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American Semester Program Admissions Requirements

The American Semester Program (ASP) has very specific requirements for all students, as the program is highly integrated within MSU.

We accept the following students:

  • Undergraduate/bachelor level
  • Graduate/masters level
  • Gap year/recent high school or secondary school graduates

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.


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

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:

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

We also accept other standardized English language tests. Please note that graduate level students may have different requirements pending their intended coursework or faculties. Please contact our team for more information.

English Language Center

The American Semester Program (ASP) is excited to announce a new partnership with the MSU English Language Center (ELC). This partnership allows students actively studying the English language to enroll in the ELC's English for Academic Purposes courses, a program focused on improving international student English language abilities through credit-bearing language coursework taught by ELC faculty.

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.

Proof of financial support is very important for the processing of visas, and should be included with the initial application. Program Fees.

Statement of Purpose

An essay submission is required (approximately 500 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?

Have questions about applying to the American Semester Program? Contact us at american(at)