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Michigan State University EXC
East Lansing, MI, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Restrictions: Sydney applicants only
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Program Details:
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Minimum Mark:
65% overall; Credit
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Postgraduate coursework, Postgraduate research, Undergraduate
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Agreement Scope:
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Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
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Program Description:
Program Description:


Location: Michigan
Year Established: 1855
Student population: 50 000
The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

MSU is home to one of the most talented, creative, and hardworking student communities you’ll find. Our students come from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. They win championship titles and some of the world’s most prestigious academic awards. They conduct research, study abroad, and take advantage of hundreds of student organizations and the more than 200 academic programs MSU offers.

As an ASP student, you will have the entire MSU community to tap into. You can join clubs or intramural sports teams, attend athletic games and go to shows and concerts, or even get an on-campus job! MSU wants you to take in all that a large American institution has to offer. MSU is also one of the nations Top 5 Universities for sustainability.
Unique characteristics
Students come to MSU for academics, but fall in love with the people and community. Their student body is really social, friendly, globally aware, and active. We have over 600 clubs and organizations that you can get involved in the minute you set foot on campus. You can cheer on our teams with all sporting facilities located on campus. You can stroll the sidewalks of the quintessential college town of East Lansing and pop into a coffee house, restaurant, shop or pub. And we're sure you’ll make friends and find a party to attend every now and again.
MSU's sprawling campus is in East Lansing, Michigan. The campus is perched on the banks of the Red Cedar River. Downtown, students can choose from dining and nightlife options, and the city is also home to the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Lake Michigan and its beaches are a short trip away, as is the state capital of Lansing. The Michigan State Spartans compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, supported by award-winning mascot Sparty. There are more than 600 student clubs and organizations, including more than 55 fraternities and sororities.


Academic Information

Course Catalogue  
Information about units of study at the host university. 

Subject Area/s: 

Arts and Social Sciences






Natural Resources



Natural Science

Communication Arts



At least 50% of the courses should be taken in the College at MSU that is hosting
the Exchange (based on the Exchange agreement) or Study Abroad student.
  • All pre-professional schools
  • Nursing
  • Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • Business
  • Law
  • Genetics
  • Education
Please see the list of majors offered at MSU.

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms

Autumn Term: September - December
Spring Term: January - May
Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)


University of Sydney

Host University


12-15 credits

Grading System
MSU uses letter grades from A through F, based on a 4-point scale.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period, but you may need to request copies be sent back to your home university.

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Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English.

Language Requirement
See language requirements for non-native speakers of English. 
  • Paper Based TOEFL (PBT) 550, with no sub-score below 52
  • Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) 79, with no sub-score below 17
IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no sub-score below 6.0

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What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the City of East Lansing (the Home of Michigan State University). 

Michigan State University is home to one of the largest residence hall systems in the United States. This means MSU has a largely residential campus. Living on campus with an American roommate is a great way to experience American culture and is an important part of every Spartan's college experience! To meet different financial needs and personal preferences of students, Michigan State University offers a variety of residence hall accommodations. All halls are co-educational. Men and women are housed in separate suites on separate. More information on Housing options are offered by the MSU. 

Cost of Living
Students coming to Michigan State University should refer to their exchange office for specific exchange agreement.
In general, exchange students pay:
  •  Home institution tuition
  •  Room and Board, educational supplies, health insurance, fees & taxes (see estimated student budget chart above)
  • Students should also budget for additional living and travel expenses

Students will be automatically enrolled in health insurance at MSU through Aetna Student Health.

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Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by MSU. 

Semester/Term Dates
Access the Michigan State University's calendar
The International New Student Orientation (INSO) has been carefully planned to ease your transition into college life at MSU and provide you with a strong foundation for achieving your goals. Because MSU is committed to student success, attendance at INSO is mandatory for all new international undergraduate students. INSO occurs just prior to the start of each semester.

Support Services 
Studying abroad is an exciting but sometimes stressful experience for students. MSU provides tips and services to support student mental well-being on your education abroad program.

Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of The United States in Australia

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Student Experiences

"There is nothing like the Spartan Life":


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