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Admitted Summer

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

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Please read the Pre-Arrival Guide closely to help you prepare for your program!

Click Here to access the guide online.
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The following information is vital to your admission to the American Semester Program Short Courses. In order to ensure your participation in July's program, you must complete all required steps.

You will be notified via email of any processing changes, program updates, or other relevant information regarding your time at MSU.

IMPORTANT: pay special attention to the deadlines and requirements of each step. If you have any questions, please contact us immediately.


Submit your confirmation deposit by May 18, 2018.

Your spot in the program is not guaranteed until you submit your confirmation depositThe deadline to submit your Confirmation Deposit is May 18, 2018 at 5:00pm EST!

As stated in your Official Acceptance Letter sent to you via email, 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.

Click here to access our payment website to submit your payment with a credit card or ACH bank transfer. To submit your Confirmation Deposit, click on “Short Course Payments & Registrations,” then “Short Course Confirmation Deposit”. Choose the course to which you have been accepted, enter $300 followed by your payment information.

Alternatively, you can submit your confirmation deposit with a wire transfer. When you make your wire transfer, please also complete our online Wire Transfer Form (click here). 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 Kathryn Fillinger

Remember to complete the online form after submitting your wire transfer!

Book your travel to East Lansing, MI.

You are required to be in East Lansing July 9 - 27, 2018 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 July 9, but it is your choice if you choose to do so. Housing for the program is only available July 9 - 27.

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: July 9, 2018
Pick up is available from the following Lansing area locations between 8:00am and 8:00pm:

  • 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)
    • 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 our Arrival Form. If you arrive at one of the above locations between 8:00am and 8:00pm on July 9, 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: July 27, 2018
Check out time from residence hall: 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.

 

 

Check your Immigration Requirements.

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.

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 visa to enter the US and participate in the program. You will also require a visa if you are a passport holder of a country that is in the, but have traveled to or have a nationality of Iraq, Iran, Syria, or Sudan. Most of our participants are able to secure a B-1 or B-2 visa with the help of some additional paperwork the ASP team can produce. A member of the ASP team will contact you if your application indicated you are from a country that will require a visa. However, please email Kellie Clock at any time to discuss your options.

Purchase health insurance.

All participants in an ASP Short Course Program are required to show proof of health insurance (or travel insurance that covers health emergencies). 

We strongly recommend you purchase our recommended plan through International Student Insurance! The plan costs less than $40 for your entire program. Click here to register. Once registered, you will receive a letter confirming your insurance registration and an invoice for payment.

The highlights of our plan include:

  • $0 Deductible for $100,000 policy maximum (ages 18-29)
  • $50 Urgent Care Co-pay
  • $200 Emergency Room Co-pay
  • Up to $500 coverage for lost checked luggage
  • Up to $5,000 for trip interruptions
  • Online student portal where you can access plan and claims information

 

If you decide to purchase an alternative plan, please be aware that ASP staff will not be able to advise on which providers accept your insurance, nor any other insurance details. If you purchase an alternative plan, you must complete this online form by July 1, 2018.

Submit final program payment by June 1, 2018.

The total fee for the program is $3,700 USD. The non-refundable program fee (minus any deposit) must be paid in full by Friday, June 1, 2018, at 5:00pm EST. There will be non-recoverable costs incurred should you withdraw having paid the program fee.

To submit your final program fee payment using a credit card or ACH bank transfer, click here to go to our payment website. Click on “Short Course Payments & Registrations,” then“Short Course Full Program Fee,” then choose the course to which you have been accepted. Enter the remaining balance owed and proceed with payment.

Alternatively, you can submit your full program payment with a wire transfer. When you make your wire transfer, please also complete our online Wire Transfer Form (click here). 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 Kathryn Fillinger

Remember to complete the online form after submitting your wire transfer!


Program Calendar

Below you will find the tentative calendars of activities and excursions for July programs! These calendars are subject to change through the start of the programs. A final calendar will be provided to you during orientation.

July 9 - 27 Programs (PDF)
Programs: Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, International Litigation & Arbitration, and Lights, Camera, Action!

American Language & Culture (PDF)

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.
  • Summer Short Course Additional Must Have: sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, swimsuit if desired
  • 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 quite hot in July (on average 82°F, 28°C), as well. To prepare for the heat, make sure you bring light clothing that can be layered. Good walking shoes and a hat are also useful!

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 (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

If you elected to enroll in our recommended Health Insurance Plan with International Student Information, read on!

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 a full description of your insurance coverage with Tokyo Marine HCC.


Questions? Never hesitate to contact the Short Course Coordinator, Kellie Clock, at clockkel(at)msu.edu!

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