Students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States should apply to Michigan State University as international students. Citizens with dual U.S. citizenship should apply as a U.S. citizen even if they currently reside outside the U.S.
Admission to Michigan State University is competitive. Students applying for Fall semester (August) admission are encouraged to apply during the fall of the prior year for maximum consideration. Students applying for Spring semester (January) admission may begin applying in September. Michigan State does not admit international undergraduate students for the Summer semester. Please note that the application for admission may not be available at certain times of the year.
Interested students should submit an online application for admission. Decisions are typically made eight to 12 weeks after all application materials are received.
Please note: Documents submitted to MSU as part of the application process will NOT be returned.
Important: Applicants must certify that all documents submitted as part of the application for admission are authentic. Any falsification of academic records through omission or misstatement may result in cancellation of admission and/or other disciplinary action by Michigan State University. Each student is responsible for all information contained in his/her application for admission. Students who employ consultants in the application process are still responsible for the content and authenticity of their own applications.
Students who have studied at any college or university after high school graduation MUST apply as a transfer student to Michigan State University. In addition to the application instructions above, all transfer students must meet the university's transfer admission criteria to be considered for admission to Michigan State. Transfer students selecting a limited enrollment major may have additional requirements. International transfer applicants should also submit:
Please arrange for a verification report of your university transcript with the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). The report must be mailed directly to the MSU Office of Admissions by the CDGDC. IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your transcript includes Fall Semester grades. DO NOT send our office a transcript until you have completed your Fall Semester.
In order to obtain the documents needed to file for a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019), admitted students must show adequate proof of financial support. Upon acceptance, admitted students will be required to upload a signed affidavit of support and bank statement with the name of the account holder in English via the online admission portal. Please do not send these documents in paper form at the time of application.
International applicants whose first language is not English must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements for regular admission to Michigan State University. Students with acceptable academic credentials who do not meet language proficiency requirements may be admitted on provisional status. Students who may be admitted provisionally are still required to submit English language proficiency exam scores to the Office of Admissions.
The following requirements pertain to undergraduate students only. Graduate applicants should consult MSU's Graduate School for minimum English language requirements.
Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher
Provisional admission: Score of 6.0
Regular admission: Score of 480 or higher
Regular admission: Subscore of 18 or higher on the English section
Regular admission:Average score of at least 80 with no subscore below 80, OR Average score of at least 85 with no subscore below 78
Provisional admission: Average score of 65-79
Regular admission: Score of 4 or higher
Regular admission: Average score of 80 or higher
Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, international applicants taking the MELAB must complete the MELAB speaking test
Regular admission: Score of 65 with no subscore below 15
Regular admission (undergraduate): Minimum score of 53; minimum subscore requirement of 48
Provisional admission (undergraduate): Average overall score of at least 46
Applications are valid for one year beyond the semester of submission. It is not necessary to submit a new application form or application fee during this period. To be considered for an alternate semester, contact the Office of Admissions before your application expires.
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