International graduate students with teaching assistantships must attend an orientation program which typically is held in August. The orientation program introduces students to Michigan State University, to the American university educational system, to principles of classroom teaching and policies of the university, and to local community resources available to all students, and to students from specific countries. In addition, all students will take a variety of tests designed to analyze their proficiency in the English language with respect to assignment to classroom teaching responsibilities. The SPEAK test of verbal English ability is typically offered at selected international sites in the year before arriving at MSU.

Following receipt of your official notification of admission to graduate study you will receive detailed information about the orientation program from the Office of the Provost.

Recent legislation has created additional reporting requirements for international students. For detailed information about SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), click here or contact: 

Office for International Students and Scholars
103 International Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1035