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International Profile

Michigan State University Spartans work to advance the common good with uncommon will. 

Together we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better. Michigan State is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation—and is home to a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Academic excellence
Home to more than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges, MSU is the place to explore and experiment. 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.

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. 

MSU’s residential colleges offer the best of both worlds: a small-college environment at a Big Ten research university. Students can study topics such as public policy, natural science, and the arts and humanities while living and learning alongside students with similar interests.

Global focus
MSU’s campus is home to a vibrant and diverse community of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as renowned scholars and scientists from around the globe. It is a hub for international programs, centers, events, and worldwide partnerships.

At MSU, 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.

MSU offers more than 65 programs focused on international topics, including language study, specializations in world regions or global themes, and international relations.

Student life
Once you experience MSU with your own two feet, you’ll understand why Spartans continue to think of the University as home long after they leave. 

Home to botanical gardens, art museums, performance venues, Big Ten athletics, and recreational sports facilities, MSU puts you at the center of all the action. 

Among the top 10 best college cities in the nation, according to Forbes, 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. 



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 (39,090 undergraduate); international population (both undergrad and grad): 15%

Number of Faculty: Approximately 5,300

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: More than 200 areas of study in 17 degree-granting colleges: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Residential College in the 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, James Madison College, College of Law (affiliated), Lyman Briggs 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 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: (2017–2018)
Tuition and Fees $40,961
Room and Board $10,962
Medical $2,026
Books and Supplies $1,084
Personal/Miscellaneous $3,594
Total for Two Semesters $58,627

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for several scholarship awards, including the Global Neighbors Scholarship, Global Spartan Scholarship Award, 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.