

You can only enroll twice in any combination of UGS 101 (campus seminar), 102 (study abroad seminar), and UGS 103 (domestic seminar).


Program deadlines depend on the program departure date and logistical planning; therefore, applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis starting in January 2017. We will accept students into programs until they are either full or logistical factors (e.g., plane ticket deadlines) make it impossible for us to add additional participants.

To ensure a spot on your desired program, you should apply as early as possible. In the past, programs have filled as early as March. Programs that have filled will be labeled as waitlisted in the application system. Please do not apply for multiple programs at the same time.

Although not required to apply, you will need a valid passport to travel internationally, and this process can take six weeks or longer. We highly recommend applying for both the program and the passport early. Passport information is available from your local post office or online from the US State DepartmentOpens in new window.

The application deadline for FSA scholarships is June 5, 2017. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must submit both your FSA program AND scholarship applications by that date. Scholarship information is submitted using the online module in the application process. To be eligible for need-based scholarships, you will also need to have a FAFSA on file with MSU. (Please see the Program Costs page for more information).

Application process

The application is available online at Once admitted to Michigan State University, if you want to apply to a program, you must first create a "My Study Abroad" account using your MSU NetID and password (i.e., your MSU e-mail ID and password). To activate your MSU e-mail account visit New Students: Activating your MSU NetIDOpens in new window. Once you create an account, you will be guided through the application process automatically. For step by step instructions, please see our application directions sheet.

If you are under the age of 18 at the time of application, you will need to submit a "Parental/Legal Guardian Study Abroad Participation Permission" form, which you can access under the "Agreements" header on the application checklist. If you are 18 or older at the time of application, OSA regards a digital indication of your signature just as it would your handwritten signature. Your electronic signature confirms that you have reviewed your application for accuracy and completeness and that you understand the policies associated with the billing.

To apply, you must pay a $100 application, which is applied to the cost of the seminar. In other words, if the program fee is $3,500, then you will pay $100 at the time of application and the remaining $3,400 later in the process. You will receive an electronic bill (e-bill) to your MSU email account from the MSU Student Accounts Office for the application fee. If you are denied admission into the seminar or the seminar is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the $100 application fee. If you transfer your application to a different FSA program, your application fee will also transfer. If you confirm your admission to the program, then the fee is non-refundable (see below).

Once you complete the online application, you will be notified of your acceptance status via e-mail by the Office of Study Abroad. This e-mail will direct you to complete additional steps to confirm your admission into the program. To confirm your admission into a seminar, you must complete and submit the online "Decision Form" within two weeks of the date of your acceptance notification or you may lose your space in the seminar. If you are admitted into a seminar less than six (6) weeks prior to the seminar's departure date, you must complete and submit the online "Decision Form" upon receipt of the e-mail.

Once you have confirmed your admission into the program, you will be billed a non-refundable and non-transferable $200 deposit. This deposit will be posted and due on your student account and must be paid by the due date indicated on the e-bill. Like the application fee, it will be applied to the program fee. Going back to the example, on an FSA with a $3,500 program fee, you would owe $3,200 after paying the application fee and deposit. If you do not pay the application fee and/or deposit by the due date indicated on the e-bill, the fees will accrue monthly late charges until paid in full.

If you are wait-listed because a seminar is at capacity, you will not be billed the $200 deposit until formally accepted. If you are wait-listed and unable to participate due to space limitations, we will refund your application fee.

You can find more details in the Study Abroad Student Guide available online, including information about withdrawing from a seminar.

Program fees, dates, and arrangements are subject to change due to unexpected circumstances.

Program fees, dates and arrangements are subject to change, due to unforeseen considerations.

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