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Bring a global perspective to your education.

Students who study abroad discover that stepping outside of their cultures to live and study in a foreign country influences their careers and educational choices, increases self-confidence, enhances cultural tolerance and understanding, and facilitates lifelong friendships.

The MSU Office for Education Abroad offers more than 260 programs in more than 60 countries on all continents. There are options offered as long as an academic year or as short as a winter break. And students are able to go as early as freshman year or as late as the first semester of senior year.

Steps

  1. Research program options
  2. Research Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities
  1. Apply to a program
    • Complete an interview with a Broad Study Abroad Coordinator (Select semester-long programs only)
  2. Receive an admission decision and accept your seat on the program
    • If necessary, complete the Course Approval Form (CAF) and submit it to the Office of Education Abroad and the Broad College Study Abroad Coordinators before leaving for the program (Select semester-long partner programs only)
  3. Prepare for departure
    • Obtain a valid passport and check visa requirements
    • Complete Pre-Departure Orientation on D2L

Types of Programs

Partner (Semester-long) Programs

Students participating in a partner program enroll in courses with an international institution, transferring credit back to Michigan State. Typically, a semester in length—though there are some summer or full academic year options—these programs are a great opportunity for students to fully immerse themselves in the culture of their host country. Student support services in-country are provided by the host institution, at varying levels depending on location, as well as through MSU when needed. Partner programs are divided into three categories:

Exchange

Students pay MSU tuition and fees just like a semester on campus in East Lansing. Because of this cost structure, exchanges are often ideal for students paying in-state tuition. Course equivalencies should be discussed with an advisor to ensure the validity of credits.

Direct Enroll

Students pay the tuition and fee rates of the host university, typically through a program fee from MSU. This model is often a great financial option for out-of-state and international students. Course equivalencies should be discussed with an advisor to ensure the validity of credits.

Customized

Students pay a program fee, which includes tuition for the semester, as well as accommodations. For programs with home stays, this also includes most meals; cultural excursions may be included on a program-specific basis. Open to admitted business students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students will earn a set number of credits on this program, from a pre-determined course mix. For example, students may earn credit for two business core courses, MKT 310 and MGT 315, the upper level IAH requirement, and a language course (all levels welcome with no prior language proficiency required). Customized programs do not allow flexibility in courses, but allow students to plan exactly what credits they will earn while abroad.

Locations:
  • Buenos Aires
  • Florence
  • Shanghai

Faculty-Directed Programs

Faculty-directed programs are short-term education abroad experiences with coursework taught by MSU faculty. These programs are offered during winter break, spring break, or during the summer session and typically offer 1-9 credits. Faculty-directed courses use the setting overseas to complement and enrich the academic content, often building in excursions to popular sites in their host countries. Specially designed programs allow faculty to teach content differently than on main campus, making the most of the location. Having smaller groups and faculty accompanying students ensures built-in support for students and a great opportunity to get to know the professors. Program directors may require pre- or post-departure meetings or coursework.

Programs

The following programs are sponsored by the Eli Broad College of Business and tend to work well for Broad students. Students should still consult with an advisor to confirm that the courses available on any given program fits with a student’s course of study and major. Students may also work with the Office of Education Abroad and the Broad College to choose another study abroad program that better fits their needs. For information on education abroad for Hospitality Business, please visit Hospitality Business Education Abroad Programs.

Cape Town panoramic photo

Africa and the Middle East

  • Israel

    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • 15 credits, direct enroll program
    • Conveniently located on an attractive modern campus in Beer Sheva, about one hour south of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Study alongside a dynamic student body while exploring nearby desert flats, sand dunes, and deep canyons.

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
    • 15 credits, direct enroll program (at least sophomore status)
    • Spend a semester exploring the fascinating corners of Jerusalem while studying Israeli history and culture, Hebrew, and other courses of interest.

    Tel Aviv University

    • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
    • 15 credits, direct enroll program

    The program is in English and includes a wide choice of courses. Tel Aviv University, the largest university in Israel, is situated only a short distance from the magnificent Mediterranean coast and in Israel’s cultural, financial and industrial heartland.

  • South Africa

    Doing Business in South Africa

    • Summer Session
    • 1-3 credits, faculty-led program (at least junior status)
    • Spend 17 days learning about South Africa’s increasing position as a major partner in U.S. and world trade. Site visits will provide students with insights into the corporate and social cultures of South African companies.
Buenos Aires at night

Americas

  • Argentina

    Semester in Buenos Aires

    • Spring Semester
    • 12 credits, customized program
    • Spend a semester in the capital of Argentina while earning credits for business core classes and being immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment. No prior language proficiency required.
  • Canada

    U.S. and Canada: Great Lakes Supply Chain Tour

    • Summer Session
    • 3 credits, faulty-directed program (at least sophomore status)
    • Students will view the Great Lakes region from industrial, government and transportation perspectives gaining understanding of the core principles in supply chain management.
Tokyo at night

Asia and Oceania

  • Australia

    Business of the Olympics: Winter & Summer Olympic Venues Explored

    • Summer Session
    • 6 credits, faulty-directed program (at least sophomore status)
    • Students will learn how individual businesses, government agencies, and public and private industries create and follow different business plans before the Olympics; during the Olympics; and after the Olympics to sustain profit.

    Monash University in Melbourne

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits (at least sophomore status)
    • Direct Enrollment
    • Exchange
    • Experience the Australian lifestyle and take classes from a wide array of subjects while living in southeast Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia

    University of New South Wales

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • 12 credits (at least sophomore status)
    • Direct Enrollment
    • Exchange
    • Take a variety of classes and explore the largest city in Australia while living on a campus bordered on one side by the ocean and the other by mountains and great open plains.

    University of Sydney

    • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
    • Minimum 12 credits (at least sophomore status)
    • Direct Enrollment
    • Exchange
    • Live in Sydney for a semester while taking classes at Australia’s first university and exploring Australian culture.

    University of Technology Sydney

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits (at least sophomore status)
    • Direct Enrollment
    • Exchange
    • Located in the heart of Sydney’s media district, this university offers students with hands-on experience and exposure to cutting-edge technology.
  • China

    City University of Hong Kong

    • Fall, Summer, or Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits, Exchange
    • City University is known for its professional programs that combine real-world experience with research and study.  Study on a campus with high rise dorms and tech savvy classrooms.

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    • Fall, Summer, Spring, or Academic Year
    • Minimum 12 credits,Exchange (at least sophomore status)
    • HKUST is situated on a lovely seaside campus above Clear Water Bay in the New Territories. It also offers exchange students a Buddy system, where domestic students will assist exchange students with airport reception, settling in on-campus, and various other matters to help students adapt to their new environment during the semester.

    Semester in Shanghai

    • Spring Semester
    • Minimum 13 credits, Custom Program (at least junior status)
    • Earn credits for business core courses while studying in one of the world’s great megacities, Shanghai, where gleaming skyscrapers and ancient alleys and temples share space. No prior language proficiency required.

    Marketing in China

    • Summer Session
    • Minimum 7 credits, faculty-directed program

    This two-and-a-half-week program allows students to experience several locations in China.Activities will include visits to businesses, guest lectures by local business leaders, and historical and cultural excursions.

  • India

    Managing Strategy in a Growing Economy

    • Winter Break
    • 3 credits, faculty-directed program
    • Visit three major cities: Mumbai, the business center; Bangalore, the tech hub; and Goa, the tourist destination while visiting about a dozen firms across several industries.
  • Japan

    Business and Culture in Japan

    • Spring Break
    • 3 credits, faculty-directed program
    • Spend a week in Tokyo exploring key differences between Western and Japanese culture and business practices that require utilization of culturally appropriate marketing approaches/strategies.
  • New Zealand

    University of Waikato

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits, Direct Enrollment (at least sophomore status)
    • Explore the New Zealand society and educational system while studying on a campus that is spread out on 166 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with extensive sporting and recreational areas surrounding three ornamental lakes.
  • South Korea

    Human Resource Practices and Employment Relations in Korea

    • Summer Session
    • 3 credits, faculty-directed program (at least senior status)
    • This program aims to provide students with a deep understanding of the employment relations system and human resource practices in South Korea. Students will have the chance to network with graduate students, professors, and human resource executives.
  • Thailand

    Chulalongkorn University

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits, Exchange (at least sophomore status)
    • Spend a semester living in central Bangkok, surrounded by extraordinary beaches and resorts, while taking core business course and learning Thailand culture.
Overlooking Greek countryside

Europe

  • Belgium

    Global Finance Studies in Belgium

    • Summer Session
    • 9 credits, faculty-directed program (at least sophomore status)
    • Study global challenges and opportunities in the field of finance while experiencing life in a small historical, French speaking town.
  • England

    Marketing and Business in London

    • Winter Break
    • 6 credits, faculty-directed program (at least junior status)
    • Study marketing and business in one of the great business and cultural centers of the world. This short program will involve interactive class sessions focusing on course content, group discussions, and exploration of unique marketing tools and strategies.

    Northumbria University International Summer School

    • Summer Session
    • Minimum 4 credits, Direct Enrollment (at least junior status)
    • Spend a summer in Newcastle upon Tyne and experience this multi-cultural city while taking classes to expand your academic horizon
  • France

    Neoma Business School

    • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
    • Minimum 12 credits, Exchange (at least junior status)
    • Students can explore international business and improve their French language skills in a rewarding international setting.
  • Greece

    Business Law, Ethics and Sustainability in an Emerging Global Market

    • Summer Session
    • Minimum 8 credits, faculty-directed program (at least sophomore status)
    • This program offers a unique opportunity to explore Greece and learn its deep history and richly diverse culture while earning academic credit. Activities include international site visits, cultural and business field trips, experiential learning activities, and multinational business content.
  • Hungary

    Corvinus University of Budapest

    • Fall or Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits, Direct Enroll (at least sophomore status)
    • Live in a city rich in history and cultural achievement while taking a variety of courses from business, Hungarian language & culture to international relations.
  • Italy

    American University of Rome

    • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
    • Minimum 12 credits, Direct Enroll (at least sophomore status)
    • Housed in a beautiful villa located on the crest of Rome’s highest hill and on the right bank of the Tiber River, students will be taught by multinational faculty in an international setting.

    John Cabot University

    • Summer Semester
    • Minimum 13 credits, Direct Enroll (at least junior status)
    • Students will have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of arts and letters fields as well as business classes.  An important focus of the experience is on Rome itself—Rome as a center of international business as well as a focal point of ancient, Renaissance and modern history and art.

    Semester in Florence

    • Spring Semester
    • Minimum 12 credits, Custom Program (at least junior status)
    • Immerse yourself in the art, language, and culture of Italy while experiencing the single – and evolving – market that is the European Union. Earn credit for two core business courses while selecting from a variety of other courses to fulfill IAH or ISS requirements or CAS or ESHP courses and perfecting your Italian.

    See what other students studying in Florence have thought of their experience.

  • Russia

    Business and Culture in St. Petersburg

    • Summer Session
    • 6 credits, faculty-directed program
    • This program offers a good balance between classroom instruction and the opportunity to experience all that the city has to offer, through visits to key businesses, instructional trips to historical museums, tours of the city, and interaction with Russian professors and students.
  • Scotland

    Business in Scotland

    • Summer Session
    • Minimum 6 credits, faculty-directed program
    • This program focuses on managing people and operations in a global market.  Students will be exposed to different employment relations models and begin to understand the impact of multinational corporations on the management of people and operations in complex organizations.
  • Spain

    Business and Culture in Spain

    • Spring Break
    • 3 credits, faculty-directed program (at least sophomore status)
    • This program aims to deepen students’ understanding of international business while visiting Madrid and Barcelona. Activities range from corporate visits, cultural visits to architectural tours.
  • Multiple Countries

    Marketing and International Comparative Dimensions of Business in Europe

    • Summer Session
    • 6 credits, faculty-directed program (at least sophomore status)
    • This program combines marketing and the international comparative dimensions of business into 22 days summer experience.  Students will receive extensive contact with European executives and officials, while staying in the heart of cultural centers in France, UK, Germany and Switzerland.

Internationalizing Your Degree

Minor in International Business

The international business minor is a great academic opportunity for students who plan careers with an international orientation and who wish to add breadth to their major. The minor is designed for students who desire to increase their understanding of various regions of the world and the global marketplace.

Connect with the Office for International Students and Scholars

The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families. There are a number of ways to get involved with OISS, including volunteer opportunities.

Join a Student Organization

There are more than 900 registered student organizations at MSU, many of which include an international focus.

The MSU International Business Organization (IBO) promotes a greater understanding of international business and fosters personal and professional development through networking events, speaker presentations and corporate trips. The student organization is committed to its members’ needs in order to be key innovators, core contributors and successful leaders in today’s global community.

The Spartan Global Development Fund (SGDF) is a student-run initiative working to expand awareness and support for microfinance while building lasting partnerships in the quest for permanent solutions to global poverty. SGDF helps promote the causes of sustainability and entrepreneurship by providing interest-free micro loans to small businesses in less-developed areas of the world.

Start Your Journey

Check out all the business education abroad options through the Office for Education Abroad.