International Students at Michigan State University

International Students

International Students

Welcome to the United States, Spartan! We are honored to have you join us in East Lansing as a student at Michigan State University. MSU is home to students from 130 different countries and while you are a student here, you will have many opportunities to learn about new cultures, meet new friends and try new things. While living on campus, you can focus on exploring your new surroundings, while we focus on providing you with a safe and secure living space and healthy food options.

When you live on campus you are just minutes away from the resources you need to be a successful student, including: classes, fitness centers, dining halls, tutoring, recreation, job opportunities and of course people! One of the easiest ways to meet new friends is on your residence hall floor. For a look at what it’s like to live on campus, visit our YouTube page. Also, be sure to download our International Student Newsletter for information on resources that will help you succeed while at MSU.


Office for International Students and Scholars

How to Get Involved

There are more than 800 student organizations on campus that students can get involved with, varying from performing arts clubs, to sports clubs and business groups. There is something for everyone here at MSU. 

There are also several ways to get involved in your residence hall. Talk with your resident assistant (RA) about your interest and they can help connect you to residents who share the same interests and activities on your floor, building and neighborhood. You can connect with other students in your residence hall by joining your hall’s Facebook group. 

Information on activities and student organizations can be found on the Student Life page at: and the University Activities Board at:

Between Semester Housing

MSU makes staying on campus easy for you, even during the breaks and holidays with our between semester housing.

In the fall, the residence halls close for the holiday break at 8 p.m. on the Friday of finals week. By that time, all residents (except those living in 1855 Place, University Village and Spartan Village) are required to leave the halls during this time period. Students who are interested in staying on campus can apply for a Between Semester Housing Plan.

The Between Semester Housing plan is only available to residents in McDonel, Hubbard, Owen, Van Hoosen and Wonders halls. It includes housing for residents in their current rooms for the duration of winter break and meals in select dining halls. The total cost for the Between Semester Housing plan will be charged to the individual’s student account. If you do not live in one of the halls listed above, you will need to make alternative arrangements. Accommodations are available at Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.