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Preparing for Arrival

Exchange and ASP Students: You have received your official welcome packet and are getting ready to prepare for your time at MSU. We thought it would be a good idea to provide a list of things you will want to take care of or keep in mind. We look forward to welcoming you on campus!

Now that you have received your welcome packet, here are a few things you want to do or start thinking about as you plan for your semester or year abroad:

  1. Obtain your visa stamp for your passport. Follow the instructions provided by your local United States consulate or embassy on how to make a visa appointment and pay the necessary fees.
    • Students must have the visa paperwork issued by MSU in hand before they can make the appointment for the visa interview!
  2. Make your travel arrangements based on the appropriate arrival day mentioned in your welcome packet. Fill out and return the arrival form we mentioned in your acceptance packet and welcome email.
  3. Check that you can access your MSU student account and MSU email.
    • To do this use the NetID and password provided in your acceptance packet.
  4. Check your MSU email regularly. We and other MSU offices send emails regularly. Your MSU email address serves as our primary way to communicate with you.
    • Make sure to check your spam/junk folder and adjust the setting for that folder as needed. Sometimes our e-mails are sorted into that folder at first.
  5. Read everything we are sending you carefully!
  6. Return your ASP&E Course Request Form.
  7. Decide what to bring! And pack your bags!

If your question is not answered here, contact us:

American Semester Program (Direct Enroll Students) and Short Course: american(at)
Exchange Students: msuex(at)