Events


AUG
19
Date:
Saturday, 19 Aug 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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New international students can move into their residence halls starting on Saturday, August 19th. 

Pre-Arrival Check List click here.

Transportation to East Lansing and MSU

  • Lansing Capital Region International Airport (LAN)Opens in new window
    To make your travels to MSU as easy as possible, you are encouraged to arrange your travel schedule so that the Lansing Capital Region International Airport (LAN) is your final flight destination. Taxi service is available from the Lansing Capital Region International Airport to MSU, and is just a short 15 minute ride away.
     
  • Michigan FlyerOpens in new window
    If your final flight destination is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), we recommend taking the Michigan Flyer bus to East Lansing, followed by a short taxi ride to campus. The Michigan Flyer offers daily bus service between the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and East Lansing. Buses run 8 times a day, take around 2 hours, and cost $32.
     
  • Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA)Opens in new window
    MSU is a very large campus, and does not have taxi stands available for transportation - if you would like a taxi, you will have to call a taxi service to reserve a ride and wait for their arrival. Most MSU students utilize the CATA (Capital Area Transportation Authority) campus bus service for transportation, which operates each Fall and Spring semester, 7 days a week with 24-hour service available. 
AUG
20
Date:
Sunday, 20 Aug 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) for provisionally admitted undergraduate students. Sign up for a test time on your account (admissions.msu.edu/your-account/)

AUG
21
Date:
Monday, 21 Aug 2017
Time:
All day
Location:
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Monday – Friday, August 21-25, 2017


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: All International Academic Orientation (IAOP) sessions are mandatory for new undergraduate students on F-1/J-1 visas. Students on other visas should contact aop(at)msu.edu to schedule an orientation date.

Graduate Students: Check with your deparment regarding orientation and immigration check-in dates and times.

Date:
Monday, 21 Aug 2017
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 115
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Sample Schedule (not final)

9am-10am Walking Tours of Campus
10:00am Check-In
10:30am - 4:30pm Program Sessions and Presentations (Lunch included)
4:30pm - 6:00pm Campus and Community Resource Fair
6:00pm - 8:00pm Reception for parents and their students

Parents and family members of new international students can register for the program online. Click here to register.

Date:
Monday, 21 Aug 2017
Time:
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location:
Mann Ice Arena
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Representatives from MSU and the Greater Lansing community are in one location to help you gather information about various departments, student organizations, and support services. Resources include apartment complexes, cell phone companies, banks, health insurance providers, nationality clubs, driver's license office, tutoring services, MSU College/libraries, and more!

AUG
22
Date:
Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Food Court
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Come sing with friends from all over the world! You don't want to miss this party, which is co-sponsored by the University Activities Board (UAB).

AUG
23
Date:
Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location:
IM West Sports Building
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Play basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other sports or hang out and talk to new friends!

AUG
24
Date:
Thursday, 24 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Wells Hall Courtyard
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Many international students want to learn about American college sports. The MSU Association of Future Alumni and MSU Athletics will teach you the basics of the game, what it means to tailgate, who are rivals are, traditional MSU cheers, and much more. You will learn what you need to do to help cheer on our Michigan State Spartans!

AUG
26
Date:
Saturday, 26 Aug 2017
Time:
10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location:
108 Bessey Hall
Department:
Office for International Students and Scholars
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Freshman Composition Class Placement

MSU's freshman composition course will prepare you for a lifetime of effective written communication—the first step in a series of courses during college that will require substantial amounts of writing. Students are placed into a Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRA) course based on their ACT/SAT test scores. For more information, visit: http://wrac.msu.edu. Students wishing to "write out" of their Preparation for College Writing course (WRA 1004/0102) will have the opportunity to write an essay during International Student Orientation. 

Regularly admitted undergraduate international students may take an optional writing placement essay exam on Saturday, Aug. 26th, 10 am, 108 Bessey Hall or Monday, Aug. 28th, 1 pm, 307 Bessey Hall.  This essay exam is designed for students who have been placed in WRA 1004/102 Preparation for College Writing, but feel that their extra language experience and learning might qualify them to take a Tier 1 (WRA 101) course instead.  International students must be regularly admitted students in order to qualify for this essay exam.

If you have any questions about this placement opportunity, please e-mail Joyce Meier (meierjo(at)msu.edu) by Friday, August 25, 2017.
 

 

AUG
27
Date:
Sunday, 27 Aug 2017
Time:
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Hannah Community Center
Department:
Asian Studies Center
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The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have announced the book selection for the 2017 One Book, One Community (OBOC) program: "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley.

Saroo's story is one of determination, the unfailing love of family and the universal need to know our origins. His story became a media sensation and led to his book, "A Long Way Home," and the Oscar-nominated film, "Lion," starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.

"A Long Way Home" is a #1 international bestseller based on the true story of author Saroo Brierley's incredible journey from India to Australia and back again. After becoming separated from his brother, five-year-old Saroo boards a train in rural India in his desperate and frightened search to find his family. Saroo falls asleep and awakens to find himself traveling across the countryside thousands of miles away from everything he has ever known. He ends up on the notoriously rough streets of Calcutta, where a different language is spoken and homeless children are invisible to most. Unable to understand Saroo's pronunciation of his hometown, authorities eventually declare him a lost child and he is adopted to a couple, Sue and John Brierley, in Australia. Raised in their loving home, Saroo's past slides away, but is never truly forgotten. As he grows into adulthood, he feels he is a person of two worlds - one of which is lost to him. Where did he come from and what about the family he left behind? Saroo turns to modern technology to search for his birth family and home. Following train lines in India on Google Earth maps and using bits of fragmented memory, Saroo eventually finds the place he came from and returns to India, where he is reunited with his birth mother and other members of his long lost family.