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Freshman Seminars Abroad (FSA)
Withdrawal Policy

Prior to Acceptance

If you have not yet been accepted into a seminar, you may withdraw your application at any time. To withdraw your application, you must complete the online Decision Form (accessible in your "My Study Abroad" account). It is not sufficient to let the seminar faculty leader know. Prior to acceptance, the $100 application fee is refundable if you choose to cancel. Even if you have officially withdrawn from MSU, you must still complete the online Decision Form.

At Acceptance

If you've been accepted into a seminar you have two weeks after the date of the acceptance letter to withdraw without financial obligation, using the online Decision Form. Even if you have officially withdrawn from MSU, you must still complete the online Decision Form. If you have not submitted your online Decision Form within the two weeks of the date of the acceptance letter, the Office of Study Abroad will assume you no longer wish to participate and you will be withdrawn from the seminar. The $100 application fee will remain on your account.

After Acceptance

If you decide to withdraw after confirming your participation using the online Decision Form, you cannot withdraw online. You must contact the Office of Study Abroad in writing of your decision to withdraw.

It is important to understand that all Freshman Seminars Abroad are financed through course tuition and the program fee. The following paragraphs describe the financial ramifications of withdrawing following your acceptance into a program:

(A) Program fee: If you choose to withdraw your application after accepting admission into a seminar, you will be financially responsible for the $100 application fee and the $200 deposit. If you withdraw from a seminar after accepting admission and your written withdrawal is received at the Office of Study Abroad less than eight (8) weeks before the seminar's first day, you will be financially responsible for the $100 application fee and $200 deposit, or any non-recoverable costs (such as airfare, housing deposits, field trip pre-payments, etc.) incurred and/or committed on your behalf by MSU and its affiliates at the time of your withdrawal (whichever is more). It is your responsibility to ask about the estimated non-recoverable costs incurred at the time of your withdrawal. If you withdraw on or after the seminar's first day, you will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. The date OSA receives the written withdrawal notification is the date by which the financial calculation will be determined.

(B) Tuition: If you withdraw from the seminar prior to the seminar's first day, you will receive a full refund of tuition and matriculation fees. If you withdraw after the seminar's first day and/or do not maintain your enrollment in the UGS 102 course credits during or after the program (including withdrawal from MSU), you may be dismissed from the program and/or billed and responsible for paying an additional program fee. Once this additional fee is posted to your account, you cannot be retroactively enrolled in any courses. Your enrollment status will be monitored by the Office of Study Abroad during and after the program.


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

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