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Freshman Seminars Abroad (FSA)
Information for Parents

Parents and Study Abroad

Thank you for visiting our FSA Parent's Website, and congratulations to you and your family on having your student accepted into the Spartan community. The information on this page is designed as an overview for parents about the FSA programs. Additional resources are available, including the Office of Study Abroad parent's website, the FSA FAQ website, and the FSA Cost and Financial Assistance website.

If you have additional questions about the programs, please e-mail us at, or you can call Paul Brown, FSA coordinator, at (517) 884-8977.Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park

Benefits of Study Abroad

Based on 50 years of research, study abroad influences students in three major areas:

Furthermore, from our experience with freshman seminars abroad, we know that students also report an easier transition into "college" life, both socially and academically. Specifically, students report that participation in the program supports them in the following ways:

Recent research also suggests that students who go on an FSA program are more likely to have a higher first-year GPA, less likely to drop-out of MSU, and more likely to graduate in four years than non-participants. For these reasons, MSU believes that the FSA program offers students an excellent learning and adjustment opportunity.

Developing a community

A key facet of college student success is forming a community of social and academic support. Based on evidence, this goal occurs with the FSA model. FSA programs are held to a 15:1 student/instructor ratio in the classroom environment, and this small-group environment helps students form connections with each other and the instructor. The broader programs can reach up to 30 students, and between the classroom experience and broader travel experience, students will have a lot of one-on-one time with each other and MSU professionals who care about their development and transition.

On-site support

In addition to the teaching faculty, each program will have additional on-site staff whose role is to support the faculty and attend to non-classroom issues such as logistical support, student needs, and safety. On-site support staff members have experience and training related to working with first-year students in a co-curricular, student advising capacity.

While on-site and in-transit, the faculty and staff team will ensure that the group stays together and travels safely. During orientation, students and parents will receive all information relevant to contacting students and faculty, as well as MSU campus staff, during the program.

Safety and security concerns

Program locations are selected based on their academic, cultural, and geographic appeal, the availability of affordable housing and amenities, and availability of reliable logistical support on site. MSU also considers the criteria of safety, security, and health.

MSU constantly monitors the safety of its programs and the conditions that exist within our host nations. For more information on safety and study abroad, please refer to our Health, Safety and Security Concerns in Study Abroad web site.

In an emergency, please call our Emergency Assistance Line: 517-353-3784, or review our Emergency Assistance Web-Site.

Other Resources:

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

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