International Studies & Programs

Admissions Requirements

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The American Semester Program (ASP) has very specific requirements for all students, as the program is highly integrated within MSU. ASP is not an extension program. Students are not taught in separate classrooms, nor are they living in separate residence halls. ASP students are full MSU students.

As such, admissions criteria is important to follow. Students must provide documentation of language competency, academic record and proof of financial support, along with other requirements, at the time of application. If students have any concerns or questions related to the application process, or admissions requirements, please contact us at american(at)

Exchange students should refer to their home institution or view our Exchange Admissions Criteria.


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English Language Proficiency

Standardized English Language test results are required unless English is designated as the primary language of instruction. These TOEFL results are an example of accepted test scores:

  • Paper Based TOEFL (PBT) 550, with no sub score below 52

  • Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) 79, with no sub score below 17

We also accept other standardized English language tests.


Students must be in good standing with their university, specific requirements and prerequisites may apply to certain courses or departments.

Proof of Financial Support (POF)

In order to obtain a visa to study in the United States, students must provide documentation (student or parent bank account or other documentation) stating the student will have sufficient funds for each semester - amounts can be found below under the Estimated POF for Academic Year 2016-17.

Proof of financial support is very important for the processing of visas, and should be included with the initial application. Estimated POF for Fall 2017 >

Letter of Interest

An essay submission is reequired (approximately 300 words) describing the following:

  • Why do you want to study abroad and why are you are interested in the American Semester Program?
  • How will studying abroad help you meet your academic, professional and personal goals?
  • What personal strengths do you have that support your acceptance into this program?
  • How do you plan to apply your experience upon returning to your home institution?

For questions about this program, contact Nick Schrader.

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