Exchange students are short-term, non-degree students who study at MSU for one or two semesters while also being enrolled and completing degree requirements at their home universities. Students enrolled at one of MSU's exchange partner institutions may apply to study at MSU as an exchange student for one or two semesters when they have been nominated by their home university.
Students should work with their home university to apply for an exchange program at MSU. To be eligible to become an exchange student you must meet the following criteria regardless of institution, country, or field of study.
Students will pay regular fees to their home institution; tuition at MSU is waived. Room and board, health insurance, and other miscellaneous fees (residence hall association fee, gym memberships, bus passes etc.) are paid by the student. Exceptions may apply and are applied as outlined by the exchange agreement.
Exchange students at MSU will be enrolled as short-term, non-degree seeking students. Exchange students do not not earn a full degree at MSU, but instead work with their home university to count credits taken at MSU for their degree at home.
Students who enter the U.S. on student visas must pursue a full-time course load during the semester. Before MSU can extend an offer of admission, MSU must determine that a full course schedule can be created for that semester. This means a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduate (bachelor's) and 9 credits for graduate (master's) students. Individual exchange agreements may allow students to take up to 15 credits (bachelor's) and 12 credits (master's) per semester.
Course enrollment depends on student academic background and the space available in the course.
Prospective exchange students interested in applying to study at MSU for short-term programs must meet all of the below admissions requirements. For questions about these requirements, refer to your home institution or the MSU Exchanges Coordinator at .
Interested students must first contact the education abroad office at their home university to talk about exchange opportunities and what that means for their academic program. Potential exchange students must be nominated for the exchange by their home university before MSU can consider their application.
TOEFL results are required unless English is designated as the primary language of instruction. The Exchange Coordinator (at MSU) may also contact prospective students to schedule a Skype interview to ensure all internal requirements at MSU are met. The requirements are:
Students must be in good academic standing with their home university. Students must submit all applicable academic transcripts (reports of classes completed and grades earned) and course descriptions for courses completed at the home university. Specific requirements and prerequisites may apply to certain courses, or to be approved to take courses in certain departments.
To obtain a visa to study in the U.S. all prospective exchange students must provide documentation verifying that they'll have sufficient funds to support themselves during their studies at MSU. This documentation must be included with the initial application and can be personal (student or parent) bank account statements or bank letters stating the student will have sufficient funds for each semester at MSU.
Students must submit an essay (about 300 words) with their application describing the following:
If you meet all of the requirements listed above, please continue to the application required by Michigan State University.