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Each year, nearly 6,000 students and scholars from 130 countries join the Michigan State University community.

Students who are seeking academic programs abroad including non-degree options, MSU's Office of Study Abroad offers a variety of programs to support your educational goals.

Office for International Students and Scholars (

OISS staff meet with international students and scholars and their families about immigration, employment, housing, health care, financial concerns, academic problems, travel and other personal issues. The office offers orientations and other special programming that help international students and scholars integrate into and adjust to the academic, cultural and social life of MSU. Featured programs include Friday evening coffee hours, an international student essay competition, a welcome reception hosted by MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and a campus-wide global celebration. Additionally, OISS serves as MSU's liaison to foreign embassies, sponsoring agencies and educational foundations that support international students.

Office of Study Abroad (

With over 260 programs in 60 countries on all continents, study abroad at Michigan State University helps students stay on track for graduation by offering credits in a diverse selection of courses.

This office also oversees MSU's student exchange programs which includes The American Semester Program (, a program just for students who are in an undergraduate degree at an institution outside of the United States of America. The program gives students at MSU's partner institutions the opportunity to study in America and transfer the credits back to their home degree.

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