International Studies and Programs (ISP) provides leadership to facilitate cross-college and cross-continent research and project collaborations. We believe when you reach across disciplines, institutions and boundaries you can harness talent and bright ideas from around the world–in a network of networks–to address the world's most pressing problems and most promising opportunities.
Our international units and institutes work on behalf of the entire university to mobilize Michigan State University's (MSU) research capacity, enhance educational programs, strengthen international experiences, support foreign language instruction and build international partnerships.
These efforts help expand and deepen MSU's global research and create a robust resource of in-the-world knowledge, which is essential for advancing well-being and assuring the marginalized and disadvantage benefit from our efforts.
For an overview of International Studies and Programs, download our brochure (PDF)* (/resources/documents/ISPbrochure61113.pdf) or visit our publication page (/resources/publications.htm) for copies of our latest materials.
The ISP Team
Within ISP ( (/resources/publications.htm)) are offices with responsibility for research collaboration (http://www.isp.msu.edu/oirc/), study abroad (http://studyabroad.isp.msu.edu), international students and scholars, (http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/) vistiting international professional programs (http://vipp.isp.msu.edu/), student exchange programs (http://americansemester.isp.msu.edu/) and Peace Corps recruiting (/units/peacecorps.htm), as well as area studies centers focusing on Africa (http://africa.isp.msu.edu/), Asia (http://asia.isp.msu.edu/), Canada (http://canadianstudies.isp.msu.edu/), Europe and Russia (http://ceres.isp.msu.edu/) and Latin America and the Caribbean (http://latinamerica.isp.msu.edu/). ISP also has strong ties to thematic international units across the campus focusing on international aspects of agriculture (http://cgc.msu.edu/), business (http://global.broad.msu.edu/ibc/), education (http://www.educ.msu.edu/), engineering (http://www.egr.msu.edu/), gender (http://gencen.isp.msu.edu/), health (http://www.msu.edu/unit/iih/) international development (http://casid.isp.msu.edu/)and languages (http://clear.msu.edu).
In addition, the ISP Dean consults with an Advisory-Consultative Committee (/accmins/), a structure that is part of MSU's academic governance, (/https://www.msu.edu/unit/acadgov/advisory/index.html) on topics ranging from study abroad programs, foreign student affairs and exchange relationships with foreign institutions to international comparative and area studies, international contractual projects and other relationships. The committee serves as the principal channel of communication at the policy level between ISP, faculty and students.