Seeing the world.
For the better.
With one of the largest study abroad catalogs in the country, Michigan State University is a top producer of global citizens who are prepared to make a difference in communities near and far.
Whether studying geology in Antarctica, health care in Brazil or food systems in Tanzania, MSU study abroad participants cross disciplines and time zones to expand their worldviews and to engage through outreach and research.
“Domestic students are studying abroad outside the United States and students from abroad are undertaking international learning experiences by coming here to East Lansing,” says Inge Steglitz, acting director of MSU’s Office of Study Abroad. “If you combine those two student populations, we’re talking about 10,000 MSU students engaged in international learning activities. That’s something in which all Spartans can take pride.”
True to its mission of working for the common global good, MSU offers study abroad programs that focus on community engagement in locations like Greece, where students work directly with refugees. Students also conduct research abroad. For example, in the university’s first student-designed program in Fiji, participants study ecology, ecotourism and agriculture of different socioeconomic regions to measure effects of climate change.
As MSU focuses on first-generation, high-need and underrepresented minorities as part of its student success initiative, the Office of Study Abroad has increased outreach efforts across campus. These include one-on-one advising with students and academic advisers with programs such as Study Abroad in the Neighborhoods. The program places peer advisers in MSU’s residential Neighborhoods to more effectively address student concerns about traveling and studying abroad and to help students choose programs based on their areas of study and interests.
^ Students from the College of Arts and Letters describe how their study abroad experiences have changed them.