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January Short Course

Congratulations, Spartan! You've been admitted to a Short Course Program! We are so excited to have you on campus in January 2021.

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The following information is available to help you prepare to study abroad with the American Semester Program at Michigan State University. Throughout the next few months, you should check your online Traveler Dashboard frequently for any messages or updates from the ASP Staff.

You must also submit all online forms by their stated deadlines in order to continue your participation in the program. Never hesitate to contact us through your Traveler Dashboard messaging system if you have questions!


How do I confirm my place in the program?

Your spot in the program is not guaranteed until you submit your confirmation depositThe deadline to submit your Confirmation Deposit is November 29, 2019 through the Confirmation Deposit form in your online Traveler Dashboard!

As stated in your Official Acceptance Letter, a $300 USD nonrefundable deposit is required in order to secure your spot in the program. This deposit will be put toward your full program fee, meaning that you only owe $3,400 USD once you have submitted your Confirmation Deposit.

Through the Confirmation Deposit form in your online account, you can secure your place in the program by submitting the $300 payment via credit card or wire transfer. The form will require you to upload a receipt of your transaction.

When making your payment via Wire Transfer, be sure to include transfer and administrative fees on top of your payment. These fees vary by bank and money transfer organizations. Use the following account information when making your transfer:

Bank Name: Bank of America
Bank Address: 2600 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084
Account Name: The Board of Trustees/Michigan State University
ABA Routing Number: 026009593
Account Number: 1935-218139
SWIFT Code: BOFAUS3N
CHIPS (Clearing House Interbank Payments System) participation number: 0959
Special notes for wiring form: Department: ISP/ASP attention Kellie Clock

How should I book my travel to East Lansing, Michigan?

You are required to be in East Lansing January 11 - 31, 2020 to participate in your Short Course program! Please read the following Arrival and Departure details before booking your travel. It is not necessary for you to arrive in East Lansing before January 11, but it is your choice if you choose to do so. Housing for the program is only available January 11 - 31, 2020.

The American Semester Program strongly recommends that you consider booking your travel with STA Travel. Access MSU's dedicated STA Travel webpage by clicking here. STA Travel offers affordable student airfare, an option to "book now, pay later," organized trips in the USA, and more.

Arrival Details

Arrival Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Pick up is available from the following Lansing area locations between 8:00am and 9:00pm:

  • Michigan Flyer East Lansing Bus Stop - Best option!!
    • This bus provides a transfer from the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).
    • Book your bus ticket ahead of time online.
    • Round trip: $50.00; One-way: $32.00
    • The ride is about 2 hours, and the bus has WiFi and outlets for charging your devices. 
  • Lansing Capital City Airport (LAN) - sometimes surprisingly a cheaper option!
    • You may choose to make a connection in Chicago, Minneapolis, or Detroit and fly directly to Lansing, MI.
    • The airport is very small and is about a 20 minute drive from MSU.
  • East Lansing Amtrak/Greyhound Bus Station
    • If you choose to connect through Chicago, you may take the Amtrak train to East Lansing.
    • Greyhound buses are also available from cities throughout Michigan.
    • This is the least recommended option as trains and buses are often delayed.

Once you have booked your travel, complete the Arrival Form in your online Traveler Dashboard. If you arrive at one of the above locations between 8:00am and 9:00pm on January 11, we will pick you up! If you arrive outside of that time frame, you are responsible for finding your way to campus. Click here for tips on how to get to campus on your own (PDF).

Departure Details

Departure Date: January 31, 2020
Check out time from hotel: 12:00pm

The American Semester Program will not provide transportation from campus to departure locations. However, taxis, Ubers, and Lyft rides are very affordable in the area. See below for approximate costs.

  • Taxi from Campus to Michigan Flyer Stop: around $10.00
  • Taxi from Campus to Lansing Airport: around $30.00
  • Using UberX or Lyft will be slightly cheaper, unless surge pricing is in effect.

 

 

What are the immigration requirements for entering the United States for this program?

To travel to the United States and participate in this program, you will need a valid passport and either authorization through ESTA or a tourist visa.

If you are a passport holder of a member country of the US Visa Waiver Program, you are eligible to apply for ESTA. ESTA is an electronic authorization waiving a visa that is affordable and electronically connected to your passport number. Don't delay - apply for your ESTA approval online now!

NOTE: If you are a passport holder of a country that is not a member of the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you will require a B1/B2 tourist visa to enter the US and participate in the program. If you apply for ESTA approval and are denied for whatever reason, you can also apply for a B1/B2 tourist visa. A member of the ASP team will contact you if your application indicated you are from a country that will require a visa. However, message us through your Traveler Dashboard at any time to discuss your options.

NOTE: Successfully obtaining ESTA approval or a visa for the United States is under the sole discretion of the US Consulate. The American Semester Program can only advise you on your application, but cannot guarantee receipt of ESTA or visa approval.

 


Program Calendar

Click here to view a TENTATIVE program calendar (PDF)! This calendar is subject to change until the program begins. A finalized calendar and daily schedule will be provided to you upon arrival.

Packing

  • General Must Have: Passport and copies of passport, backpack or small travelling bag for trips and classes, wallet, walking shoes, electronics and chargers, adaptors for electronics if necessary, medications and print out of prescription sheets for such in carry on.
  • January Short Course Additional Must Have: warm coat, gloves/mittens, hat, scarf, boots, sweater, sweatshirt, warm socks. If you have ski or snowboard equipment (jacket, snow pants, goggles, etc.) bring it with you for our ski trip!
  • General Helpful Hints: always have copies of passport in your wallet while travelling and while you're here, pack a set of clothes in your carry on in case your checked luggage is delayed, have phone charger in carry on in case of needing to contact ASP for travel changes.

Student Life

East Lansing is a medium sized college town, and the cost of living is affordable for students. While the program includes on-campus meals, you should prepare for additional costs related to extra-curricular activities, including shopping and eating out (restaurant eating).

MSU's campus is very large! Most Spartans choose to walk to and from class, while others may ride bikes. A great alternative to walking and bike riding is the CATA (Capital Area Transit Authority) bus system, serving MSU's campus and the greater Lansing area.

Michigan can be very cold in January. The average high temperature is 29°F/-2°C and the average low temperature is 13°F/-10°C. Going through life in such cold temperatures might be quite shocking for you! To prepare, be sure to bring a warm coat and boots with you, as snow is likely during your time here. Bring a hat, gloves, and scarf, and remember to layer your clothes each day. With jeans, leggings, long sleeved shirts, and sweaters/sweatshirts, you will be able to dress well for the cold!

East Lansing is a welcoming community with diverse shops and restaurants located just off MSU's campus. Using the CATA bus system, Michigan's capital city of Lansing is only 20 minutes away.

Costs of Everyday Items:
Coffee/Tea: $3.00-$4.00
Quick lunch/fast food: $5.00+
Not fast food restaurant: $10.00+
Tylenol/Ibuprofen: $3.00+
Pads/Tampons: $4.00+
T shirts: $10.00+

Basic Services/Activities:
Movie Theater: $5.00 on Tuesdays, $9.50+ regularly
Wharton Center for the Performing Arts (on-campus) tickets: $10.00+
Haircut for Women: $25.00+
Haircut for Men: $15.00+
Broad Art Museum on campus: free
Bowling: free on Wednesdays on campus, $10.00+ for bowling/laser tag, etc
Quick food/drinks: Sparty's stores and cafes throughout campus, Starbucks, campus dining halls

Health Insurance Information

You will automatically be enrolled in our Health Insurance Plan with International Student Insurance! The cost of this plan is included in your program fee.

Your plan is with Tokyo Marine HHC and has a $100,000 policy maximum and $0 deductible. Your provider network is the First Health Network.

Plan Highlights:
- $0 Copay (upfront fee) when visiting any Urgent Care Facility
- $200 Copay (upfront fee) when visiting an emergency room. If you are admitted to the hospital as an in-patience, that fee will be waived.
- Coverage throughout the United States, as long as the health care provider is in-network.

Visit our landing page for links to important information regarding your insurance plan, including a provider search.
To download a copy of your insurance card and submit claims information, visit the Student Zone.

Finally, click here to download the plan brochure.


Questions? Never hesitate to contact us at american(at)msu.edu and through the Messaging System in your online Traveler Dashboard!