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International Profile

This is Michigan State


Michigan State University has a long tradition of using the research and knowledge developed on campus to create practical solutions that make a difference for individuals and communities worldwide. At Michigan State students gain the knowledge and experience they need to compete in the global marketplace.

Situated on 5,200 picturesque acres of park-like campus recognized as one of the most beautiful in the country, Michigan State provides students with the ideal setting to live, learn, and grow. For more than 150 years, Michigan State has lived up to its reputation as a world-class, cutting-edge institution.

Academic excellence
Michigan State is home to more than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges, allowing students to pursue a range of academic offerings. Students can select from many top-ranked disciplines, including highly ranked programs in Business, Education, Engineering, Management, and Veterinary Medicine. In fact, MSU is home to three on-campus medical schools, graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians as well as veterinarians.

MSU’s Criminal Justice program is the oldest continuous degree-granting program of its kind in the United States and is a world leader in cyber security, forensic science, and the study of youth violence. 

Students who are part of the Honors College at Michigan State join one of the oldest and most prestigious honors colleges in the nation. The Honors College at MSU allows students the flexibility to design their own programs of study and offers numerous other benefits such as priority enrollment and honors housing. High-achieving MSU students have been recognized around the world; since the 1970s, MSU’s record of Rhodes Scholars has led the Big Ten Conference.

Several residential communities at Michigan State allow students to fully utilize the benefits of a large universi-ty while living and learning within a smaller campus community. The newest is the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, which combines interdisciplinary study and multiple learning opportunities. Students are able to create individualized programs that may include literature, history, ethics, the visual and performing arts, and the study of languages and cultures. 

Michigan State also features two other widely renowned residential communities: James Madison College—for students interested in the study of politics, public policy, law, and social issues—and Lyman Briggs College—for students interested in science-based fields. 

Global focus
Michigan State University has a long history of supporting the idea of global learning and outreach. In 1956 MSU was the first major university in the United States with a dean of international programs. 

Students are encouraged to learn from and have an impact on the world around them. Michigan State is a top public university in the United States for study abroad, with 275 programs in 60 countries and on all seven continents. 

Newsweek magazine and MSNBC have named MSU one of the Top 100 Global Universities, and more than 1,400 faculty members are involved in international research, teaching, and service projects and programs. 

At Michigan State students leave prepared to make positive and meaningful contributions to the global society. 

Student life
As a major public university, Michigan State offers students a wealth of opportunities to supplement their academic experiences. Over 700 student organizations and clubs offer students the chance to get involved in all manner of activities. Campus also features a performing arts center, an art gallery, and an events center that plays host to national entertainment acts.

Once voted one of the friendliest cities in America, East Lansing is a safe and secure complement to campus that features a vibrant downtown area with shops, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and lots of entertainment options. 

As a member of the Big Ten Conference, MSU fields 25 Division I athletic teams. Students join the tradition of one of the best athletic programs in the nation as competing members or fans. MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars provides special assistance, advising, and programming for the members of MSU’s international community.


East Lansing, Michigan, is centrally located just minutes away from the capital city of Lansing. Known as one of the friendliest cities and best college towns in America, East Lansing features easy access to the beaches of Lake Michigan and the cities of Detroit and Chicago. A vibrant arts culture and myriad shops, boutiques, and dining options help make East Lansing popular with students, residents, and tourists.


Type of School: Founded in 1855 as the nation’s pioneer land-grant institution, Michigan State is a public, coeducational, residential university that is also one of the top 100 research institutions in the world.

Size of Campus: 5,200 acres in a park-like setting

Number of Students: 50,344 total; 39,090 undergraduates; international population (both undergrad and grad): 15%

Number of Faculty: More than 2,500 full-time faculty

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Residential College in Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Letters, Eli Broad College of Business/Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Human Medicine, College of Law (affiliated), Lyman Briggs College, James Madison College, College of Music, College of Natural Science, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Social Science, and College of Veterinary Medicine; study abroad program features 275 programs in 60 countries and on all seven continents

Geographic Diversity: Students from all 50 states and more than 130 different countries

International Student Services: Michigan State features a vast array of services to aid international students, including the English Language Center, the Office for International Students and Scholars, and the International Studies and Programs office. Additionally, MSU has dozens of international student clubs and organizations on campus.

International Student Budget: (2016–2017)
Tuition and Fees $39,442
Room and Board $10,696
Medical $2,026
Books and Supplies $1,076
Personal/Miscellaneous $3,120
Total for Two Semesters  

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for several scholarship awards, including the Global Neighbors Scholarship, Spartan Scholarship Award, MasterCard Foundation, and scholarships awarded by the Honors College at Michigan State. Athletic scholarships are also available.

Test Score Requirements: Students must meet a language proficiency requirement. Students with acceptable academic credentials who do not meet language proficiency requirements may be admitted on provisional status. For Regular Admission, a TOEFL score of 79 with no subscore below 17 (Internet-based) or an SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or higher or ACT English score of 18 or higher is required. MSU’s TOEFL code is 1465. For other acceptable exams, visit admissions.msu.edu/apply/international.

Application Deadlines and Fees: Students are encouraged to apply by November 1 for maximum scholarship consideration. The application fee for international students is $75.