You've been accepted, so now what...
FSA faculty and staff accept students into programs on a rolling basis. If you apply to a program that is full, our staff will call to consult with you about your options. If the program is open, your application is approved once complete.
To Do List for Recently Accepted Students
Once we accept your application, you will receive an email to your MSU account. This email will detail certain next steps for you take. In general, you will need to do the following:
- Confirm your attendance - Using the link in the MSU email, or by going back into the online application system, you need to complete the decision form that confirms you will participate on the program.
- Passport - Send a copy of the picture page of your passport to the Office of Study Abroad. Details are in the acceptance email. Make sure that if you scan or fax it that it is legible.
- Bill Payment - You will be billed for the $100 application fee and the $200 confirmation deposit through the MSU system. You should also get an email from MSU about these bills, but you can also go online and check https://stuinfo.msu.edu. Remember, this fee and deposit are part of your overall program bill, not additional costs.
Second Tier Steps for Accepted Students
Once you accepted and confirmed, you can start to consider other items, such as financial aid and scholarships:
- Financial aid - Financial aid can count toward your program costs, and you must have a FAFSA on-file with MSU to be eligible for aid and all need-based scholarships. Make sure you complete the FAFSA paperwork online.
- Scholarships - MSU sponsors a limited number of academic and need-based scholarships. Some, like the Honor's College scholarships, are done on a first-come, first-awarded basis. In general, scholarship decisions will be made in May or June. If you want to apply a Presidential Scholarship toward your FSA participation, you must let us know by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Plane Deviations - The plane ticket comes as part of your program fee, and it includes transit from MSU to the international location and back to either campus or the Detroit airport. If you want to deviate on the way home or purchase an additional flight to get home, you should contact the Office of Study Abroad as soon as possible at 517-353-8920.
- Orientation planning - Depending on the timing of your FSA orientation, you may want to schedule your MSU orientation for directly before. In other words, if your FSA orientation starts on a Friday, you can try to come for academic orientation on Thursday to save yourself a trip.
Things to Consider in the Summer
The spring is a busy time for program planning, so you might not hear a lot from MSU about your specific program until June. Starting in the summer, you should be aware of the following:
- Enrollment - MSU staff will enroll you in UGS 102 for Fall Semester. This course is associated with the FSA program, and you must be enrolled in it to participate. If you attend summer orientation and are not enrolled in the class, please email email@example.com. Do not drop this class!
- Integrative Studies - You will receive information about using the UGS 102 class to substitute for a university requirement by mail and e-mail over the summer. Make sure you consult with your academic adviser and indicate your substitution preference online by October/November.
- Orientation Mailing - In late-May or early-June, you will receive a mailing about your summer FSA orientation (different than your summer academic orientation). You will get directions, a draft schedule, and a packing list.
- Billing - Billing for the program fee (minus the $300 you already paid) will happen in July or August. Billing for your tuition will happen in August as part of your normal fall tuition bill.
- Pre-departure work - Along with your orientation information, you may receive reading materials or homework from your program leader. You might also get e-mail from them.
Make sure you check your MSU email regularly!