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Next steps for admitted international students

Congratulations! You applied. You were accepted. Now it’s time to confirm your place.

Please thoroughly review all of the steps listed below and complete them as soon as possible. After being admitted, these steps can also be viewed in your account.

You’re just steps away from being an official Spartan! Here’s your checklist.

Reserve your place

All admitted international students who plan to attend Michigan State University fall semester should reserve their place in the incoming class as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU, but no later than May 1. International students planning to enroll for either the spring or summer semester should reserve their place within four weeks from the date of their admission. Complete the steps below to reserve your place at MSU.

The first step to secure your place in the incoming class is to submit the $250 Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED). Submitting your deposit holds your place in the incoming class and automatically registers you for the required New Student Orientation (NSO). Visit the orientation website for more information on your upcoming orientation. If you have any questions, please contact orientation staff at +1 517-355-8490 or

Deposit deadline
First-year students planning a fall semester enrollment should submit a deposit as soon as they have decided to enroll at MSU, but no later than May 1. MSU reserves the right to cancel your admission if you do not submit your deposit by May 1. Any student planning to enroll for either the spring or summer semester should submit the deposit within four weeks from the date of their admission.

Deposit refund
The deposit is refundable up until May 1 for first-year students planning a fall semester enrollment. In order to receive a refund, you must cancel your application in your account by clicking the “cancel application” link, after which MSU will automatically process a refund. Please note that the deposit is nonrefundable for first-year students enrolling for spring and summer semesters, as well as for all transfer students.

Log in to submit your deposit

Once you receive an email with your student ID number and Personal Access Number (PAN), you can activate your MSU NetID and email account. After this activation, you will begin receiving communications about New Student Orientation (NSO) and you can complete your housing contract.

Make sure to monitor your MSU email account regularly, as MSU will send important information to this email address.

All international first-year students, with a few exceptions, are required to live in on-campus housing for the first four semesters they are enrolled at MSU (summer term excluded).

In the spring you will receive more housing and dining information, including requirements and deadlines, from MSU Live On. Be sure to regularly check your MSU email address for updates. Visit the MSU LiveOn website for more information about on-campus housing and to explore first-year student halls and neighborhoods.

Also in the spring you will log in to your My Housing account and sign your housing contract. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian will need to sign the contract as well. There is no additional housing deposit; your Advanced Enrollment Deposit includes your $40 housing application fee. You should submit your Advanced Enrollment Deposit and sign your housing contract no later than May 5.

If you will be studying in the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you will need to upload a scan of your passport and show adequate proof of financial support in order for Michigan State University to issue you the appropriate documents to obtain a student visa (I-20 or DS-2019). Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 from MSU, you will need to apply for a student visa to study in the U.S.

Instructions for obtaining your immigration documents

Continue to the next step:
Immigration docs